The Lord Jesus Christ spent a lot of time in prayer with his Father in Heaven. As He was nearing His Crucifixion He entrusted his disciples to the Sovereign watch care of the Father (John Chapter 17). Also included were the generations which would hear their words, follow their Lord and teach all nations that which He commands. Nothing would touch and impact the world like the life, death, resurrection and the ascension of Jesus – The Nazarene.
In the span of His ministry He always did what was the will of the Father. He cries out in the Garden of Gethsemane “…nevertheless not my will, but thy will, be done” (Luke 22:42 KJV). The will of the Father and the will of the Son are one will.
Fast forward with me to the twenty-first century and I pose a probing question of great importance. Has there been any Divine directive that would nullify this succession of unity of wills from the Father to the Son and the Son to His disciples and ultimately to His body- The Church, The EKKlesia? In my humble opinion the answer is a resounding, no. The Lord Jesus Christ in his incarnation maintained this will to will relationship throughout his earthly life and ministry.
Over the centuries, humanity has influenced and altered the structure, doctrine and worship of the church. As a result, Christians have become comfortable with denominational labels and practices that cause division. This diverse mosaic has been accepted as normal. But, within the church there is a remnant that is hungering after righteousness and they shall be filled! These followers of Jesus seek to worship Him in Spirit and in truth with their whole heart. Their will is surrendered, and they too cry out saying “nevertheless not my will, but thy will, be done”.
These I address as The Global Ekklesia (TGE). They are the called out ones who are not identified by denomination but have accepted Jesus as Messiah and Lord and are living coram Deo in the Shalom of God (see Coram Deo and Shalom articles). Attired in the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:11), this is the army of God called and equipped with weapons that are not carnal but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds (II Corinthians 10:4), to overcome the darkness and to advance the Kingdom of God. “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. (Psalm 68:1 KJV).
Edward Donalson Jr.
CEO The EKKlesia, Inc.