Now every believer is ordained
to be a priest of God, an intercessor, a conveyor of His presence and
glory and word to the earth. Ordinary time or the Season of the Trinity,
is as Luke implies in the opening verses of the book of Acts—all that
Jesus continues to do on the earth after He ascended into Heaven to
rule—until God has put every enemy under His feet—at which time,
history, as we have known it, will end. The Son will turn the Kingdom
over to the Father, what theologians call the
(1 Cor. 15:20-25). So ordinary time is what others have called A.D. anno
domini—in the year of our Lord’s reign—meaning in the year of King
Jesus’ reign, which, of course, is anything but ordinary!
The reign of Jesus is marked by a continuing amnesty to all who repent.
If a former enemy of Christ will hear the Good News of Christ’s reign
and repent of their rebellion, the King will receive them, forgive them,
adopt them, ordain them and empower them for ministry. This amnesty will
continue until Judgment Day at which time the great separation will take
place and the sheep and the goats will be separated as Jesus describes
in Matthew 25.
During this period, those who die in Christ pass
immediately from this life into the presence of God as their souls and
bodies are separated until the great day of the Lord in which their
bodies will be raised unto eternal life (2 Cor 5:6-10).