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Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2007 11:30:35 -0700
The CHURCH TRIUMPHANT on EARTH
-by Greg Gordon.

LIKE a MIGHTY ARMY

The Church is militant and triumphant on this earth! That is God’s
pre-ordained purpose and plan from the foundation of the world.
The words of this old hymn speak of this truth: “Onward, Christian
soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on
before. Like a mighty army, moves the Church of God. Crowns and
thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane, but the Church of
Jesus, constant will remain.” Christ died to redeem a people to
Himself and God: “That he might sanctify and cleanse it, with the
washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a
glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but
that it should be holy and without blemish.” Oh that we may grasp
in the depths or our heart that we have been called and set apart
to be a “glorious church” unto God. Praise God!

Scripture declares also that Jesus: “gave himself for us that he
might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a
peculiar people, zealous of good works.” We are those that “are
kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be
revealed in the last time.” We are a “peculiar people; that ye
should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of
darkness into his marvellous light.” We are children of the light
not of the dark! “We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us;
he that is not of God heareth not us.” We are called: “Saints,
Overcomers, Redeemed, Elect, Saved, Faithful, A Peculiar People,
Children of God.” Glory! All of the Divine promises are ours, we are
“partakers of the divine nature.” He is “able to keep you from falling,
and to present you, faultless before the presence of his glory with
exceeding joy.” God has a people kept by the love of Christ. His
Church will persevere against all woes that the world, flesh and the
devil can bombard it with. The very gates of hell will not prevail against it.


GOD Has ALWAYS HAD a PEOPLE!

“God Has Always Had A People! Many a foolish conqueror made
the mistake of thinking that because he had forced the Church of
Jesus Christ out of sight, he had stilled its voice and snuffed out
its life. But God Has Always Had A People! The powerful current
of a rushing river is not diminished because it is forced to flow
underground. The purest water is the stream that bursts crystal
clear into the sunlight after it has fought its way through solid rock.
There have been charlatans who like Simon the magician, sought
to barter on the open market that power which cannot be bought
or sold. But God Has Always Had A People!”

“Men who could not be bought and women who were beyond
purchase. Yes, God Has Always Had A People! There have been
times of affluence and prosperity when the Church's message
was nearly diluted into oblivion by those who sought to make it
socially attractive, neatly organized and financially profitable. It
has been gold plated, draped in purple and encrusted with jewels.
It has been misrepresented, ridiculed, blotted and scorned. These
followers of Jesus Christ have been according to the whim of the
times elevated as sacred leaders and martyred as heretics. Yet
through it all, there marches on that powerful army of the meek,
God's chosen people that can't be bought, flattered, murdered or
stilled. On through the ages they march.”

“The Church, God's Church Triumphant, is Alive and Well! Now
listen child of God. It's alive! Discouraged pastor, it's His Church
and it's alive! Lonely Missionary sow your seeds with confidence!
It's alive, my broken hearted friend! Old saint you’re not alone and
forgotten, the Church is alive! Busy mother, cast your cares on
Jesus! It's alive, young student. You're not alone in serving the
Lord! Faithful father, there's rest in the Lord! The Church is alive!
Cynical skeptic, you haven't killed God with your noisy unbelief.
He's Alive! So family of God, raise your hands and praise the Lord.
For the Church, God's Church Triumphant is Alive and Well!”


The OPPOSITION has BEEN STRONG

The French philosopher Voltaire, a skeptic who destroyed the faith
of many people, boasted that within 100 years of his death, the
Bible would disappear from the face of the earth. Voltaire died in
1728, but the Bible lives on. The irony of history is that 50 years
after his death, the Geneva Bible Society moved into his former
house and used his printing presses to print thousands of Bibles.
There has always been extreme opposition to the Church of God.
Satan has tried to vanquish and destroy the Church of God with
many evil men. But God’s purposes and plan continue amidst the
trials and tribulations that the Church goes through. Charles
Hodge wrote about the true Church in these words: “The Church,
during the apostolic age, did not consist of isolated, independent
congregations, but was one body, of which the separate churches
were constituent members, each subject to all the rest, or to an
authority which extended over all.” And God still has this one true
Church in the midst of many professors and hypocrites, God’s
true Church stands in the midst. And the world and all its forces
are against the true Church of God. Holy Scripture says: “Marvel
not, my brethren, if the world hate you.” Christ our Master said on
earth: “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but
he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” And
again our Master said: “If the world hates you, know that it hated
me before it hated you.” The Scriptures clearly show that those
that are of God come to the light and their deeds are righteous.
The true Church is a light and reproves the world of its wickedness
and rebellion. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come
into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because
their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light,
neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But
he that doeth truth cometh to t he light, that his deeds may be
made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”


EXALTING GOD in SONG

Charles Wesley wrote a powerful hymn in 1745 named: “Head of
Thy Church Triumphant” What a glorious hymn that exalts the true
head of the Church, Jesus Christ. Surely the only reason that the
Church is triumphant is because we have a triumphant leader...

Charles Wesley wrote another powerful hymn in 1759 named: “Let
Saints On Earth In Concert Sing” What a tremendous truth that we
have entered into the living Church of God that has existed through
many peoples and trials. This mighty conquering army moves on
never failing or giving in! Let us follow our master, His way will see
us through:

"Let saints on earth in concert sing. With those whose work is done;
For all the servants of our King. In heaven and earth are one. One
family, we dwell in him, One Church, above, beneath, Though now
divided by the stream, The narrow stream of death. One army of
the living God, To his command we bow; Part of the host have
crossed the flood, And part are crossing now..."

SHAKE the COUNTRY FOR TEN MILES

George Fox shares in his journals the desire of God to raise those
up in the true spirit of the Church: “The Lord had said unto me that
if but one man or woman were raised by His power to stand and
live in the same Spirit that the prophets and apostles were in who
gave forth the Scriptures, that man or woman should shake all the
country in their profession for ten miles round. For people had the
Scripture, but were not in the same Light, power, and Spirit which
those were in who gave forth the Scripture; so they neither knew
God, Christ, nor the Scriptures aright; nor had they unity one with
another, being out of the power and Spirit of God. Therefore we
warned all, wherever we met them, of the day of the Lord that was
coming upon them.” And this is our great need is for those of that
type of apostolic spirit of the true triumphant church on earth. God
is building and raising His Church admist the worst of times. When
all hope is lost God is still working out His eternal plans that will
prevail and succeed. Let us not grow weary in well doing for in due
time we will reap a harvest. May we be found “doing” the will of
God and walking in Holiness when our Lord comes back. Christ
tells us to be “zealous therefore and repent” for He is coming
shortly and His reward is in His hand.

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