February 23, 2020: If Two or Three Gather in My Name...
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. "Matthew 18:19-20 (NIV)
The Church was purposed in the mind of God the Father in eternity past (Eph. 1:22, 23; 3:9).It was promised by God the Son during His earthly ministry – “I will build My Church” (Mt. 16:18).It was purchased by His shed blood at Calvary(Acts 20:28).It began with the descent of God the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-47; 1 Cor. 12:13).It will one day be presented by Christ to Himself as a “glorious Church” when He gathers His people to Himself (1 Th. 4:16-17; Eph. 5:27).Ideally, every local church should be a visible representation of the universal Church,which is the Body of Christ.