FOUNDATIONS

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I Corinthians 3:11“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is    JESUS CHRIST  

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THE BODY OF CHRIST

ADDITIONAL DESIGNATIONS FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST – ESTABLISHED KINGDOM vs. PREMILLENNIALISM – LESSON SEVEN.

Premillennialism Diminishes Christ and His Body – the Church!

One of the logical consequences (intended or not, as some will claim) of premillennialism is that it diminishes the Deity of Jesus. Since the foundation of this doctrine is predicated on the failure of the Lord to set up His kingdom, being thwarted by the Jews, it brings into doubt the Authority of Jesus (“I and MY Father are One” John 10:30).

Consider, when Moses was given the Law, God also through Moses gave a standard by which they could know a false prophet, note:

Deuteronomy 18:20-22But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”

There can be little doubt that the Lord, while on earth, spoke in the name of the Father!

John 12:49-50For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.””

There can also be little doubt that the Lord was the Prophet Moses spoke of prior to the instruction of false prophets; as the Apostles of the Lord named Him as such, note:

Acts 3:20-23and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. 22 For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’” See: Deuteronomy 18:15-19.

Since this is now established as fact, here is where the real danger of this doctrine has its damaging effects to established truth; note the words of the Lord, prior to His death, burial, and resurrection:

Mark 1:14-15Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.””

Mark 9:1And He said to them, Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.””

The danger inherent is that these who teach this doctrine, and even those who unwittingly follow after it, blaspheme the name of the Son of God! They make the words of the Lord presumptuous (Going beyond what is right or proper). They call God a liar!

In addition, if the Lord spoke falsely concerning the events of the kingdom, this would make His death deserved according to the Law of Moses; instead of the innocent to die for the guilty and consequently make much more of God’s word errant (take your scissors to 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; etc…)! In addition, it would make the Apostles and prophets of the New Testament guilty of the same, especially since they recorded the works of the Lord after the fact and did not change these words!


On the road to Emmaus, the Lord would appear to two disciples in His resurrected form, and as they expressed doubt about Him, note His words:

Luke 24:25-26Then He said to them, O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?””

Does this sound like failure??? Note the words of the Lord as he appeared to all His disciples after the resurrection:

Luke 24:44Then He said to them, These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.””

Does this sound like failure??? Or did the Lord state with confidence that everything He said while He was among the disciples would be fulfilled; even the establishment of the kingdom?

The prophet Daniel was privileged to see the ascension of the Lord after His suffering victory from a heavenly view, note:

Daniel 7:13-14 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. 14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.

Now remember that all things which were said about Him in the prophets must be fulfilled! The Apostles of the Lord witnessed His ascension into Heaven (an earthly view as He was caught up in the clouds – Acts 1:9:11). As He fulfilled this prophecy of Daniel, He sent back to them, that witnessed this event, the Spirit of God and they preached Him as the Lord (Ruler) and Christ (Anointed of God) – Acts 2:22-36 (He would raise up the Christ to sit on His throneActs 2:30; just to make sure there are no doubts about it)!!!

We call that fulfillment!

There cannot be exegesis of God’s word, whereby what men teach forces anyone to have to use scissors against the rest of the word, note:

2 Peter 1:19-21And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”


In addition to blasphemy of the name of Jesus the Christ, the doctrine of premillennialism also diminishes the Body of Christ as a substandard substitute for the kingdom, instead of being the kingdom!


The Apostle of Paul would write the letter of Ephesians as a universal template, treaty, or foundation of the importance of the Body of Christ. The template would span time, from the time of its writing to this day as a blueprint of the importance of the Body of Christ, its purpose, work, and value! Paul did not see the Body of Christ, as the Spirit of God revealed through Him the uncovering of mystery (Ephesians 3:4-6), as a secondary plan, but the eternal purpose in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:11).

Note how Paul would describe the Body of Christ (the church, the called out):

Ephesians 1:22-23And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”

Paul saw the Body of Christ as the fullness of God, not the failure of God! How should we see it?

Ephesians 3:10-11to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord

Once again, God’s wisdom and eternal purposes are made known by the Body of Christ (the church), not failure!!!

Ephesians 3:20-21Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

We have to acknowledge, based on this statement of Paul, the universal understanding of the false doctrine of premillennialism relegating the Body of Christ to something inferior to the kingdom, instead of scripturally seeing that they are synonymous; is to state that in fact God cannot do exceedingly or abundantly above all we think!!!

It forces the scissors to come out once again against the universal instruction of the Spirit of God (Romans 14:17 – Paul was out of his mind in describing the nature of the kingdom, if the kingdom did not exist! Galatians 5:19-21 – we might as well continue to live in the works of the flesh being condemned by Paul, if we cannot inherit the kingdom of God! Philippians 3:20-21 – citizenship in heaven? There cannot be citizenship where there is no kingdom! Colossians 1:13 – We cannot be translated into the kingdom along with the Christians of Colossi, if no kingdom exists! 1 Timothy 6:15 – Christ cannot be the “King of kings and Lord of lords”, as Paul instructed Timothy over 2,000 years ago, if no kingdom exists! Hebrews 1:1-3 – I suppose we don’t have to listen to the Son, since He didn’t sit down at the right hand of the Majesty on high! 2 Peter 1:5-11 – Peter was just following cunningly devised fables - 2 Peter 1:16 - when he commanded that we add to our faith in order to enter the everlasting kingdom!.

This is not humorous; you might as well throw your Bibles in the trash and create your own religion based on whatever you want as to follow the madness of premillennialism!

Next: “The Order of the Body of Christ – Lesson One”