Posted On April 2, 2016

In Proposition 89, George Peters states:

“Christ in view of this future Kingdom, sustains a peculiar relationship to the Church.”

As a peculiar people, it should be understood that our Savior has a special relationship with those who have been called by the Father to be the bride for the Bridegroom. We are not the ekklesia (called out ones) for no special reason. We are not called out for nothing. Being called out denotes the reality of something being hallowed unto God. That which is hallowed to God is special and unique, used for the purposes and will of God. The ekklesia, past, present, and future called out people of faith, have a special relationship with the Bridegroom, the Messiah. We should take the time to understand that reality because far too often we forget our status as the called out ones, leading to forgetting about the need to be a chaste, holy, and obedient bride.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 89 is the following:

“Indeed, if we refer to the covenant, this must be the case, for the Kingdom directly covenanted to David’s Son is not a reign over other worlds, over the universe, or over the church as a church – is not even a reign in the third heaven, or some place outside of this earth – but is pointedly stated to be a reign over David’s Kingdom, which is extended to embrace the whole earth. To say then, whatever may be the honored position of Jesus in heaven, that He now is reigning in the covenanted, predicted Kingdom of promise, is directly opposed to God’s oath-bound covenant. This gives us then the proper idea of Christ’s relationship to the church. As Divine, One with the Father, the church is under His care and protection; as Son of Man He sustains a Headship over the church; as the future revealed King, His interest in the church is deep and abiding.”

Clearly as Divine, Jesus reigns over all. That is not in question here by Peters. What he is noting is the reality and purpose of David’s Kingdom which He will reign over in the future when He returns. Peters is once again noting the incorrect position of those who suggest the church is the embodiment of the promised Kingdom. If we understand the present and future relationship of the ekklesia to the Kingdom and to the One who will reign over that Kingdom, we will better understand our relationship to God and the Bridegroom as a whole. We will better grasp the uniqueness of our relationship to God as the ekklesia to include how He lovingly cares for those He has called to be His and how we must relate to the Son of God/Man. This when this doctrine moves from the world of theological discussions to the realities of everyday life.

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