Contributed on Jun 8, 2010
What does the portrayal of the church being like a golden lampstand say about how God sees His church?
One of the principles associated with spiritual maturity is that spiritual maturity comes from learning to see things from God’s perspective. When I come to see things as God sees them, it makes all the difference in the world. When I learn to see those without Christ as God sees them, I develop ...read more
Contributed on Jun 14, 2010
Paul tells us how God views His church as being His temple and how this should serve to unify us.
"To dwell above with saints we love, O that will sure be glory. But to dwell below with saints we know, We; that’s a different story!” Sad to say, the fellowship of too many churches can be described by that little jingle. But while that may be so, it is not what God desires, nor is it what ...read more
Contributed on Jun 28, 2010
Paul tells us how we can function as the body of Christ and thus, present the likeness of Christ to a lost world.
Once again, the Apostle Paul discusses the unity of the local church. Here he uses the picture of a body to speak about how we are to function in unity. From Paul’s discussion of how God sees His church as being like a body, we learn four things about how the body (the local church) is to function. ...read more
Contributed on Jul 26, 2010
Paul explains the relationship between Christ and His church as being like the relationship between a husband and wife.
Paul describes the church as being the bride of Christ and tells how the relationship between husband and wife is an illustration of Christ’s relationship with His us. Let’s see what Paul has to tell us. 1. Christ’s Devotion to His Bride - v. 25 There are many "falling in love" scenarios. ...read more
Contributed on Aug 2, 2010
Peter says that God views his church as being His chosen nation.
Peter uses the imagery of the church being God’s chosen nation even as Israel was in the days of the Old Testament. Note the similarities between what Peter says about the church in our text and what God told Moses to tell the Israelites: “‘Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out ...read more
Contributed on Aug 9, 2010
God sees His church as being a mighty army, storming the gates of Hell.
One of our Lord’s teaching techniques was to ask His listeners a question, which, in the process of answering, would allow Him to teach them truth. Such is the case here. Jesus wanted His disciples to see that the world doesn’t know who He is. The disciples, on the other hand, did know who He is. ...read more