In the last part of these series about the Governing Congregation, the Ecclesia, we are going to talk about democracy in the congregation. Like many of my readers, I grew up with this system. Not only in the congregation but also in my nation. This study is not written against the governments of our nations. The systems they use for politics are none of my concern. We are purely talking about the Ecclesia.
While the Word of God describes an incredible and powerful Governing Congregation, what the Bible calls the Ecclesia, the image that rises is far from what we see in the world today. It is far from what we see in The Netherlands these days. In these days there are barely congregations that are functioning as the Ecclesia. The main reasons for that are a lack of knowledge and a lack of testing everything.
As you have read in the previous parts, we are called, chosen, elected, to reign. If you haven’t read the previous parts yet, I want to encourage you to do so, to get a clear understanding why we are called to reign and to understand this study better as well. For those who did read the previous parts, let’s start with a reminder of what Jesus said regarding our authority.
When it regards persons, whether talking about God, humans, angels, fallen angels or demons, the Bible always presents us an identity, a name. The greatest and most powerful example is, of course, the way God made Himself known to us. There is no way to avoid that in the Scriptures. It’s everywhere. God wants to make Himself known to us. God wants us to know Him for Who He is, not for what He does. Yet those two things are connected, for Who He is determines what He does. When He presents Himself in the Bible and when He wants to deal with a situation, He always gives us one of His names, a name that involves the solution for the problem.
By the time that Jesus was born on this earth, the disastrous consequences of sin were painfully visible in the world. The decay had set in everywhere and nothing was in the state that God meant it to be anymore. While reading the Bible, we can read this page after page. The difference between the world that was just created and the world where Jesus was born in was huge. But when you are born into a generation that knows no other world then the one you were born in, you don’t know any better. However, Jesus was not just a man, born into His generation.