I've been thinking alot about church structure lately. Structure entails many things: buildings, programs, systems, schedules, and organization. While all of these things occupy my meditations at some time or another recently right now I am mostly thinking about structure as it pertains to the religious system.
Here's my thoughts: In the Old Testament God ordained and commanded that a tabernacle be built in the wilderness, a temple to be built in the promised land, endless animal sacrifices for endless sin, a priesthood, and strict adherence to the laws and ordinances. In the New Testament we are told that all of these things were a shadow of the things to come. A pointing forward to something greater. The greater thing has now come and His name was Jesus Christ. He is the embodiment of all these things. They all pointed forward to Him. Now that He has ascended He dwells within us who have placed our faith in Him. We are His body. we are His temple. We are His family. We are His bride.
Now my question: Since Jesus is the fulfillment of all the pointers of the OT and He is now manifested as a corporate body here on earth making us a corporate manifestation that fulfills all of the same foreshadowing...why do we continue to build and hold tight to religious systems that are meant to point us and others to Christ Jesus? Isn't that the same as putting new wine into old wine skins?