Summary: For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. - Romans 11:36 The Church is about Jesus Christ. He is the purpose for everything. He is the reason for us gathering. His Name is the greatest Name. He is the ..
For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. - Romans 11:36
The Church is about Jesus Christ. He is the purpose for everything. He is the reason for us gathering. His Name is the greatest Name. He is the Head of the Church. The Life of the believer. Jesus Christ is the Alpha, He is the first of everything. Therefore He should be the first in our fellowships. His Name should be honored first, His death and resurrection proclaimed, and His person praised. For it is His Gospel, His Church, His Glory, His Scriptures and His Kingdom that we proclaim. He spoke the world into being. He rules God’s creation. It is His Spirit that He gives us. For He is the only Son of God. We can be encouraged that if an earthly christian leader passes out of leadership that we still have our Lord as the Chief Shepherd of the Church. Many excellent leaders and under-shepherds the Lord has for His Church but in the end we must always remember and think of Jesus Christ as the true head of the Church.
A Church in this earth that is glorifying God will be a Church that accomplishes his eternal purposes on earth. The Church has been a constant testimony in the earth for 2000 years and has had various forms but overall much of the Church has kept to Apostolic traditions and the faith once delivered to the saints. An early creedal statement by Ignatius of Antoich in A.D. 107 says, "Be deaf, therefore, whenever anyone speaks to you apart from Jesus Christ, who is the stock of David, who is of Mary, who was truly born, ate and drank, was truly persecuted under Pontius Pilate, was truly crucified and died in the sight of beings of heaven, of earth and the underworld, who was also truly raised from the dead." Though we can come up with new expressions of the Church we should not have to change what we are expressing. The truth affirmed by the Apostles and early believers should be the same faith we confess. The passage above is actually considered to be a simplistic creedal statement that believers would say. And we can confess as believers over two thousand years later truly, "from him and through him and for him are all things." Glory to the Son of God.