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April 8, 2020

Transform Society!

Dr .Peter Wagner • Workplace, City & Nation Transformation
Why did Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, leave heaven and come to earth? At first this may seem like a trivial question because all of us believers are supposed to know the answer. But let's think about it for a moment.

Why did Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, leave heaven and come to earth? At first this may seem like a trivial question because all of us believers are supposed to know the answer. But let's think about it for a moment.

Did Jesus come to shed his blood so that we could be saved and be assured of eternal life? Yes, of course. And this is happening. More people are being saved on a daily basis today than ever before in human history.

Did Jesus come to build His church? Yes, He said, "I will build my church." And this is also happening. Never have Christian churches been springing up in as many cities and in as many countries as rapidly as they are today.

Did Jesus come to bring good news to the poor? Yes. The first place He went after His temptation was the synagogue in His home town of Nazareth, and He announced that "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel (i.e., good news) to the poor (Lk. 4:18).

But there is something more. The Holy Spirit desires that we keep saving souls and we keep planting churches and we care for the poor but also the word of the Lord is saying, "Transform society!"

We need to take a new look at one of our mostquoted Bible verses: "The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost" (Lu. 19:10). In the past, most of us thought that Jesus was saying "to seek and to save those who were lost." Consequently, we applied it to saving souls. But now we realize that we should have taken Jesus' statement at face value, namely "that which was lost."

What is it, then, that was lost and that Jesus came to seek and to save? The answer is in the ?? rst chapter of Genesis. God's original design was that Adam and Eve should have dominion over all of God's creation (see Gen. 1:28). But they disobeyed God, they lost their authority, Satan usurped it and he became the god of this age. Satan's kingdom encompassed all the human kingdoms of the earth (see Lk. 4:5-6).

Why did Jesus come? He came with His kingdom, namely the kingdom of God, to invade the kingdom of Satan for the purpose of taking back dominion of God's creation which was lost in the Garden of Eden. The Holy Spirit is now speaking to the churches and saying that God's people must do what it takes to transform society, segment by segment, until God's kingdom is seen on earth as it is in heaven.

A Simple Picture
This is the biblical background for an unusual download of revelation that I received while ministering in Canada early in 2005. In it, God showed me by way of a simple picture what would be needed to move toward transforming society in the 21st century. It is the picture that you see in the center of page one.

In this article, I want to explain a little bit of each of the different components of the big picture. I realize that this will be very superficial given our limited space in Global Prayer News, but still I want to help set the agenda for what I believe the church will be working on for many years to come.

The big block at the top of the picture is labeled Social Transformation. This is the goal. This is why Jesus came. Saving souls and multiplying churches and compassion for the poor are all part of social transformation. We need to see our neighborhoods, our cities, our ethnic groups, our workplace situation, and our nations reflecting the kingdom of God 24/7. By transformed, I am not referring to a few good stories about how some are ministering. I want to see sociologically verifiable transformation, affirmed by credentialed sociologists. When it happens, it will be an answer to the prayer Jesus taught us: "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

There are two pillars providing the infrastructure for social transformation. One is The Church in The Workplace. I wrote about this in the April 2003 Global Prayer News. It is now more important than ever to recognize the fact that when God's people gather for worship on Sundays they are the church, but they are also the church during the six days that they mix with believers and unbelievers in the workplace.

True, there is only one church of Jesus Christ. However the church functions one way in congregations on Sundays (I call this the "nuclear church") and it functions another way the rest of the week out in the workplace (I call this the "extended church"). It is the extended church that has by far the most potential to transform society.

The foundation of that pillar is The Government of the Church. That means, among other things, recognizing that, biblically, apostles and prophets are the foundation of the church (see Eph. 2:20). Once we do, then it becomes obvious that apostles and prophets would provide the foundation not only for the nuclear church but also for the extended church. The apostles of the extended church, or Workplace Apostles, are the ones who have the anointing of God to link together the two pillars.

The second pillar supporting Social Transformation is The Transfer Of Wealth. Last year I used two issues of Global Prayer News to explain how God is preparing to release huge amounts of wealth for financing the advance of His kingdom. It will take money to influence society. Throughout human history three things have transformed society more than anything else: violence, knowledge, and wealth. And, I might add, the greatest of these is wealth.

Notice that the foundation of this pillar is Breaking the Spirit of Poverty. Did you see the excellent article on this subject rereading. I am also going to write more on it soon. The church has been bound by the spirit of poverty far too long, and this is going to change.

The final two parts of the picture, The Land and Cosmic Forces provide the challenge for spiritual warfare. We must cleanse the land from previous de?? lement and we must confront the principalities and powers opposing God's purposes by the authority that we have in the blood of Jesus Christ. Social Transformation is essentially a spiritual battle, and it will be won or lost in the invisible world. Fortunately, we have gained a great deal of experience in these things over the past 15 years, and now we need to apply what we already know.

Isn't this an exciting picture? The Holy Spirit is calling us to new levels of serving God on the front lines. Global Harvest Ministries is determined to be a part of this awesome assignment of God. I pray that you will catch the same wind of the Spirit and join us as we move into an unbelievable future!

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