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Biblical Restoration (16 of 16)
Today May 23, 2010 is a very special day. This is Pentecost Sunday. Pente meaning 50th, refers to the seventh week after Easter. Pentecost falls on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday.
The Lord told the disciples to tarry in Jerusalem till they be endowed with power from on high. It was when the day of Pentecost had fully come that God sent the person of the Holy Spirit and began an idea that was conceived in the heart of Jesus Christ Himself.
The Spirit of God gave birth to the Master plan of world evangelization, the carrier of hope for the nations, the visible expression of the body and bride of Jesus Christ, the pillar and foundation of the truth -. The Church.
The Church - The Ecclesia - The Called out ones
The term is first used in scripture by Jesus in Matthew 16:18 The Lord asked the Disciples, "Who do men say that I am?" They answered with a variety of answers… then Jesus asked, "Who do you say that I am - Peter answered you are the Christ the Son of the Living God" Friend, I can see the light in the eyes of Jesus at that point as he comes out of his seat and says, 18 "I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My -Christian Man? NO! - church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
Paul, writing to Timothy, says this: "Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth" (1 Tim. 3:14-15).
CONTEXT: Nobody understood this more than James. He is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Jerusalem, the Mother Church, the Church from which every other Church would spring. He had a tremendous weight of responsibility as he writes this first letter included in the N.T.
Pastor James recognizes that the Christian life will not work the way it i ...
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