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The Role of Government in the Church of God

The Role of Government in the Church of God

We see the role of church government very clearly in the gospels,in the book of Acts, and in the epistles. In the gospels we see Jesus calling apostles and teaching them, sanctifying them, and giving them the word of God to give to the world. Just as the Father’s voice of sanctification was heard over the Son at His baptism proclaiming, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,” so the Spirit of sanctification is upon those Jesus calls and confirms into His spiritual government. Jesus makes this clear in His prayer where He prays for them whom He called out of the world and equipped to carry His truth to the world. Jesus says that He sends them out:
 
John 17:15-19
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.     

True Government

True government is in the sanctification of the Spirit, not in the aspiration of man. The aspiration of man will always separate to seek something for themselves, but the sanctification of the Spirit builds by grace to raise the house of God in the name of Jesus Christ. To build for God in the name of Jesus Christ requires believers to separate themselves from the tradition and philosophy of man, which is Satan's counterfeit. The hour of temptation is upon the church. There is a reason why God calls this test of faith a temptation. Satan has tricked man's senses into believing that what they are embracing is indeed Christ, when it is Antichrist. God is raising a government to again make Jesus Christ central to faith and to call the apostate sons back to Him.

In the book of Acts we observe the apostles taking the role of church leadership and again in the epistles, it is the apostles who lead the church. There are 5 distinct callings and each functions with the measure of grace God gives.

Ephesians 4:11-16
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

The Name of the Lord is a refuge to those of faith as they build the House of God through the voice of His stewardship. For those that believe His servants shall prosper and those that believe the message shall increase in knowledge.

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