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JESUS THE CHRIST – THE ALREADY LAID CHURCH FOUNDATION

 

The ever increasing presence of God in the heavens and the earth (Isaiah 9:6, 7) continues to shake things to the core (Hebrews 12:25-29; Haggai 2:6, 7). We are witnessing moment by moment the glorious bride of Christ making herself ready (Revelation 19:7). Every creature which has not chosen to hear the voice of God (Hebrews 12:25) or abide in the presence of our Holy God is being shaken and exposed. The glorious church is taking its righteous place in the Spirit of God!

 

The Kingdom of God cannot be shaken; therefore everything else will be shaken leaving only the Kingdom of God (Hebrews 12:28). We are citizens of the Kingdom of God (Philippians 3:17-21). Rejoice because we cannot be shaken!

 

We, the church, have the grace of God whereby we may not be shaken. We do not have a witch hunt mentality concerning those who are being shaken and exposed. With a heart of love and grace, we lovingly bring choice to the world (John 3:17). Remember, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8) providing a choice to either continue in sin or reign in life; life given to us through God’s grace pouring forth from the cross and resurrection. The high clarion trumpet call of God is to choose life.

 

We are not a fearful church, but a church filled with the love of God. We as citizens of heaven live, move and have our being in God Almighty (Acts 17:28). God alone is our source. Now is the time to stand on the only sure laid foundation and that is Jesus the Christ (I Corinthians 3:10, 11).

 

The following is an excerpt from SESSION ONE of Father’s Heart Ministry training manual called: Jesus, Son of Man, Jesus the Anointed and Jesus the Son of God:

 

THE ALREADY LAID FOUNDATION OF THE CHURCH IS JESUS THE CHRIST: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

 

For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus (the) Christ (Anointed One). (1 Corinthians 3:11, emphasis added, NAS)

 

From SESSION ONE, we have learned that Jesus, as the Son of Man (humanity), walked in an intimate relationship with God. Jesus is called the Christ or the Anointed One (Messiah) because of His lubricated, pliable and moldable heart relationship with God.

 

God the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit are one in love and power; therefore, as Jesus walked in intimacy with God, the Holy Spirit and power nature of God was resident in Him. As the God nature of love and power are imparted to us in an intimate relationship with God we also can consider ourselves as one of God’s christs i.e. God’s anointed.

 

Note explanation: When I say that we are God’s christs, I am saying that we are God’s anointed. Christ means anointed just as Messiah means anointed. We of course are not THE Christ but are anointed sons of God. 

 

REVELATORY SCRIPTURE CONCERNING THE ANOINTING

 

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (Acts 10:38, KJV, emphasis added)

 

Note the above scripture to determine:

·         First the source of the anointing

·         Secondly the destination of the anointing

·         Thirdly who and what is the anointing

·         Fourthly the purpose of the anointing

·         Fifthly the comforting declaration that God, the source and essence of the anointing, was with Jesus

 

SUMMARY OF THIS MOST PROFOUND SCRIPTURE (ACTS 10:38)

 

(1)   God is the source of the anointing

(2)   God’s destination for the anointing is humanity (Both Jesus of Nazareth and you)

(3)   God the Father, God the Word, and God the Holy Spirit are who comprise or are the three components of the anointing. What is the anointing? The anointing is the power of God.

(4)     God’s purpose for the anointing is to empower humanity to go about doing good and healing all who are oppressed by the devil.

(5)   God is with humanity in a relationship called the anointing and accomplishes all of the above.

 

In the above scripture (Acts 10:38) you may place your name along with that of Jesus of Nazareth. Don’t forget! The anointing is relationship, relationship and relationship.

 

WHAT DOES JESUS THE CHRIST AS THE FOUNDATION MEAN TO YOU?

 

Now to finally answer the question, “What does it mean that Jesus the Christ is the already laid foundation?” Knowing that God so desires to build His Church, I am so excited that God has chosen His people to build with Him. The Old covenant Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” Though this is what it says, our New Covenant says the following concerning the building of the house or temple of God which is the Church.

 

For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. According to the grace of God which was given to me (Paul), as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it. FOR NO MAN CAN LAY A FOUNDATION OTHER THAN THE ONE WHICH IS LAID, WHICH IS JESUS (THE) CHRIST (ANOINTED ONE). (1 Cor 3:9-11, emphasis added, NAS)

 

If God is to build His Church and we are the Church, then there has to be cooperation between God and man. To say that Jesus is the Christ (anointed) means again that Jesus communicated totally with God the Great Architect, and heard the plan of God to build His Church. 

 

What does this scripture mean when it says to be careful how you build? This simply means that we are to build the church in the same manner of anointed relationship with God that is demonstrated in Jesus. Jesus built by seeing and hearing the blueprints of God for the Church.

 

As with Jesus, the building of God’s household i.e. the Church is not achieved through a formula but in a relationship with God. Formulas are produced from a non-anointed heart of stone. It is from the anointed heart of flesh that God’s Church is structured and built. Every man’s building instructions are beautifully unique. Glory to God!

 

A reminder: Who is the true church? The Greek word for church is ekklesia (ek-klay-see'-ah). Simply said this word church means called out. The church is of course made up of people. By definition, the true church or called out church consists of those who have heard the call of God. Christ or the anointing means that one has heard and communicated righteously with God. Therefore the true spiritual church is God’s christs (anointed).

 

JESUS SAW, HEARD AND WALKED OUT THE BUILDING PLAN OF GOD…AS OUR EXAMPLE

 

The building plan of God, in order to be implemented, had to first be heard by Jesus and secondly implemented by Jesus. Jesus was the first to hear, see and be a New Covenant Holy Temple of God. In the same way that Jesus heard the Father and implemented His plan(s) for the house of God, we are now empowered to build upon that foundation. We are to continue building as co-laborers with God the New Jerusalem House of God which again is the body of Christ…the Church.

 

Do you see how Jesus the Christ is the already laid foundation of the glorious Church? In order to complete the task along with God as master builders we must be in an anointed (God’s christs) relationship with God.

 

We can never, ever abandon the already laid foundation of Jesus the Christ. We are co-laborers with God in completing the most glorious house ever built…the HOUSEHOLD OF GOD.

 

 

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