The ekklesia mentioned in Matthew 16:18 is not a religious system or institution. Jesus, when He said that He would build his ekklesia had a progressive and ambitious movement in mind that would transcend the walls of the temple and synagogue. The ekklesia mentioned in Matthew 16:18 was not referring to the church model we see today in the west. It is true that the ekklesia is the assembly of kingdom citizens, but Jesus didn’t have in mind an assembly of temple worship or synagogue bible study when He foresaw the gates of hell falling. Jesus had in mind an assembly of kingdom citizens in a public place implementing the law and culture of the kingdom of light in places where darkness reigned.
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