The Body of Christ recently celebrated a most unusual Resurrection Sunday. We were reminded that the commission our Lord gave us was not to go to church but to be the Church. We realized that no matter where we are, God’s Spirit is with us. Jesus has not forsaken us, even as we see the kairos signs intensifying as prophesied.
We rest assured because the Spirit has sealed us as His Body. He is our guarantee that the appointed time of our Lord’s return is a sure thing.
Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 2 Corinthians 5:4-5
We know that when He comes as the Day of the Lord dawns, we shall be raptured. Do you know the reason for the rapture?
The early Church knew it. They called it the gathering. Jesus returns to gather us to Him—the Head and the Body together as One New Man. It is when we finally experience being fully complete in Him—spirit, soul, and body (Colossians 2:10).
Do you know the purpose of the rapture? We are gathered to reign with Him as joint-heirs. That’s why we are currently experiencing our boot-camp training, learning how to walk in His authority in the midst of our enemy. Paul put it this way:
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a Day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead. Acts 17:30-31
The proof of Christ’s ordination was His resurrection that we just celebrated. The proof that we shall rule and judge with Him will be our resurrection when we are gathered to Him. For we shall be completed conformed to His image (Romans 8:29).