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Who You Were to Who You Are

The Old Testament exodus narrative helps us to understand our own past and, more importantly, our purpose as believers today.

Old Testament Type

The Old Testament contains many types of our own reality. Consider these scriptures:

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. (Ex 19:5-6).

But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be a people of his own inheritance, as you are (having been obedient?) this day (Deut 4:20).

The ‘if’ shows that obedience was conditional to being God’s people in the Old Testament.

New Testament Reality

Consider how these New Testament scriptures use the imagery and terms of the Old Testament to help us understand our own reality in Christ:

you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ ( 1 Pet 2:5).

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Pet 2:9).

Faith in Christ, that produces obedience, is the only condition to being God’s people. Have you come out of spiritual darkness and become one of God’s own? Have you discovered your profound purpose? Do you need a Reorientation Miracle to help you see the light?

Rob Morley

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Institutional Church

One of the dilemmas that believers face inside the institutionalized Church is that they are often not taught how to hear from God and how to be active in their faith. When they are taught these fundamental spiritual basics, they are often limited in their expression of this dynamic.

Another dilemma is that members easily expect the church leadership to think for them, removing their own individual responsibility in their spiritual growth. Just as detrimental is when church authority lords it over its members by not allowing them to think for themselves.

We do need leadership in the form of elders who teach, preach, and pastor in each church and who come alongside, not hierarchical church leadership. The simple/organic Church movement embraces the Bible scriptures that teach that all believers are “priests” and does away with the top-down structure of the pope/pastor church.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood… that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9 ESV).

Incidentally, the idea that only the husband or father is the priest in the home is an Old Testament concept that undermines and inhibits the truth of the New Testament. All believers in a family are priests. Imagine the potential of that!

By Tina and Rob Morley

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