Romans 1:1-5- Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, CONCERNING HIS SON JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,…
Acts 28:30,31- Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things CONCERNING THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WITH ALL CONFIDENCE, NO ONE FORBIDDING HIM.
Acts 19:8-10- And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading CONCERNING THE THINGS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
Acts 8:5,12- Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them…But when they believed Philip as he preached the things CONCERNING THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, both men and women were baptized.
Acts 1:3- …to whom He (Jesus) also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and SPEAKING OF THE THINGS PERTAINING TO AND CONCERNING THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
Acts 2:42- AND THEY CONTINUED STEADFASTLY IN THE APOSTLE’S DOCTRINE AND FELLOWSHIP, IN THE BREAKING OF BREAD, AND IN PRAYERS.
I. Co. 1:4-9- I thank my God always CONCERNING YOU FOR THE GRACE OF GOD WHICH WAS GIVEN TO YOU BY CHRIST JESUS, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. GOD IS FAITHFUL, BY WHOM YOU WERE CALLED INTO THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.
Heb. 3;1,2- Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, CONSIDER THE APOSTLE AND HIGH PRIEST OF OUR CONFESSION, CHRIST JESUS, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all his house.
PSALMS 87:1-3- HIS FOUNDATION IS IN THE HOLY MOUNTAINS. THE LORD LOVES THE GATES OF ZION MORE THAN ALL THE DWELLINGS OF JACOB. GLORIOUS THINGS ARE SPOKEN OF YOU, O CITY OF GOD! SELAH.
Beth-el does not only mean “house of God” but the “Gate of heaven!” When Jacob had his dream of a ladder set up on earth that reached to heaven and there angels were ascending and descending on it. Gen. 28:16-18 says, Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it!” And He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the GATE OF HEAVEN!”
To me, the spiritual significance of Jacob’s dream and ladder, is that many are ‘waking up’ from a dream of going to bed searching for God and their place, to an awareness that the Father is there, right in the midst of them! You may be waking up outside of the camp, so to speak, in a new situation that you are afraid! But you can find the house of God, not church as we have known it, but the place where the oil is flowing and covenant is established in the Father’s House!
The stone that he laid his head on became a ‘pillar’ where he poured the oil and where he made a vow to the LORD that brought the provision of the Lord to him! Gen. 28:21-22- “so that I come back to my Father’s house in peace, then the LORD will be my God. “And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will surely give a tenth to you.”
This is the present truth that church is moving from a feminine, passive gender where there is only comfort and solace and hope, but a place of the Father’s kingdom where the ecclesia becomes the “embassy” of the kingdom as the “Gate of heaven” on earth!
I. Tim. 3:15,16- but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how to conduct yourself in the house (hold) of God, which is the church of the living God, THE PILLAR AND GROUND OF THE TRUTH.
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.