Great Wall – BT4
“The Great Wall” quenching the Spirit in churches is being built by worldly stones instead of by The Rock
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The stones that many of today’s churches are placing on top of that “old” foundation borrowed from the OT to build “The Great Wall” are actually stones borrowed from the world around them. They are picking up “stones” from the world’s models of leadership and success – the so-called “leaders” don’t even know who God called His “ministers” – it’s the saint who do the work of the ministry (a)! I’ve seen this time and time again over 40 years of various ministries in 15 churches. The Lord clearly told me, “There are no solo acts!” But He has said so much about Body-of-Christ ministry! See also Coaches and Facilitators. <Notes> a) Ephesians 4:12.
It has grieved God’s Spirit within me to see so many people “picking up of the world’s stones.” But “what koinonia fellowship has light with darkness,” the apostle Paul asks (a)? This same “borrowing from the world” has occurred within worship music. Because so many are so concerned about attracting larger audiences, “the ends have now justified the means.” In many ways they have reversed Paul’s advice in to “absolutely in possibility not to be conformed to (b) this world, but be metamorphically transformed by the renewing of your mind” (c). <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 6:14, b) pressed into the mold of, c) Romans 12:2.
However, the Church can’t be built using a foundation or stones borrowed from anything but Christ and His Spirit! The Church can’t borrow the same “success” goals or methods from the old covenant, the business world, or any other religion or philosophy. The Petra “mass of solid rock, native foundational bedrock that protrudes from the earth, like a projecting cliff” that Christ builds His church on is definitely not Peter, which in Greek is petros that means “a pebble, like a small isolated rock found along a pathway.” The Catholic Church really got that wrong! But then many Protestants say that that petra refers to “our confession of trusting-relying-faith” that Peter was the first to make: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” But Nathaniel got that revelation as soon as he met Jesus in John 1:49: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel” long before Peter did! So what makes Peter so special?
Both groups are blind to the constant references Jesus made to the prophetic scriptures about Him! The Petra “massive rock” is “the living God,” the Father of Christ that David prophetically spoke of: “For You are my Rock and my fortress” (a), and “You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation” (b). God asks, “Is there a God besides Me? There is no Rock; I know not any!” (c)! And “There is none holy like Yahweh: For there is none besides You; there is no Rock like our God” (d), and “Yahweh is my Rock and my fortress and my deliver, my God, my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior” (e). Also, “Yahweh, my Rock and my redeemer, for . . . they remembered that God was their Rock, the Most High God their redeemer” (f). <Notes> a) Psalms 31:3 , cf. Psalms 71:3, b) Psalms 89:26, c) Isaiah 44:8 , cf. Psalms 18:31, d) 1 Samuel 2:2, e) 2 Samuel 22:2-3, cf. Psalms 18:2, 18:46, f) Psalms 19:14, 78:35. See also: Deuteronomy 32:4, 15, 18, 30-31, 3; 2 Samuel 22:32, 47, 23:3; Psalms 28:1, 31:2-3, 42:9, 61:2, 62:2, 6-7, 71:3, 78:35, 89:26; 92:15, 94:22, 95:1, 144:1; Isaiah 17:10, 26:4, 30:29, 51:1; Habakkuk 1:12.
Yahweh God was the “Rock” that Moses struck in Exodus 17:6, that he was only to speak to in Numbers 20:8 but in anger stuck again twice in Numbers 20:11 that cost him entering into the promised land (a). But Paul said this same Rock was Christ (b), who is the “Rock of stumbling” (c) that Jesus says people must fall onto to be broken to pieces unless they want it to fall on them and crush them (d) – see Surrendered Control. However, David prophecies of the Messiah speaking to His Father: “You are My Father, My God, and the Rock of My salvation.’ And I will make Him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth” (e). How can the Rock be both Yahweh God and also Christ? Because Jesus said “I and the Father are one” (f), yes, “One, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in you” (g), for “to us a child is born, to us a Son is given . . . and His name shall be called . . . Mighty God, Everlasting Father . . .” (h). Jesus is “the image of the invisible God, the preeminent of all creation” (i). God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the Rock of which we must build the Church on. Nothing else is needed! <Notes> a) cf. Deuteronomy 8:15; Nehemiah 9:15; Psalms 78:15-16, 20, 105:41; Isaiah 10:26, 48:21, b) 1 Corinthians 10:4, c) Isaiah 8:14; Romans 9:33; 1 Peter 2:8, d) Matthew 1:44, e) Psalms 98:26-27, f) John 10:30, g) John 17:21, h) Isaiah 9:6, i) 2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:15.