Kingdom (House Church) – The dwelling place of the living God
What is a house? As we all know, a house, in layperson’s terms, is a dwelling place on a piece of land. However, religiously speaking, it is a borrowed vessel where the kingdom within our souls rests. What are we in the first place? What are we made of? Are we a direct creation of God? Are we created or made? What is the difference? A house is not a home when nobody is living there, but when God is with you, it becomes the kingdom (family) entrusted to you to sustain, and it will never be empty.
Our body, the Body of Christ (Christos, Chosen, Anointed), now houses the kingdom within us as preached by the Son Jesus—the kingdom under the watchful eyes of the King of kings, ruled by the chosen ones, entrusted to sustain and not to be shaken. Someone would also say after a long journey, “I am homeward bound, that someone is expecting a home, not a vacant house, to welcome him dearly. A church is not a church in the absence of believers. We are the church; we bring the church to a building to gather and worship God with His saints. Are our bodies the house of a church where people are chosen or declared chosen by God (Body of Christ)?
We call the church, House of God, which is the Body of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). The traditional church has been disrespected by people with self-interest, taking advantage of the poor souls of their hard-earned money, emptying their pocket reserved for their lunch and for their children’s needs in return for the promise of prosperity (tithing). The teaching of tithes is to “give more so you will get more or a hundredfold back,” The tithes collection goes to warehouses for safekeeping and is called the law of the harvest.”
From Tabernacle to the temple to the church, the people called it the house of the living God. In addition, it became expendable because it became a dishonorable place for God to stay. As Paul mentioned in his letter to Timothy, “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also wood and earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor.” (2 Timothy 2:20).
People cannot make the changes, did not even try for some reason, and who made the significant change? If there is no other way, God does it His way. When people stopped attending church, there were fewer collections, some churches went bankrupt, and some closed their doors. This opens up a new way of coming to God-House Church.
Some traditional churches turned out to be a hoarder of Gold. They took advantage, robbing people of their tithes and offering to use the money to build their empires, mansions and acquire planes or jets, which they probably did not need. Furthermore, they also invested in stocks without proper reporting to the members; and fundraising never stops, but Bible studies and Sunday School are almost on pause, if not stop—no accountability for members’ spiritual growth and no accountability to where the collection goes.
The day has come when the true and faithful Christians will be purged from the church’s dishonored body and go to their secret room where God will hear them. God’s love will never change nor cease, and His compassion will never end; he makes us new every morning, and he blesses us every day when we come to Him at bedtime and ask for forgiveness for the sin of the day so when we wake up, the promised blessing will be upon us—his patience and faithfulness is love to the supreme level (agape love). The “house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15), our body, our soul’s borrowed vessels will house the God of all creations where the kingdom is now raised within and upon us and the responsibility and accountability will fall on our shoulder.
Are we going to reclaim and rebuild the lost gold and silver value of the house of the LORD with honor and respect? Will we protect the kingdom entrusted to us to remain the pillar and ground of the truth? The change has been made, and the old ways for the leaders and the rooted members rejected to accept the kingdom, the body of the living God, which is now revealed and begins in the family in unity with the Holy Spirit of God. Transformation may be more challenging for some, but those chosen can easily acknowledge the kingdom.
The value of God’s commandment is made simple by the Lord Jesus. When asked by Scribes, Jesus answered, “Which commandment is the greatest of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The greatest is, ‘Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one: 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind, and with all your strength.’-(Deuteronomy 6:4-5) This is the first commandment. 31 The second is like this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’-(Leviticus 19:18) There is no other commandment greater than these.”
32 The scribe said to him, “Truly, teacher, you have said well that he is one, and there is none other but he, 33 and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from God’s Kingdom.” Love and honor The LORD Almighty is the first part of the ten (10) Commandments of God, and the Second part is about honor and respect for our neighbors. (Family is our closest neighbor, and other souls in this borrowed vessel include those who hate us.) Mark 12:28-34 (World English Bible).
Please Note: Jesus’ message to his disciple. “Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see the things which you see, and didn’t see them, and to hear the things which you hear, and didn’t hear them.” Luke 10:23-24 (WEB). This message pertains to you also. You have seen the truth, read it, and maybe you are confused but joyful; it takes time. God Bless!