Temples and Churches
|Matthew 16:19 "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."|
|Will you release your neighbor or bind him? You paid in so you want the benefit...|
|2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.|
|The Church like the Church in the wilderness was to serve the families in congregations through charity.|
|Do you gather to serve others or be served emotionally by others?|
|What was the golden calf?|
|Were the Levites the called out?|
|What is the ekklesia?|
|Are we following Cain, Nimrod, Pharaoh, Caesar or Christ?|
|Do we have an appetite to bite one another or do we seek to live by the perfect law of liberty?|
|Do we live by faith or force?|
|Do you practice in your personal temple Pure Religion or Public religion in public temples?|
|Are you gathering in tens as Christ commanded?|
Temples and Churches
Jesus gave us the keys to kingdom. What we bind on earth is bound in heaven and what we loose is also loosed. We must make our yes, yes. God had told us time and again not to make covenants i.e. contracts or agreements that diminish our God given rights and responsibilities. He warned that we should not strike hands282 or pray, meaning to apply, to men and their gods,283 becoming unequally yoked, and eat the deceitful meats at tables that snared the people. Christ confirmed this precept with his stand on prayer/application, Corban, making a man on earth our father and His bar against the taking of oaths of any kind, also repeated by James. Paul says if we can be free choose it rather and that he would not be bound under the authority of any, and that we should let every man remain subject to the higher liberty.
“Swear not at all; but let your yea be yea, and your nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” (Justin Martyr, First apology, Chapter XVI: Concerning Swearing. A.D.165)
Jesus appointed284 His Apostles a kingdom to serve. In the King James Bible we see the word Church translated from the Greek word ekklesia defined ‘an assembly called out’. It is composed of two words that individually mean ‘called’ and ‘out’ but together they take on a new sense of oneness out of many.
There are more than a dozen Greek words for an assembly. Ekklesia was a political term, not a religious term. In classical Greek “ekklesia” meant “an assembly of citizens summoned by the crier, the legislative assembly.”285 An ekklesia is not just any assembly but it is, “the lawful assembly in a free Greek city of all those possessed of the rights of citizenship, for the transaction of public affairs.”286
In Acts 7:38 there is reference to “the church in the wilderness”.287 The people were called out of bondage of the Egyptian government and the Levites were called out of the walled camp of the golden calf to be ministers of Israel, which was to be God’s kingdom. The Apostles were also called out to be bond servants of Christ the king. Peter said they were to maintain an entrance288 to that Kingdom ministering to it under the perfect law of liberty.289 Abraham was called out of Ur and Haran, and Israel out of Egypt, and the citizens of Judea out of the apostasy of the Pharisees to become the early Church because God wants us to live as free souls under Him and not Cain, Nimrod, Pharaoh or Caesar or any other man acting as a god. God wants us to teach all nations the precepts of His kingdom at hand.
“Are men the property of the state? Or are they free souls under God?
This same battle continues throughout the world today?”290
Jesus called out and appointed men to follow Him in service to His people, His kingdom. These were the men he prayed could live in the “world” but not be a part of it as they ministered and taught His ways of hope, freedom and love.291 These servants of God belonged to Him. Jesus saw them more as his brothers than His servants.
The Levites before them also had belonged to God and were brothers in service to the congregations of the people.292 They were never to stand between the people and God. They were to serve the tents of the congregations so that the people would never need to pray to the gods of the gentiles in times of need and desperation. That system continued to bind the people together by faith, hope, and charity.
When Jesus called out His disciples to teach them to serve the kingdom,293 He also applied restrictions upon them, limiting the scope and power of their appointed office. This was done under remarkably similar conditions as Moses had done centuries before because God is the same, precept upon precept.
The word ekklesia is not always translated into Church. One source of confusion is because ekklesia is not a proper name but a descriptive noun. Wycliffe calls all ekklesias ‘churche’. While, Tyndale always calls them congregation. With out more knowledge and understanding both uses may lead to confusion.
282Proverbs 17:18 “A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.” Proverbs 22:26 “Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debt.”
283Exodus 23:32 “Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. Exodus 34:15, Deuteronomy 31:16, 31:20, Joshua 23:16, 2 Kings 17:35, 38, Jeremiah 11:10, 22:9
284Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Lu 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;”
285A Greek-English Lexicon, , p.206, by R. Scott, and H. G. Liddell (1996). Baker Book House, Grand Rapids
286Synonyms of the New Testament, 7th ed., pp. 1-2, R.C. Trench,
287Acts 7:38 “This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and [with] our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:”
2882Pe 1:11 “For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
289Jas 1:25 “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
290Cecil B. DeMille in “The Ten Commandments.”
291Joh 17:11 “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we [are]”.
292Nu 3:12 “And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;”
293Lu 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
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The Free Church Report presents a unique path for the modern Church according the nature of the first century Church by explaining the duty and purposes of that institution appointed by Christ. While Rome declined under runaway inflation, corrupt government, martial law, and endless threats of war, the Christians found an alternative to the men who “called themselves benefactors but exercised authority one over the other.”
The early Christian knew rights and responsibilities were indivisible. They sought the right to be ruled by God by taking back their responsibility, through the service of “called out” ministers who lived in the world, but were not of it. Their government benefits came through a divine network instituted in their hearts and minds by faith, hope, and charity under the perfect law of liberty as their Qorban of the unrighteous mammon failed the Roman society. Order
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