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Sermons & Study Guides

National Church Establishments Pt. 2 - (Scriptural Relation Between Church and Nation)

James Dodson

National Church Establishments 

(Scriptural Relation Between Church and Nation)

And  the  sons  of  strangers  shall  build  up  thy  walls,  and  their  kings  shall  minister  unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. Therefore thy gates shall  be open continually; they  shall  not be shut day  nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. For the nation  and  kingdom  that  will  not  serve  thee  shall  perish;  yea, those  nations  shall  be utterly wasted. (Isa. 60:10-12)

Question.—What relations exist between a church and a nation? Answer.—There are two propositions necessary for the clearing of this: First, There is nothing but a church which can be a nation, Mic. 4:5; and that in order to be nations, which shall be blessed and abiding nations, it is necessary for the nations to become churches, Gen. 12:3; Gal. 3:8.  The church alone is the heir of the world, Gal. 3:29; and no other party shall be permitted to occupy her territory, or exclude her from her inheritance, Matt. 5:5; Dan. 7:18.  So it is that whatever  occupant  of  the  earth  cannot  show  the  church’s  title  must  be dispossessed, Ps. 147:6.  Therefore, once the people of Israel were constituted a church they came into the possession of Canaan, in which they prospered as they obeyed, Deut. 29:7-9; and, conversely, the nations of Canaan were dispossessed and exterminated, Num. 33:53. Man’s church relations, his relation towards God and His Son, must first be constituted,  Ps.  2:10-12;  afterward,  there is  the  blessed  enjoyment  of  his  reign upon  and  inheriting  of  the  earth,  Judg.  1:1,  2.    Thus, it  is  that  churches  are constituted  to  become  nations,  Ex.  19:6;  1  Pet.  2:9.    Failing  to  honor  the constituting of the former, there can be no constituting of the other, Num. 33:55, 56. No nation can be saved from these consequences though it has communities of Christians dwelling within its borders, Ezek. 14:14.  The prayers and services of these Christians may prolong a nation’s prosperity, Jer. 29:7; 1 Tim. 2:2; but as occupiers of the soil, these heathen nations are but tenants awaiting a time of dispossession, Ps. 43:1.  The righteousness of the believers will not deliver an ungodly nation in the day of judgment, Prov. 11:21.  It is the nation, constituted in  a  national  capacity,  which  occupies,  possesses  and  inherits  the  national territory, Deut. 32:8.  Therefore, God seeks the necessary service of the nation, Ps. 72:11; as well as tithes as a nation, Mal. 3:8-10; and consecration of the earth’s gain to Him from nations as such, Lev. 27:30-32.  Thus, nothing but a church can be a nation,  Jer.  2:11;  and  to  be  blessed  and  abiding,  the  nations  must  become churches, Isa. 54:5. Second,  While  nothing  but  a  church  can  be  a  nation,  it  must  be  a  church professing the true religion in order to be blessed and abide, 2 Chron. 20:20; Isa. 54:14.  The nations are not dispossessed by virtue of being nations, but because
they are false churches conspiring as nations to commit idolatry, Deut. 7:1-6.  It is their rebellion against the true God that leads to their downfall, Ps. 9:17.  Israel, too, was warned that failure to obey the laws of God would result in an apostasy into false religion which would be rejected of the Lord, Hos. 4:1-6.  Thus, when he turned aside from worshipping the true God, according to the precepts of the true religion, Israel was dispossessed, Jer. 3:6-11. Third, It is expressly prophesied, of the New Testament era, that the church would be established amongst the nations, i.e., the church would be settled in the chiefest  position  of  the  nations,  Isa.  2:2.    Christ  was  given  to  enlighten  the churches of the nations, Isa. 49:6.  Christians are set to be salt and light amongst the nations, Matt. 5:13-16.  The Gospel is leaven which is to transform the nations from the inside (i.e., all genuine reform is spiritual, cf. John 3:3) out, Luke 13:20, 21.    Christ,  through  His  church,  is  set  to  rule  in  the  midst  of  nations  (i.e., Gentiles), which have hitherto been His enemies, Ps. 110:2, 6.  Paul, as the apostle to the Gentiles, declares that the purpose of the sending forth of the Gospel was to make them, the nations, fellow-heirs together with Israel by transforming the rulers of those nations so that they worship the true God, Eph. 3:6-11.  This is the dispossession, by the true church, of the false church in the midst of the nations, Ps. 96:5.  It is Zion that shall bring forth mystical Christ in the midst of nations which are born unto Himself, Isa. 66:7-12; Rev. 12:1, 2, 5.  This is the man that is born of the church, each nation in its abiding and blessed state in submission to Christ, Ps. 87.