Matthew 16:13-19; Ephesians 1:21-23; I Timothy 3:15
What was Jesus’ idea of a functioning church? The Ekklesia is a Greek word with the historical meaning of a gathering of mature or experienced people who have governing authority. It’s not about rebelling against established governments. It’s about ruling first in the spiritual realm because we are fighting against a fallen human element and against
demonic ideology. Then we share the gospel and kingdom culture, influence people, serve alongside, and eventually establish God’s government to rule the earth. This will all come to a climax with a great battle between Satan and Jesus. It grows, continues, and culminates when Jesus returns in total victory to set up His millennial kingdom. What we do know will transfer into the coming kingdom then.