Would Jesus Recognize His Church?
August 22, 2013
When one hears the word “church,” a building or structure usually comes to mind. And we have so many of these religious edifices in the United States that this word will probably always be associated with something that man has built.
The actual church that Jesus established before he ascended back to the Father is known in the Bible as “the Body of Christ.” And this church is made up of people. It has also been described as the “invisible church.” This “invisible” quality means that it (the church) is comprised of both the dead and the living saints.
But would Jesus recognize His Church if He viewed it in the 21st century American version? Does the current church look like the church in the book of Acts?
Most people who are believers in Christ have heard of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). But Jesus gave His followers (that includes this current generation) many commands. One that stands out to me is this imperative by the Lord from the tenth chapter of Matthew: “‘Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give’” (Matthew 10:8). Unfortunately, we don’t see this command being carried out very often in the North American church.
Hopefully, before Jesus returns, His Church will return to its former glory and be one that He would recognize. Let this revival begin today!
Scripture quotations from The Authorized (King James) Version. Rights in the Authorized Version in the United Kingdom are vested in the Crown. Reproduced by permission of the Crown’s patentee, Cambridge University Press.