Redefining the place and function of the
church in an information Age,
prophetic perspective to building
a 21st century governmental church
BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA
A template of the current shift
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. 1 Corinthians 15:
Apostle Paul was indeed a spiritual man who clearly understood the laws that defined and govern both the natural and spiritual realm. He understood the order and law of the two man which till this very moment defines and also differentiates the two system call Adam. The first man is reflective dust, in other words, what can be seen, torch or contacted physical. While the second man, the last Adam is from above. Above means that dimension which is alien to this physical realm, but yet, relevant in its purpose and assignment to the earth. The earth is the realm of assignment. The place of fulfilling heavens divine assignment. All the progressive technological discoveries and interventions we’ve seen in the past 6000 years all attest to the father’s redemptive and restored plan for man and creation. Wow!
The two system
The operation or function of the second man, the last Adam lives in two dimensional realms of life that can interconnect without being influenced or corrupt from the order of the earth. Paul also knew that what is seen in the natural comes from the unseen dimension of the Spirit. He further explain that what define spirituality cannot be truly value, measured or applied if there is no physicality that embodies such dimension. In other words, miracle can only be miracle if they are done in the realm where there are laws and principles that makes it impossible for such to take place.
Therefore, defying gravity on earth becomes a miracle because it is not a natural occurrence here. However in space, such act will not be seen as a miracle due to a different atmospheric climate. Therefore, Paul argues in verse 46 of the scripture above us that the spiritual does not come before the natural manifestation of things, even though he knew that everything seen in the natural is sourced and sustained from another dimension that is purely spiritual. However, to grasp this reality, there has to be a convergence; a confluence point where these two reality are attracted to each other without contradicting the essence and purpose of their union which is to manifest thei knowledge of the fathers glory.
This, I believe is what the church is still struggling to comprehend in regards to how to shift from a tangible brick concept of building to a true spiritual community call the church of the living God. As i present some of this point I felt has been highlighted within my spirit with regards to the current transition of the body of Christ from how we use to know it to another reality which may be the final reality of church structure before the appearance of the Son of man. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to lead us to the pool of ‘sent’ so we can receive clearer insight for what is ahead of us. The multiple organs and function of the church must now come together for the sole purpose of manifesting the knowledge of the glory of the lord by using the cyber platform.
The present increase of innovative technological breakthroughs are all pointing to one source and objective-the salvation of man. The world is now waiting for a church that is not boxed nor confined to a particular formula or geographical location in other for her to function in the power of her apostolic commission. We are in a new day where everything is changing in a pace we can hardly catchup. We now have to reconsider the way we use the current available technologies to build and establish the church of the third day. Welcome to the cyber Age.
Understanding the Information Age
As the Industrial Age reshaped the general image and identity of society, to the point of almost altering the narratives of past historic values. So today we are seeing the present Information Age, not only changing the narrative of life as we know it, but also consolidating the previous technological discoveries and their breakthroughs under one unit that can be accessed by just a push of a button. We are certainly now in a time of updates and upgrades of the core drivers that allow us to effectively engage with ourselves and the larger society in a creative and productive manner.
The church now needs to tap into a new dimension in Christ that elevates her spiritual and mental capacity to a higher ascended reality of what I call the creative character of the Spirit, which is only sourced through a well-developed, integrated prophetic spirit-man. When we say we are living in a changed world, it is crucial we put this in context and perspective of the various structures, systems and demography that once defined how humans lived, work, interact and even communicated with one another in time past.
As technology continues to redesign and alter not just the way we work and interact, but also eroding the moral and spiritual value of existence, there’s now a need to build and establish a powerful governmental leadership-based cyber church that can strategically and effectively give motivation, insight, clarity and direction with regards to the lords current prophetic agenda for humans within the 21st century society.
Please not that this idea is beyond just having a website, blog or social media accounts as important as this is. Building an apostolic cyber church community mean that we are not only live streaming our individual community activities, but that we have the capacity and will to multi-integrate our various grace, gifts capacity and revelation under various relevant initiatives, designed to advance the influence and footprint of heavens agenda within our communities.
As knowledge continue to increase in an accelerated pace and new doors of understanding (insight) is opened for us, there must be a new sense of depth in the activity of the Spirit in guiding our renewed mind, in terms of how we think and represent the inflow of ideas designed to construct they type of a church established on the mountain top for all to see and stream towards according to Isaiah chapter 2.
As the father continues to update the window driver of our spirit-man which of course allows us that gain access into the of present apostolic initiative, every member of the body of Christ most now allow the Holy Spirit to systematically remove those old obsolete drivers and plugins that can no longer interface with the current revealed standard of the kingdom.
As we are lead to move from one dimension of truth into a multitude dimensional sphere of life, as seen in the matrix movie for those who have watched it, we need to understand that this realm of possibilities can only be effectively manage by a people whose spiritual structure has come of Age according to Gal chapter 4:1. The fact is, we cannot experience a true lasting (transformation) change if we only limit it to the mere ability to use machine, technology and software to enhance how we communicate, as crucially important has this maybe.
The true meaning of change
The transformation of hearts that truly connects with one another is the reality of true change and development in society. There has never been such a time in human history where people seem to be so technologically connected but yet so divided and isolated. We’ve seen more broken homes and relationships even with the increase of applications that seeks to prevent this kind of misshappening. Suicide and murder has sharply increased in the past decade. Change does not happen due to our latest gadgets or the number of social media we belong; change is a thing of the heart.
Furthermore, change, in terms of development and contribution to the wellbeing of others has mostly been stirred from individuals who through a particular need in their lives or their community, seeks to find a solution by developing ideas and products that speaks into the solution of such needs. This season of intense need for God and the realities of his kingdom has finally ushered into our time and generation, a powerful technological breakthroughs system that is now giving everyone the opportunity and resource to achieve their dream and vision through an open source community, for a certain, the way we see and do church has to drastically shift if we must remain a driver of change in the 21st century global community.
The parallel reality of a technological Age
Think for a second how the world of smart phones and tablets have totally changed the way and manner we share and consume information today. Being able to communicate and share ideas, resource and capitals across multiple platforms with one another is one of the greatest achievements of this generation. And this I most agree, requires a different breed of well spiritually integrated men and women who clearly understand how to lead and manage these resources effectively.
The technological advance at the disposal of this present generation indeed has the capacity to either destroy the entire world through a switch in a minutes, or capitalize on this massive technological resources to develop, empower and transform the very poor and vulnerable across regions of the earth. The challenge here is to keep pushing for an agenda that will continue to speak to the moral conscience of those in leadership across regions to stand on a high moral ground when making decision that will impacts and affect the lives of their followers but their own immediate family.
Our ability to access information and translate them into any language we desire is no longer a dream but a true reality. The level of opportunity open for communities across regions of the earth to harness this platform of transformation and strategic integration has never been so real. These are historic moment in creation when we consider the speed we now have in accessing and processing knowledge and information or strategic development. The availability of Wi-Fi today is a game changer to information consumption and general human development. There is certainly a need to be sensitive and highly discerning of this sacred moment of opportunity given to us.
to be continued