Jesus said He would build His Ekklesia, not a church. The word church is not a Biblical word. This word did not exist in any language until the fourth century, three hundred years after Jesus ascended to Heaven. This is an excerpt from my book; Ekklesia; the Government of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.
As the government of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, the ekklesia has three distinct branches: • the judicial branch • the legislative branch • the executive branch
The prophet Isaiah illustrated the same in his description of the Lord.
For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; He will save us. Isaiah 33:22
Notice the parallels: • the judicial branch—our judge • the legislative branch—our lawgiver • the executive branch—our king
The government of the United States of America is also formed from this biblical pattern. However, instead of an elected President, the executive branch of the ekklesia is occupied by Jesus. And in place of Congress and the Supreme Court, the legislative and judicial branches of the ekklesia are occupied by the people of God. (That would be us.)
These three branches of the ekklesia also relate to the Trinity. The Father is the Great Judge, the Son Jesus is the King, and the Holy Spirit is the Lawgiver, or in other words, the One who delivers/speaks the will of God to us so that we can speak and act on it. Also known as our Helper, the Holy Spirit helps us to legislate and judge according to the will of God.
The Legislative Branch
Legislation is the process of writing and passing laws. Legislation also means the actual law itself. We have already discussed the legislative branch of the ekklesia throughout this book, though not in these terms. The responsibility of the legislative branch is to hear from God, then speak and act for God, thereby releasing His will on Earth. God gave man authority over the Earth. For His will to be accomplished, we must hear accurately from Him so that we can implement His will. Of course, we are not there yet, because God’s will is not always accomplished. We can easily see that by what is going on in the world today. Although God is in ultimate control, we are the ambassadors He uses to carry out His will on Earth (2 Corinthians 5:20). If God’s will is not accomplished, we need look no further than ourselves—His ekklesia.
Even as I write this, I realize that some Christians get nervous when speaking of government, politics and especially law in relation to God. Please understand that I am not referring to Old Testament law versus New Testament law, or debating whether we are under law or not. Instead, I am using God’s “will” and His “law” interchangeably. In the Kingdom of Heaven, God’s will—His law— will always be accomplished. He is the King and the overarching law of the Kingdom, on Earth and in Heaven, is love. Romans 13:10 says that love is the fulfillment of the law. 1 John 4:16 says God is love, therefore His will (or law) is always motivated by love and is always for the benefit of people. Even in judgment, love is the motivation, and righteousness and justice are the results. So it is up to us to hear from the Lord, then to speak and to act according to His will. This is the process of legislating the will or the law of God on the Earth. This is how the ekklesia is to operate.
The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, but the Earth He has given to the sons of men. Psalm 115:16
My book can be purchased here: Ekklesia; The Government of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth