Get Right Church, and Let's Go Home !!

Christ's Love For The Church

Ephesians 5: 25-27,

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 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.

Colossians 1: 18,

And He [Christ] is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have preeminence.

As I reflect on the Love of God for all mankind, I am brought into remembrance of the great love that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ has for the church. We are told that Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it. That through Him, the church would be sanctified and cleansed, with the washing of water by the word. We are reminded that Christ is the head of the body, the church, which he will present to himself, having neither spot, nor wrinkle, nor blemish.

This hub could easily be consumed with the many other scriptures supporting and showing forth the love of Christ for His bride, the church. But allow me to move on to further seriousness concerning this matter.



We've Been Warned

Jesus Is Coming Again.

It is no surprise to the Body of Christ to hear that Jesus is coming again, we've heard it all before. But as I stated earlier, he is coming to receive unto himself a bride [church] without spot, wrinkle, or blemish. Many within the Body of Christ eagerly await His coming, to be relieved from this present world of sin and wickedness, and to live in our prepared homes on high.

Jesus said in John, chapter 14, verses 2&3, " In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

The thing that alarms me is that we hear the warnings of Christ to be Sanctified and Holy at His coming, we hear the warnings to adorn ourselves as His bride, yet we cast our condemning and judgmental eyes on those outside of the walls of the church, and stand in our self-righteousness as though it's not us that the word is spoken, and as though we've got it all together. After all, we have learned scripture and gained limitless understanding in our Theological and Seminary settings from some of the brightest minds in the Christian community at large. We have degrees hanging on our walls, we have lofty titles proceeding our names, and many of the letters of the alphabet preceding. I speak not to offend the head, but rather to stir the heart.

Now, when I say that we've been warned, I didn't expect anyone to grasp the seriousness of that warning in the aforementioned scriptures. The warnings I allude to that must be heeded are things Jesus did, to add depth to, and solidify what He said.

Here's what I mean:

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, during what the bible calls " The Triumphal Entry," the people lined the streets in a parade style, shouting praises and glorifying Him, and throwing their coats, cloaks, and palm branches along the way, yet, the first thing Jesus did when He dismounted from His beast was to go to the church.

1st Warning..... Jesus went into the church and threw out the money-changers, overturned tables, and cast out those who had used the temple of God in vain, and for their own betterment and gain. Jesus knew even on that day, that He was headed to Calvary's Cross to die for the sins of the world, and yet, before he submitted himself to the mean Roman soldiers to be beaten, and before the crown of thorns was forced down upon his head, and before the spikes were driven into his hands and feet, Jesus went to set the church in order. Before he would submit himself to die, and ascend to his rightful place in glory, Jesus set the church in order. " My house is a house of Prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves."

2nd Warning......On the appointed day after His death, burial, and resurrection Jesus ascended into the heavens, and sat at the right hand of the Father in glory. But before Jesus relaxed Himself, and before Jesus called for His slippers and robe, Jesus called for an old Apostle exiled on Mt. Patmos. Jesus called for John, the Revelator. Jesus told John to come on up, and bring a pad and pen, because he needed to write letters to the Seven Churches. Imagine if you will, Jesus couldn't even rest in His finished work, because He was so concerned with the churches being ready and in order on that day when He would come again.

" I was in the spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea."

Final Warning.......1st Peter 4: 17-18,

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?


The Hour Is At Hand

How many of us have given careful thought to the greater parts of the New Testament being written to teach Christians how to hold on to what we have received? Written to admonish us on living Holy and Sanctified lives with scriptures like, You are in the world, but not of the world.

Yet, we take our salvation lightly, and use the grace of God in vain.

How soon it was after being forgiven, that we allowed the reminder saying, " He who endures to the end, will be saved " to escape our remembrance.

Jesus said, " Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied [preached] in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: Depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

Judgment will begin in the house of God. Every Saint of God will have to appear before the judgment seat of God, and give an account of himself. And on that day, how many will be able to say that, " The life I've lived, will speak for me?"

None but the righteous shall see God !! Get right church, and let's go home !!

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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

godpreacher, love it perhaps you should title the last part of your hub, "Let's Make Sure We Get Home?"

Remember the ten virgins?

Remember Jesus said, "count the cost..."

Presumption is a powerful tool in the hands of the enemy. You want fire insurance or relationship?

Keep on my friend! L.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

When I first saw the title of your hub godpreacher, the choir starting singing in my soul the great spiritual "Get right church, and let's go home."

This is heaven's continual plea and the church must respond if it intends to see its groom. We as the body of Christ must understand under no uncertain terms, "Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied [preached] in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: Depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

Fascinating and truthful hub. I enjoyed reading it. Blessings!

Forever His,


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Amen. Preach it, brother.

This passage is powerful: "The thing that alarms me is that we hear the warnings of Christ to be Sanctified and Holy at His coming, we hear the warnings to adorn ourselves as His bride, yet we cast our condemning and judgmental eyes on those outside of the walls of the church, and stand in our self-righteousness as though it's not us that the word is spoken, and as though we've got it all together."

Those verses from I Peter ought to keep us honest & help us get right, but we are a stiff-necked stubborn sort.

Blessings & encouragement to you.


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

I almost jumped out of my seat godpreacher. You really hit it when you said, "I speak not to offend the head, but rather to stir the heart." Too many Christians are still thinking with their heads. Humility comes from the heart, pride from the head. As long as we keep warning, the blood is not on our hands, the fate of those who will not heed and repent cannot be accounted too us. Don't stop telling it like it is. Peace.


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

Bro. Saint,

Thanks for coming by.

I think you are right about naming the last part. We will sub-title it," Let's Make Sure We Get Home." And you are also right in saying we must count the cost, how well do I remember the ten virgins.


