An equipping ministry to Disciple the Church.
A mission base to Send the Church.
Colossians 1:18 (NIV)
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
The Supremacy of Christ is the same as “the preeminence” or “the first place-ness” of Christ in all things.
The Supremacy of Christ is manifested as the Reign of Christ which is the controversy of the nations, cites, and our hearts.
and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
- Faithful Witness
- Firstborn of the dead
- Ruler of Kings on earth
The last parable/teaching given by Jesus before the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem a week before he would be crucified is recorded in:
As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12 He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. 13 Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ 14 But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ 15 When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. 16 The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ 17 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ 18 And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ 19 And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 20 Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; 21 for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ 24 And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ 25 And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ 26 ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 27 But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.’”
-Jesus is the King, come from heaven to earth
-The citizens of earth are resisting His reign
-A handful of servants receive His Righteous & Generous Reign
-Some servants submitted to His Reign and will multiply His gifts to them by being on mission “business” in this life
-Some servants who received His generous Reign outwardly are inwardly still about their own “way” or “business”
-You can actually initially receive His gift but live in fear and selfishness wasting your life being about your own business
-There is great “reigning reward” for the multipliers of His giving
-There is great loss for those that hide away His gift and live their own independent lives
-There is great judgment for those that resist His reign and show that they hate Him