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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

The Lord's Church Is Spiritual

By Louis Rushmore

Jesus Christ did not come to establish an earthly or material kingdom; "Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence" (John 18:36). If Christís kingdom were earthly, Pilate could not have declared: ". . . I find in him no fault at all" (John 18:38); had Jesus begun an earthly kingdom on the inside of the Roman Empire, Jesus would have been guilty of political rebellion. Earlier in his ministry Jesus refused plans to make him an earthly king; "When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone" (John 6:15). It is impossible for Jesus to be an earthly king over a physical kingdom on earth. Zechariah 6:13 reads: ". . . shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne . . ." This Old Testament prophecy states that Christ is to be a king and a priest at the same time on his throne.

But, the Hebrews writer plainly teaches that Jesus cannot be a priest on earth; therefore, Jesus cannot be a king on earth either. "For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood" (Hebrews 7:14). "Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens . . . For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law" (Hebrews 8:1, 4).

From these references we learn: (1) Jesus is a priest AND king NOW -- IN HEAVEN, (2) Jesus never was a priest and a king on earth, and (3) Jesus never can be a priest and king on earth. Hence, souls who wait for the return of the Lord to establish a physical, earthly kingdom are misguided; the closest to the earth Scripture ever places the Lord in the future is in the air and the clouds when he returns to collect his saints and judge the world (Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17: Revelation 1:7).

It should be obvious, then, that Jesus is both king of the kingdom and head of the church now. This is true because the "church" and the "kingdom" are references to the same divine organization. Jesus used these words interchangeably (Matthew 16:18-19) and so did the apostles (1 Corinthians 1:2; Colossians 1:13; Revelation 1:9). Dear reader, is Jesus the king of your life? Are you in our Lordís spiritual kingdom ó the church? Would you like to know more about the one, true church of the Bible?


H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email: had@worldnet.att.net
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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