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Sermons & Study Guides

National Church Establishments Pt. 3 - (Scriptural Relation Between Nation and Church)

James Dodson

National Church Establishments

(Scriptural Relation Between Nation and Church)

At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. (Jer. 3:17)

Question.—What relations exist between a nation and a church? Answer.—There  are  six  propositions  necessary  for  the  clearing that,  though scattered  communities  of  Christians,  or  even  great  ecclesiastical  corporations, may be expressions of true churches, 1 Pet. 1:1, 2; only a nation can be the proper manifestation of the church, Gal. 6:16: First,   There   is   nothing   but   a   nation   that   has   the   divinely   imparted constitution for being the bride which the church must constitute, Isa. 62:4, 5.  A bride must have a bridal constitution which qualifies her for fruitfulness and the other  ends  of  marriage,  Eph.  5:23-32;  so  here,  a  church  must  have  a  bridal constitution to qualify her for marriage, Song 3:11.  In order to bring forth and to subdue the earth, or land, the church must possess the nation, Isa. 60:10-12; and, therefore,  the  nation  must  subserve  as  the  proper  manifestation  of  the  church, Matt. 25:1-13, 31, 32.  After all, the chief end of all nations, and national being, is to serve God, Ps. 9:17. Second, Nothing but a nation has the bride’s call and promise addressed to it, Isa.  60:1-3.    It  is  by  displacing  the  nations  that  the  church  properly  manifests herself,  Ps.  47:1-3.    The  family,  which  is  a  nation  in miniature, cf.  Gen.  12:3  w/ 18:18; is addressed through its head, Acts 16:31.  The gospel has come to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of children to the fathers, Mal. 4:4-6; Luke 1:17.  The gospel era is the appointed time wherein all nations will be blessed  through  faith  in  Christ,  Gal.  3:8.    When  the  king  believes,  so,  too,  his national house is to follow, Ps. 72:11. Third, Only a nation is capable of the fruitfulness which is necessary to build up  Christ’s  family  to  its  destined  fullness,  Gen.  22:17,  18.    Christ  must  see  the travail of his soul and be satisfied, Isa. 53:11; but, surely this longing shall realize its expected results, Ps. 72:17.  Will, or can this fruitfulness be found within any small, or even large ecclesiastical, bodies?  Isa. 45:23.  Will it not rather be found in the turning of the nations unto him? Ps. 22:27, 28. Fourth,  Nothing  but  a  nation  can  be  a  church,  because  only  in a  national condition is she qualified for her promise of inheriting the earth, Ps. 37:9, 11, 22, 29,  34;  or,  for  so  subduing  and  enjoying  it  as  that  she  may  have  a  necessary provision for herself and her children, Gen. 1:28; Isa. 60:5.  As mere individuals, or  as  scattered  communities,  the  church  cannot  possibly  inherit,  or  subdue  the earth, or turn its resources to her own account, Matt. 12:25.  The church must be united inwardly, as a church, 1 Cor. 1:10; and outwardly, in a national condition, 
Mark  3:24,  25;  in  order  to  find  the  rest  and  reign  predicated  of  the  church,  Rev. 5:10. Fifth,  In  order  to  both  put  honor  on  his  people,  and  that they  may  have  an outward  instructive  representation  from  which  all  the more  forcibly  to  realize Christ’s inward relation to his church, as it’s  husband, head and king, Rom. 7:4; Eph.  5:23;  Isa.  33:22;  and  also  as  the  church’s  inward  glory related  to  him,  it  is Christ’s  good  pleasure  that  his  church  should  have  an  outward,  glorious, national subsistence, Isa. 49:22, 23.  We stand in need of outward representations, Matt. 13:24, 31, 33; therefore, outward marriage, 2 Cor. 11:2; the outward family, 1   Tim.   3:15;   and   the   outward   nation,   1   Pet.   2:9;   all   function   as   bright representations  of  those  relations  which  are  inward  and spiritual,  Ps.  45:9-17.  Nothing  but  the  church  can  be  invested  with  the  suitable  national  glory,  Rev. 12:5; therefore, there is the necessity that the church herself be a nation, Rev. 19:7, 8,  15-18.    Through  the  instrumentality  of  the  church,  mystical  Christ  shall  be formed  amongst  the  nations,  and  the  church  shall  be  clothed  with  the  royal apparel proper to bearing rule over the nations, Isa. 52:10; Rev. 1:5; 11:15. Sixth, If we consider the name “Zion,” we are reminded, in the first place, of the  outward  kingdom  of  David,  2  Sam.  5:7;  ;  but,  this  term  is  also  put  for  the inward kingdom of Christ, Ps. 2:6.  “Zion, or “Sion,” is the name of a church that was  also  a  nation,  Isa.  59:20;  and,  again,  it  was  the  name  of  a  nation  that  was  a church, Mic. 4:2.  It was of the this church become a nation that God declared he wished  to  dwell  therein  because  it  represented  something  that  he  desired,  Ps. 132:13,  14.    If  this  is  how  God  would  have  his  church  constituted,  does  it  not stand that nothing but a nation can be a church? Ps. 48.