You are dismissed!

You are dismissed!

Acts 19:41 “After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.”

The city clerk sends everyone back to their homes. The riot has been stopped. Demetrius and the Jews have lost their case. God had stepped in again and preserved the work of the gospel. The assembly had gathered and now they are dismissed. The assembly is the actual word ‘ekklesia’, the same word that is used for “church.” It was a non-religious term used to describe a gathering or association of people.

It was a political term and it simply meant an assembly of citizens who were the ultimate power in the constitutional governments of the Greek cities whether that be monarchy or democracy.

But the Christians began to use it as Christ did, for His body, his called out chosen people. None more so than Paul, Ephesians 1:22 “And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

It got them into trouble, but just like when they started using the phrase ‘Jesus is Lord’ because the phrase was stolen from ‘Caesar is Lord’.

Who has the true authority over the cities and towns in your country? It’s the church.

In the same scenario as the city clerk dismissing the ekklesia, the Spirit of God dismisses the Church from its buildings and gatherings to take the gospel to the whole world.

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