The Mystery of the Church Pt 2 – Apostle Joseph Ziba
FOUNTAIN OF VICTORY CHURCH INTERNATIONAL
The Mystery of the Church (Part 2) – 19th July, 2020
By Apostle Joseph Ziba
”Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:” 1 Corinthians 10:32
In the above verse, we see three different groups of people according to the classification of God and He treats these differently. The first group is the Jews. Jews are the descendants of Abraham, those connected to him in the natural/flesh. For us we are not connected to Abraham in the natural, we are only connected to him in the Spirit. The Jews because their connection with God and Abraham, they are still blessed no matter what they do. But for us, If we don’t have the right standing with God, the blessings of Abraham will not work for us because our connection with him is spiritual.
The church started from Jesus Christ. It’s a revelation. Church is more than registration. It is different from the gentiles. The Gentiles were formerly known as Greeks. In Acts, Paul used this word ’Gentiles’ to refer to unbelievers.
”…but instead, brother goes to law against brother, and that before [judges who are] unbelievers?” Corinthians 6:6 The Amplified (AMP)
In this verse, Paul talks of a believer taking a fellow brother to the court of law; to the judges who are unbelievers. A gentile would not be able to tell a believer what is right. One thing the Gentiles don’t have is faith. Faith is not believing, it is a special virtue that God gives to His people through hearing the word of God. We need to understand that in whatever a nonbeliever tells, there is no faith.
”So Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
Faith comes when we hear God speak to us. Without the word of God there is no faith. Gentiles do not have faith. Some gentiles believe there is God but they don’t have the faith. When we received Christ, the substance hoped for (faith) was imparted in us believers because we heard His word. The word ‘word’ there is not ’logos’, rather it is ‘rhema’ which means actual voice. If you don’t get the verse of the scripture, faith will not be imparted in you. You will still struggle. When faith comes in you, you are confident you can deal with matters in life.
There is something much more that we have and that is the voice God. God has entrusted us with His voice and wisdom. – Apostle Joseph Ziba
”O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” Galatians 3:1-2
Can you see what hearing of faith will do for your life? The verses tells us that basis of it is the hearing of the word. Apostle Paul knew that faith doesn’t come by works. Coming to church alone is not enough if you don’t pay attention to what God is speaking. You will realize in the time of shaking that there is nothing in your spirit because you were just listening. Through hearing the Word, faith is built and that’s what you take out. You only see this faith in God, in church and among believers.
”For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that hath overcome the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4
Everything that comes from God or is birthed by God will overcome the world, it doesn’t lose at all. When you are dealing with the world, it understands where you are coming from. You can’t present yourself weakly, physical and naturally and expect the world to bow down to you. Take your time in God, so that you can take out what you will get from Him. Recharge yourself in the Spirit, God will surely speak to you. There is no power in this world that can defeat what comes from God.
”If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.” 1 Corinthians 6:4
God has given us instruments to use to judge things. When you find yourself in situations, take your time to know which instrument you need to use to judge it. You don’t need to go to someone who doesn’t have an instrument to judge your situation. Any word coming from a non-believer has the absence of faith in it. The doctor may tell you what is medically correct but that doesn’t have faith in it. Before you take it, consider that there is no faith in what you are being told. Your reaction has to come with faith and the devil cannot stand. Let faith be in control of your life, don’t give in to the voice of reason, get first what God is saying. As a believer, you have the judgements of the matter.
”Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” 2 Corinthians 6:14-15
The voice of the world or unbelievers is a voice without faith. It is a voice that speaks not from a standing/position of God. It has no righteousness in it because righteousness is distinct in the children of God. Everytime you hear the voice of a non believer don’t conclude the matter because it doesn’t come from a standing of God, it can’t be the final word in your life. Righteousness is a gift from God and as a child of God you received that gift.
”For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)” Romans 5:17
Every child of God is able to do right because of the gift of righteousness. It is the gift that has been imparted in us. God gave us this gift so that we can have a right standing with God because no man by himself can stand right with God . In the New Testament, our righteousness is not just based on what we do, it is the gift of God.
”Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” Romans 10:1-3
Righteousness gives us a stand before God. Without righteousness you can’t live right with God, it covers you. The church has the righteousness of God. We shouldn’t give ourselves to the voice of the gentiles. How are we going to overcome them if we allow the voice to rule over our lives. We take it with wisdom, It’s our responsibility.
There is something much more that we have and that is the voice God. God has entrusted us with His voice and wisdom. This is our time to show the world we are in charge of the matters. Let us judge every situation by what God says. Shadrack, Mishach and Abed-Nego were able to overcome and encounter Jesus when they were thrown in the burning fiery furnace because they lived in the voice of God.
TAKE NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible.
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Apostle Joseph Ziba is a renowned teacher and preacher of the Word of God. He is the President and founder of Fountain of Victory Church International whose headquarters is in Blantyre, Malawi. His ministry is characterized by special move of God, Miracles, Signs and Wonders and thematic teaching of the Word of God.
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