The Responsibility of His Remnant Church
In these last days, the Body of Jesus Christ is tasked with certain responsibilities. Within the New Testament Scriptures I find at least six areas of responsibility for which, as His Remnant Church, we are accountable to our Lord and Savior.
Following the leading of His Holy Spirit, His Remnant Church yet has a responsibility not only to fulfill the great commission and the great commandment, but to act as defenders of the faith and watchmen on the wall. His Remnant Church is called to a deeper intimacy with Christ, to hunger after God’s Word and to reveal His Prophetic teaching. His Remnant Church will understand the sufficiency of Christ, the interdependency of believers, and the need to stand fast as family to protect the Body. His Remnant Church will be a persecuted church, but enduring persecution we will understand the joy of being found worthy to suffer for the cause of Christ.
In these last days His Remnant Church, in subjection to the Word of God, will grow in the power of the Holy Spirit so as to be salt and light until that day when our Savior is told by His Father to step out on the clouds of glory and call us to himself. His Remnant Church will follow that lonely narrow way holding fast to the faith in which we have been called, seeking only to glorify God and fulfill his purpose.
In our teaching today we will begin an examination of the responsibilities of His Remnant Church.
The first responsibility of His Remnant Church, is its calling to understand Worship, and to Worship God in spirit and in truth.
In John 4:23&24, Jesus, speaking to the woman at the well, says that an hour is coming and in fact has come when worship must take place in spirit and in truth. He is saying that worship does not take place in a physical building or geographic location, but in the hearts of the redeemed. That means that true worship doesn’t occur in church meetings. Instead, it is a continual act of the believer throughout life.
True Worship means that we are constantly aware of Christ in our lives, and are in a state of constant thankfulness in all that He has done and is doing for us. He loves us, paid our sin debt, is our hope, calls us to service, sustains us, teaches us, protects us, provides for us, has made us members of His body, and will one day return for us to give us an eternal home with Him in the presence of our Heavenly Father. This is True Worship, to have these things continually at the forefront of our minds, the point should be clear, True Worship touches everything in our lives. This is the worship God desires from us. In these last days those who are worshiping God in this way will see miraculous things happen as God works through them because of their obedience in a continual state of worship.
The second responsibility of His Remnant Church is to study and discern the word of God.
In 2 Timothy 2:15 the Apostle Paul encourages Timothy, and by extension all believers, to study (KJV) the Word of God. We are to study, not just for study’s sake, but so that we may be approved of God, and are able to “rightly divide” (understand and explain) the Word of Truth. This means we must study with a discerning spirit, asking the Holy Spirit of Christ to reveal the mind of Christ to us through the written Word of God. Jesus promised us that the Holy Spirit would reveal prophecy in the Word to us in John 16:12-14 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.”
The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 2:9-16 that through the work of the Holy Spirit we will be able to understand the deep things of God as the Spirit reveals them to us. “But as it is written: ‘EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NOR HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. ‘WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD THAT HE MAY INSTRUCT HIM?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”
In this passage we also are told that the “natural” man (which is the unregenerate man who has not established a personal relationship to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior) will not be able to understand Gods Word. We see this clearly today in the modern or mainstream churches that have turned away from Prophetic Scripture. Because they are led by those who have no real relationship with Christ, they just do not have the capacity to understand God’s Prophetic Word. In fact, Paul says it is foolishness to them.
Looking back to 2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” We will not be ashamed, having the ability and capacity to understand the revealed Word of God, because of our relationship with the risen Christ and His Holy Spirit. The Spirit of truth is the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ who is opening the eyes of prophetic understanding in these last days.
This is the call to His Remnant Church, to rightly divide the word of truth, and to “speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine.” Titus 2:1.
In our next post (unless we are raptured) we will continue looking at the responsibilities of His Remnant Church. Until then, keep your eyes upon the eastern skies because; Jesus is Coming Soon!