Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Hour Has Come!

What is this trumpet sound I hear?
Is the Son of God drawing near?

Could it be the hour man have spoken?
Oh Jesus! We’re not ready - the church is broken.

In ruins we lie!
We refused “the flesh” to die!

Therefore our garments are stained
Do we have time to iron the wrinkles and blemishes that remains?

The hour has come!
The Coming of Jesus Christ, His Son!

Riding on His white horse with glory & power
This day no one knew, nor the hour.

Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! They cry and shout…
“I do not know thee, now depart!”

But Lord, I have preached your word,
Have you not heard?
Sunday after Sunday
Your people I served!

“These people you have scattered in deceit.
Who along with you, remains asleep!
Instead I’ve come to gather MY sheep!

The hour has come for the righteous.
Have YOU not heard?
The Groom comes for the Bride who’s washed and spotless!” ~ Maggie Rodriguez

Keeping our garments clean is an individual responsibility as well as collectively as the "church". As we are all members, each of us has a function and responsibility in the "Body."

It is written: "Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. ~ Romans 12:4-5 (emphasis added)

"..But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. ~ 1Cor.12: 24-26 (emphasis added)

Those in spiritual leadership positions are particularly called to a higher standard of accountability and judgment according to James 3:1. For to whom much is given, much is required (Lk. 12:48)

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” ~ Ephesians 4:11-12 (emphasis added)

In Jeremiah 23, Ezekiel 34 and Matthew 23-24 you find countless warnings of those who lead in deception or hypocrisy. “For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness" (Jer. 23: 9-11).

Just the same, the believers (laymen) have a responsibility to pray for their leaders as commanded in 1 Tim. 2:1-2 and not excuse their immoral behavior, false doctrines, and watered-down messages. Warn them as a brother/sister (2 Thess. 3:15), show them their fault (Matt. 18:15) and restore him gently (Gal. 6:1) Its not to say that leaders cannot or will not fall, but if they do wander from the truth it is the responsibility of the “church” to bring his brother/sister back (James 5:19). For they too are subject to weakness (Heb. 5:2)

There should be an equal concern for one another’s spiritual condition. For as if one member of the church suffers because of un-confessed sins, the body suffers as a whole. But when they confess to one another and pray (upholding one another) there is healing and restoration within the Body. (James 5:16)

Let us take heed that the Lord is coming for A Bride whose garment is without wrinkles or blemishes. Let us present ourselves as such (Eph. 5:27).

“And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” ~ Romans 13:11-12