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May 6, 2010 / beidson

Cosmic Church: God’s Intergalactic Plan for Local Churches

How far-reaching is the shrill voice of the nice lady in the row behind you on Sunday mornings?  At least to your ears, right.  But that shrill voice is more shrill than you might imagine, at least to demonic hosts in the far corners of creation.  In fact, every voice in your congregation that lifts a song to Christ goes well beyond ceiling tiles and shingles to the ends of the heavens.

Ephesians says that through the church God has made known his manifold wisdom to “the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” (3:10).  Later Paul writes, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (6:12).  You might be Country Bumpkin Church way back in the sticks, but I guarantee you that galactic forces can draw a map to your front door.  As much as it may seem not to be the case, our lives reverberate through the corridors of space.  We have a universal ministry, an intergalactic significance.  We are a cosmic church (thus saith the Lord).

So what does this mean for us?  It means that we cannot forget the greatness of our message, nor the significance of our warfare.  We are revealing the mystery of God in Christ, both to mall employees, neighbors, and classmates and to supernatural beings beyond our eyesight.  In us, God is displaying the glory of his marvelous grace by transforming our stony hearts into bleeding, pulsating, living, breathing muscles, much in the same way he called light out of darkness, and breathed life into Adam’s limp body.

Doctrine drives ethics for this very reason, because we are spectacles, and the world is watching to see if God really does raise the dead.  And he does.  He raised me from the dead, and he will do it again.  Jesus has made my shrill voice like a trumpet, and I like to play it for spectators.

Here is my message: God raises the dead.  God saves.  God judges.  God delivers.  God condemns.  Be reconciled to God through Jesus, or be judged by God through Jesus.  Hear the voice of God’s beloved Son, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  It’s the same message penetrating the darkest pockets of our galaxies, the one I like to sing about on Sunday mornings with the lady behind me.  We know we’re cosmic spectacles, but then again, that’s the whole point.

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