If you can understand what the Ekklesia really is then it will answer a lot of the questions and settle a lot of issues that arise when we try to naturalize it, bring it down to the earth, and make it all about the “meeting” or the “building” or the “organization.”
Jesus said He would build His Church. Has anyone ever seen this building? What is it made out of? How much money did it take to build it? Did they pay cash for it, or did they raise money for it, or did they borrow money to build it? Where is it located – in Jerusalem, or Bethlehem, or Antioch, or Rome?
I challenge you to search the world over and you will never find this Church, that Jesus said He would build, as something constructed, something to be seen in this realm.
Why? Because the Ekklesia is essentially spiritual in nature, and because it is spiritual, it is heavenly. If you can understand this it will answer a lot of the questions and settle a lot of issues that arise when we try to naturalize it, bring it down to the earth, and make it all about the “meeting” or the “building” or the “organization”. It the spiritual assembly of those who have been called out of one spiritual place and into another spiritual place; out of “darkness” and into “light”; out of “death” and into “life”; out of “Egypt” and into “The Promised Land”; out of “Babylon” and into “New Jerusalem”; out of the “old” and into the “new” – and Jesus is the Way: the way out of where we are, and the way in to where He wants us to be… “Friends, once you see the scope of this, once you discern the spiritual nature of the Ekklesia, and once you touch upon the spiritual Life of the Ekklesia, you will never be satisfied with anything of this earth. Everything pales in comparison to this Church that Jesus is building!”