When we meditate on the workings of the Church, how much of it do we understand?
When Jesus tasked Peter to establish the Church, he said that He will “build My Church on this rock (Peter), and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Jesus added that “the keys of the kingdom of heaven” has been given to Men and that “whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (ref: Matthew 16:18-19). And Jesus did not stop there. In order to drive the idea into the hearts and minds of the apostles, He said it again. However, this time Jesus said it with the emphasis that this news originates from Him and that He has firsthand knowledge of this reality . Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:18-20, NIV). This time, it appears that the apostles were really lost. It appears to me that they still didn’t quite understand what Jesus meant. So, being lovingly naggy, Jesus said it once more. This time, He said it after His resurrection. After giving the gift of the Holy Spirit to His disciples, He said, “If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 20:23, NIV).
Stemming from Jesus’ loving nags, there seems to be certain relationships we can draw. Let’s list it down here:
1 – We have the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and we can control the eternal freedom of others.
The Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven has been given to humankind. This allows us unprecedented access to alter heavenly events in both the spiritual (in terms of individual salvation) and physical realm (an individual’s physical existence in heaven ).
2 – The ability to control others’ eternal freedom originates from Christ.
When Jesus said, “truly I tell you”, twice, He is dead serious about the matter. It is a reality that we cannot ignore. It also tells us that we are able to do these things only if we are in Him and if we believe in the Words that He say.
3 – If two or more people asks for something, God will respond in heaven.
When two or three gather in the Name of Christ, Christ will be with them. And whatever they ask, God will do it. Understanding this reality gives believers great powers to alter both the physical and spiritual realm in ways unimaginable. Just think about it. In the physical realm, if we ask a mountain to move into the ocean, it will be done for us (Matthew 21:21, Mark 11:23). In the eternal realm, if we bind people on earth for whatever reason, they will be bound for an equal, if not longer amount of time, in heaven (Matthew 16:19, Matthew 18:18).
4 – Such ability can only be found in Christ and in the Holy Spirit.
If we are not abiding in Christ (John 15:4) and if we do not have the Holy Spirit within us, chances are, we will not be able to do all of the above. Sure, what we do on earth will still have certain impact on the things around us. But nothing will happen in the spiritual realm. Say for example, without the Holy Spirit, we will not have the ability to alter the ultimate salvation of others; we will not be able to “bind” or to “set free” or to “forgive”.
On the surface, this makes no sense at all. How can anything on earth influence anything in heaven? How can anything in the universe influence something else in the universe without any apparent connection? But here’s the thing. The answer to the spooky connection between two objects with no apparent connection might be found in Quantum Physics.
Quantum entanglement posits that two atoms, if entangled, will be able to influence each other even if they’re in a distance apart . In such an arrangement, atoms can influence each other regardless of how far they are apart from one another, almost instantaneously . On paper, it sounds impossible. In fact, it sounds so weird that Einstein calls it “spooky actions at a distance” . But in the Biblical realm, such is the science required to explain the teachings of Christ that He so naggingly told His disciples — whatever you do here on earth will have a significant influence in heaven (a place that is real and can be measured with physical measurements).
So, is there a possibility that all things are entangled at the quantum level ? Scientific researches tell us that they are. On a Biblical standpoint, we can argue that for every atom that makes up the physical universe, there is one that makes up the heavenly realm. After all, Jesus did pray that “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10) and that whatever worship on earth was meant to serve as a “copy and shadow of what is in heaven” (Hebrews 8:5). From the surface, it is beginning to see why everything on earth is entangled on the quantum level to whatever that is in physical heaven.
But if entanglement is only limited between two items, what does “two becoming one” (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5-6, Mark 10:8, 1 Corinthians 6:16, Ephesians 5:31) meant if God is outside of the picture? What is the significance of marriage, relationships, and even the formation of the church where “two or more believers gather in Christ’s name” (Matthew 18:20)? In recent years, breakthrough in quantum physics led scientists to the achievement of an entanglement record . This report proves that more than one being can be fundamentally entangled to form one whole; influencing one another in a way never before seen. In the scientific realm, it is still something that physicists are grappling with. However, with the added knowledge of science, we can now better understand the concept of Unity amongst brothers-and-sisters-in-Christ that Jesus values so much in John 17.
I do not know how heaven work in detail. But it appears to me that there is a certain form of invisible connection that Jesus is building with the Kingdom of God. Something like a web of quantum entanglement, linking the real world and the physical version of heaven. It is like a long-distance relationship between the physical and the invisible. Only in this context, the relationship permits the transmission of data (physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual) to be almost instantaneously between the two realms. In other words, anything that happens on earth will have immediate repercussions in heaven.
“The Church is a web of entanglement that connects the visible world we live in to that that is invisible.”
The Church is this web of entanglement. It entangles the matter that makes us who we are, together. “If one part (of the web) suffers, every part (of the web) suffers with it; if one part (of the web) is honoured, every part rejoices with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26, NIV). “We were all baptised by one Spirit so as to form one body” (1 Corinthians 12:13, NIV). If we are not in the Spirit nor in Christ, we will not have the ability to transcend the physical realm and alter reality as God had promised we would do.
So, how does things become entangled at the quantum level? In science, there are four possible ways of entanglement: 1) entanglement from birth, 2) second-generation entanglement, 3) entanglement by accident, and 4) entanglement by interaction . But let’s skip the science part and look at it from a spiritual level. We were foreknown by God to conform to His image; to abide in Him (Romans 8:29). In Christ, we were chosen and predestined according to God’s plans; the plans which aims to work out everything in conformity with the purpose of God’s will (Ephesians 1:11). To accomplish all of these, God make all things work for the good of those who loves Him (Romans 8:28). In other words, we were entangled before birth to be united in Christ to accomplish God’s will, in Love. Can others who were not “entangled from birth” be part of God’s plan too? Jesus says this, “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd” (John 10:16, NIV).
You may ask, how will God accomplish such complicated web of entanglement then? The answer, my friends, is Love.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”John 13:34-35, NIV.
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