Aren’t all churches post-ascension?
Well, all are historically post-ascension – meaning since Jesus ascended into Heaven, after His death, burial, and glorious resurrection.
Possibly, a more precise question should be: Is Jesus in fact building a Church? And, if so, what does it look like, and how does it function?
Many would argue that of course Jesus is building His Church. After all, hasn’t He being doing just that; beginning with the Early Church, the New Testament Church, through subsequent history, right down to our established denominational and more recent independent churches?
Well, has He indeed? You be the judge of that.
Jesus announced that He would build His Church, and that the gates of hell would not be able to resist it, in response to Peter stating: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!” (See Matthew 16:16-18).
That Jesus is building His Church, we can have no doubt. This brings us to the title of this blog: Imagine the Church Jesus is building.
Other than the fact of the gates of hell not being able to withstand it, what else can you imagine?
Notice Jesus never specified, nor described a building. That alone eliminates much of our current Westernized imagination. So how then, does one imagine a post-ascension church?
We look for and examine post-ascension Biblical descriptions:
- Imagine maturing saints for the work of service, for building up the Body of Christ!
- Imagine us all coming into the unity of Faith – one hope of your calling, one Lord, one Faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, and in all!
- Imagine knowledge of the Son of God (as Peter did)!
- Imagine maturity that resembles the fullness of the stature of Christ!
These are just some of the many post-ascension attributes of the Church Jesus is building; derived from Ephesians chapter 4, verses 4 to 13.
See if you can identify several more, from verses 14-16. Imagine that!