x530.....Christians: On Full--or empty
In the Bible, the "assembling of yourselves together"--was NOT Sunday--once a week--every week "church". This is law--this is man's rule in the church. This idea comes to us from the Roman empire church--and was a reinforced by 1,000 years of the dark ages--and is still the continuing concept and definition of what "church" is.
In the Bible, when they assembled--they were meeting together to worship and purposely be filled with the Holy Spirit. They were empowering their ministries.
The assembling was like pentecost--the upper room--they met together for days--until all were filled completely. But then it played out into ministry. It played out into operating as often as possible--some of them were meeting together nearly every minute of every day--(once again--there was no law or rule that "all must attend" on a specific "sabbath day") They realized that where 2 or 3 were gathered, Christ would operate--if the presence of God was with them--then Christs' full ministry was present (see Luke 4:18).
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because
he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to
heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering
of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
(Luke 4:18, KJV).
They had seen Jesus operate--healing--bringing deliverance--preaching the Gospel--feeding the poor--and releasing apostles (to "set at liberty"). They did exactly what Jesus did--they allowed the Spirit empowerment to enact their anointing (their ministry)--which lead them to operate Jesus' 5-folds purposes--the Gospel--healing --deliverance--feeding the poor--and free release to ministry.
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations:
and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his
sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25)
One of the judgments He will do will be about ministry. It will be whether or not we operated in His way--whether or not we did His ministry--more specifically whether or not we did His ministry toward the right people. (the poor--broken-hearted--captives--blind and bruised).
But we have strong tradition which says that we only meet on Sundays--and we all must meet on this day. This easily leads most of us to feel alone the rest of the week--and certainly to not operate in ministry--certainly not to allow our Spirit-empowered ministry (anointing) to play out into feeding the poor--and getting people saved--healed --delivered --and released.
(Just to think: wouldn't it be great if we did this? how many more poor world be fed--how many more sick would be healed--how many more people would get saved?)
The Bible system of Spirit lead meeting--that is to say that the church operated daily--but only those who were lead. That is to say that the ministries of all the people were totally encouraged and were totally in operation all the time.
Think about it:--if you had a need--any time--you could find some group praying--operating in God--and get help. On the other hand--whenever you had the need to minister--whenever you had the need to serve God--whenever you felt the Spirit rise up in you to go and witness the Gospel--or feed the poor--or pray with others--you could get together and operate with your brothers and sisters in Christ (on a common level--NOT under anyone's authority but Christ--the Head of the church!).
Rather, we operate in a repeated assembly--by law--and a format which limit most from participating even in this assembly.
We sit under the "clergy"--the concept of which comes from the dark ages--when only the priest of the local parish could read (the word clergy means someone who can read!)--and the rest of us were illiterate villagers--listening to the word of God in Latin--a language we did not understand! So even in our "Spirit filled" assemblies--we are disobeying the rules set forth in 1corinthians 14--
26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of
you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation,
hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
(1 Corinthians 14:26, KJV).
The Bible tells us that "every one of you" has the right to sing--prophecy--speak God's revelation--and teach doctrine--any time we get together. The concept is that the Spirit of God is the one who will speak--and He might speak through anyone. There is no Biblical doctrine which says that only one person has the right to teach doctrine in the church. these things restrict God--and make us disobedient to His way of operating. Unfortunately we follow rules which were originated and enforced for over 1700 years--rules made up by Roman emperors--dark ages popes--and protestant kings--all who claimed to be the "head of the church". We can sit in our churches on sunday, and hear it preached from a pulpit that "Christ is the head of the church"--yet we still operate the church by the Sunday sabbath, pastoral authority and enforce it from the pulpit--all rules made by Roman emperors!
So we are filled by the Spirit--but not obedient to operate the ministry in the way the Christ did--and the way the church in the Bible did. Instead we waste the Spirit--ignore the ministry in all of us--ignore the ministry of Jesus--ignore the poor--the sick--and the unsaved--in order to have our familiar, traditional and yes, disobedient--"clubhouse".
Church tradition falls far short of the high calling of God.