The Church: Preparing the Way for Christ

The Church: Preparing the Way for Christ

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Matthew 17:9-13

When Jesus said that Elijah “already came” and “is coming” (Matthew 17:11), that was dual fulfillment of prophecy. In the same way that John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus’ first coming (Matthew 17:13; 11:14), the Church exists on earth today to prepare the way for Jesus’ second coming.

The Church’s calling, then, as the “Elijah” of today is:

1. Discerning the True Jesus
There were other religious leaders in Jesus’ time who taught many good things (Acts 5:36-37). So, it was critical that John the Baptist know exactly who was the true Messiah, in order to point the disciples to Him. He received this by personal revelation from God (John 1:29-34). God has placed the Church on earth, likewise, to identify the true Jesus from all the false Christs that exist in the world today (II Corinthians 11:2-4; Matthew 24:4-5,23-26; I John 2:18). One of the primary marks that the true Jesus has been revealed to us is a passion to decrease so that Christ may increase (John 3:27-30).

2. The Ministry of Restoration
God promised that the Church would be involved in reconciling people to God (II Corinthians 5:14-21) and restoring God-ordained relationships (Malachi 4:5).

3. Confronting the Spirit of Babylon
The Church will also call people out of a life of “limping on two divided opinions” (I Kings 18:21), to choosing God over Mammon.

Speaker: Santosh Poonen

\"\"Santosh Poonen is a disciple of Jesus. He and his wife Meghan have six children, and live in Loveland, Colorado, USA. Santosh is the son of Zac and Annie Poonen. He works in the IT industry and is an elder at RLCF.

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