The New Testament Church 0006 - Lesson 5

Its Future (Continued)

    1. Its Presentation
      1. The church will be presented to Christ (2 Corinthians 4:14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:27; Colossians 1:22, 28; Jude 1:24).
      2. The apostle Paul is somehow involved in this presentation (2 Corinthians 11:2; Colossians 1:28). Note: Colossians 1:28 seems to indicate that believers other than Paul are involved in this presentation. Could it be that you physically get to present believers to Christ that you led to Him while on this earth?
      3. The Trinity appears to be involved in the presentation.
        1. God the Father and God the Spirit are involved (2 Corinthians 4:14).
        2. The Lord Jesus Christ presents the church to Himself (Ephesians 5:27; Colossians 1:22; Jude 1:24).
      4. The condition of the church at its presentation
        1. It will be presented as a chaste virgin (2 Corinthians 11:2). Note: A virgin is a woman that has never known a man in an intimate way. The fact that we will be presented as a chaste virgin signifies that we have never known any other god.
        2. It will be presented a glorious church (Ephesians 5:27).
          1. Without spot
          2. Without wrinkle
          3. Holy (Colossians 1:22)
          4. Without blemish
        3. It will be presented holy, unblameable, and unreprovable (Colossians 1:22).
        4. It will be presented perfect in Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:28).
        5. It will be presented faultless (Jude 1:24).
    2. Its Position
      1. A joint-heir (Romans 8:17)
        1. An heir of God
        2. A joint-heir with Christ
      2. Glory
        1. Glory will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).
        2. We will be partakers of the glory that will be revealed (1 Peter 5:1).
        3. We will have an exceeding and eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:17).
      3. Glorified bodies
        1. We will be like Christ (1 John 3:1-2; Psalm 17:15; Philippians 3:21).
        2. We will bear the image of the heavenly (1 Corinthians 15:45-55).
        3. We will put off our tabernacle (2 Peter 1:13-15). Note: A tabernacle is a temporary dwelling place. The fact that Peter called his body a tabernacle suggested that it was a temporary dwelling place for him. Consider this when looking at the fact that we are the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:16).
        4. We will be clothed upon (2 Corinthians 5:1-4).
Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 9:2

She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.