I Will Build My Ekklesia

If we are to better understand what Jesus intends to build, we would be well served to examine the gospel in which the teachings appear. As we have discussed previously , the Greek word ekklesia— erroneously translated as “church”— first appeared in the New Testament in the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 16 and 18. Matthew’s gospel is remarkable in that it is the only one that records the particular conversation Jesus had with His disciples in detail, and it is the only gospel containing the English word “church.” (Other books use “church,” but Matthew is the only gospel that uses it.) Matthew’s perspective is unique; he wrote his gospel in Greek to Jewish Christians. It is also interesting to note that Matthew was probably an educated man and a wealthy man— a government employee and a tax collector. The reason I believe he was an intellectual or educated man is because he knew the Law and has more references to the Law than the other gospel writers. Many everyday Jews did not know the Law and depended upon the Teachers of the Law to explain it to them. Of the original twelve disciples, he was the only government employee called by Jesus as an apostle— proof that Jesus can use anybody. As an early disciple, he possessed a unique vantage point regarding Jesus’ intentions for the ekklesia. It is not surprising that Satan would not only twist the truth of ekklesia but also distort the truth surrounding the teaching on ekklesia that Jesus gave. There are at least six common misconceptions that come from Matthew’s two passages on ekklesia that need to be addressed. I have already mentioned one , which is the teaching on the ekklesia vs. church. The other five teachings pertain to:

  • Peter as the rock of the church
  • Binding and loosing
  • Where two or three are gathered in my name
  • If two of you agree on Earth about anything they may ask it shall be done for them
  • We should not judge

Joe Nicola

Excerpt from my book “Ekklesia: The Government of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth” 

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