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

RevLady,

It is always a joy to have you stop by and bless me with an encouraging word. That song which stirs our spirits is where the title came from. We sing it in our church as well, but we must take heed to the message.

God Bless


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

Bro. Ken,

I can't tell you how many times I've preached a word from God and have people respond as though the message was for everyone else. As though we are o'kay, and the rest of the world is in sin, and about to go to hell. You said it well, we are a stiff-necked stubborn sort.

God Bless


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

AM,

Please don't be angry with me, I am going to use your line in an up-coming hub, " Humility comes from the heart, pride comes from the head." AM, I refuse to stand before God, and have to tell Him I neglected to warn His people, and be held accountable for their sin. Pray for me, as I pray for you. This is a serious mission.

God Bless


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TimeHealsAll 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Preach it brother!!! If ever there was a sermon this is it! Listen up! We need to be right with God and ready. He is coming! We must not lose faith! Stay in the Spirit. Do not condeme one another but love one another! Great sermon godpreacher and many blessing on your mission!!!


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Godpreacher, you always cut past the fluff and get right to it. It is one of the many reasons I continually read your Hubs. Always. Our Bishop and Pastor Ross are like that. Like you, they will not be held accountable for neglect in saying what needs to be said and if the stiffnecked crowd wants to sit there and figure it's not for them?

You done your job and spread the gospel in a true and correct manner. If they wanna duck and dodge, it's on them.

The illusion of grandeur won't cut it in the end.


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

Great preaching. I hope many will come to Christ before he returns. Thank you for an inspiring post.


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

Timehealsall,

Thank you for an inspiring and encouraging comment. For like you said, we need to be right and ready, for He is coming again.

God Bless


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

UG,

Isn't it the fluff that has the body of Christ in trouble now? Why are we still putting band-aids on bullet wounds?

Thanks for your comments, I always look forward to hearing from you. Your words mean so much to me.

God Bless


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

lovelypaper,

Thanks for coming by, and thanks for your heartfelt concern for the body of Christ. Like you, I hope that many will come to Christ before it is eternally too late.

Come by often

God Bless


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Heavensgates 6 years ago

Yes, he is coming back, and I can't wait! What a great reminder of what our hope is in Christ. Thank you, excellent hub sir.


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

Heavensgate,

Many are groaning with expectancy, because we have walked right before him, while others must heed the warning, to stop playing church, and get right with God.

Thanks for coming by

God Bless


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JetterV7 6 years ago from Angola, IN

Very well done and to the point godpreacher. It reminds me of years ago seeing a sign on the freeway that said,"Jesus is coming! Are you ready?" I used to see that sign and ask myself if I really was. Since then I've grown in Christ and now I am sure that I'm ready. Your hub makes me wonder how many drive by that sign and aren't sure themselves or are hipocritical and just don't get it.

God Bless


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Get Right Church, and Let's Go Home !! This title caught my eyes and HEART!!! WOW!!! How true this is! GREAT HUB!!! I LOVE THIS HUB!!! Thank you!!! BLESSINGS!


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

Thanks for coming by JetterV7,

Do you believe it's fair to say that the vast majority of us see some kind of signs all around us, and still neglect to get our hearts right with God? Or as you say, they are just hypocritical and just don't get it.


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FattyG 6 years ago

Awesome hub and I couldnt agree more.

One thing Jesus told us to do is watch for the signs of his second coming so that we are ready when he comes for his church. Its almost like he gives us MORE than a fair chance to prepare.

In my own personal opinion, the signs are everywhere. I think there wont be much more of a delay, and I think we, AND the church, are in a point in history where we REALLY need to get ourselves together. Most people as well as the church seem to be sleeping, and its worrying.

I feel there is a great deception thats headed our way, something that Gods people have never seen before. Something so great that even his own people will be deceived. And thats why I think the time as come for all of us to pull ourselves as close to God as we can because we are in for something big.

Bless you all!


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

Dr.pastorcarlotta,

Thanks for such a warm and heartfelt comment.

I am encouraged by your words.

God Bless


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

FattyG,

You hit the nail on the head.

The bible says that in the last days, even the very elect of God will be deceived, and that is what's happening now. One of the reasons I think, is that we have been reduced to a church mentality, when God is trying to get us into the kingdom.

Thanks for coming by.

God Bless


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christinecook 6 years ago

Get Right Church and lets go Home...Amen..this ought to be a song ! Great Hub


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

Christinecook,

I truly thank you for coming by, and reading my hubs. The title is taken from a song that we sometimes sing in our church, but no one really gets the importance of the message, so I thought I would write about it.

God Bless


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JetterV7 6 years ago from Angola, IN

I do believe that the signs are everywhere but I don't think that people take them seriously enough or "Walk the Talk" so to speak. I can say though, fortunately, most of the people in our church do get involved with activities other than just Sunday. We have a very active church and congregation.

God Bless.


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

JetterV7,

Thank God for a church that willing to do the will of God in the earth. You are right in saying that many people see the signs, yet fail to take them seriously, preferring to talk the talk, rather than walk the talk.

Thanks for coming by.

God Bless


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jimcain207 6 years ago from HUMPHREY, ARKANSAS

I appreciate a man of God that will stand flatfooted and preach it the way it is. Some people get offended by the truth and get mad. I feel that if I never felt challenged or cut up and scraped up one side and down the other, it is time to take serious inventory. The old seasoned preacher I came up under always said," Get right or get left"!! Many thanks godpreacher. You are a inspiration to me.


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

Jim,

God told the Prophet Isaiah to cry loud and spare not, and show His people their transgressions, and that's what I strive to do. I appreciate you coming by and leaving such and encouraging comment.

God Bless


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