Jesus could have used any word in Matthew 16:18 to define his strategy to advance His Kingdom. He could have said, “I will build my fellowship, my temple, my synagogues,” but shockingly, Jesus chose a secular word to define His divine agency of bringing His Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven, the Ekklesia.
God’s Kingdom Is Governmental
We need to clearly understand that the Kingdom of God is governmental, not religious. When Jesus came to Earth, he brought his government with Him (Matt 4:17). Isaiah prophesied this over 700 years before Christ’s arrival (Isaiah 9:6). God’s government was legally installed through our Lord’s life, death, and resurrection, becoming visible through His followers.
The Passion Translation actually translates Matthew 16:18 correctly when it says:
“I give you the name Peter, a stone. And this truth of who I am will be the bedrock foundation on which I will build my church—my legislative assembly.”
The Ruling Assembly of Heaven
The Ekklesia is the governmental legislative assembly of Heaven on Earth that functions as a praying community of servant-hearted, Spirit-empowered people, legislating from positions as sons and daughters, citizens of Heaven, changing communities, cities and nations for His glory on Earth. The Ekklesia is the local expression of Heaven on Earth. It co-labors with Jesus to engage and transform every realm of society.
When we understand the true function and depth of the Ekklesia, we can see why there is such warfare to silence its significance. The word “Ekklesia” authorizes a company of people to establish, grow and maintain a government in all cities and regions.
This is why Jesus said, “I will build MY Ekklesia…” It’s His! He is the King, and we are commissioned to make the kingdoms of this world look like His. He is empowering His followers to establish His government in every part of culture, like yeast in dough.
Are we building what Jesus is building?
We have to ask ourselves, what are we building and what is Jesus building? Are they the same? We have to slow down for a moment and consider this.
If we fail to gain an Ekklesia revelation, we will just go on building the “church” as it’s been defined and miss the fullness of our calling and our Lord’s assignment to partner with the Holy Spirit in building Christ’s Ekklesia.
Clearly, there are local expressions of the Ekklesia sprinkled all over America. I praise God for this! But, the fact remains, that many of us are running with torn wineskins.
A Brighter Future Ahead!
In spite of all this, God is moving powerfully across the earth! I believe that the growing revelation of the Ekklesia will be the missing DNA that the Lord injects into the “local church,” causing her to truly impact every realm of society. Scripture will be fulfilled, in that, there will be a far greater surge of heaven coming to earth until Jesus is truly the desire of the nations.
Friends, there is something greater on the horizon, the Ekklesia is rising. This will be the topic of the next post in the series. Be encouraged, and stay tuned.