041515 – Where Are You?

Blow the horn in Zion; sound the alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the residents of the land tremble, for the Day of the LORD is coming; in fact, it is near– (Joel 2:1)

Feast of the Trumpets 2012: Blow The Trumpet In Zion

Genesis 18:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “There, in the tent.”

The question that was made to Abraham by God may have escaped the minds of many people who have read this passage. It is without question that God knows “all,” especially the exact location of Sarah. In verses 2 and 3 of this chapter, the pre-existent Christ (a Christophany) and two angels “just showed up” at the tent of Abraham. The question to Abraham related to more than “which physical room in the tent,” was Sarah. The question more correctly understood is, “where is Sarah your wife, spiritually.”

The question, which dealt with the bride of Abraham, can also be asked about the Church, which is the bride of Christ. It can be asked of us, “where are we spiritually?” Are we going to take up the spiritual banner of Jesus and take it elsewhere, where the love of Christ, and the message of salvation needs to be heralded. Consider the three following passages of scripture that tell of our Lord’s Great Commission that was assigned to us, “the bride of Christ.”

Matthew 28:16-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

In this passage, the disciples are given the great commission on a mountain in Galilee.

Acts 1:4-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

4 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

In this passage, the disciples are given the great commission in Jerusalem

Acts 26:15-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

15 And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16 But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you;17 rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’

In this passage, the Apostle Paul is given the great commission while he was on the Damascus Road, where he was headed to persecute Christians (Acts 9:1-5). Consider the last four words of Acts 26:17, and the full verse of verse 18.

“17 … I am sending you, 18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”

Consider the words that are being spoken to us, the bride of Christ, “I am sending you.” If we are being sent to “open their eyes,” (unbelievers), have we been equipped to take on such a ministry of evangelism? May I ask a simple question? Are we serious about fulfilling the Lord’s Great Commission? Let’s consider the following passage.

Ephesians 4:11-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

In Ephesians 4:11, we read that The Holy Spirit has provided special spiritual gifting to certain individuals to lead “the bride of Christ” to be equipped to perform works of service to build up the body of Christ., as is seen in 4:12. Notice that the key point of leadership within any congregation is its pastors. Let us pray for pastors to be bold in their preaching of God’s Holy Word. Let us pray also for the bride of Christ to submit itself to the authority of pastors so that the equipping work will be quick, continuing and effective. May deacons understand their roles as servants within their congregations, and that they will work in support of their pastors to achieve this task of equipping the people who chose them for such a ministry (Acts 6:3).

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