Monday, November 27, 2006

god's people

Lk 1.17; "and he [John the Baptist] will go before him [Jesus] in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

2 Co 6.16; "For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, 'I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people'."

He 8.10; "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people."

1 Pe 2.10; "Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people"

Re 21.3; "And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.'"

Christ saved us one-by-one but He didn't save us for one-on-one. He called us to live in community. For us to live alone or even with those that we like is no miracle. For us to commune with the Father in the company of those we are not like - that is a miracle. We reflect God's glory when we live His life as part of a body with Him functioning as the head.

We must purpose to reflect His image and to do that fully, it must be done in the context of community.

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1 comment:

Chris said...

I was just reading something very similar to what you wrote here.

The whole idea of community seems to becoming more foreign to us. We're losing the ability to live with others, to support each other, to laugh and cry with each other, to worship God with each other openly.