Summary: Apostle Paul, Jesus and others, all had somethings to say to churches throughout the bible, be it good or bad. Revelation chapter 2, chapter 3
IT’S GOT TO BE PERFECT…OR NOT
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge, God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore, you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. I appeal to you, brothers, and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
Would it not be nice to be in a perfect church where everyone is kind, considerate even loving, where people always agreed on matters. The teaching, not too complicated, not too simple, exactly right, where the music, wow, not too modern, not too old, not too fast, or slow, not too loud or soft, where the seats are just right, the lighting not too bright or dim, the temperature adjusting to the heat. Oh bliss.
OF COURSE, there is no such thing as a perfect church, I mean if it were perfect for you, someone else would have a problem and anyway the church could never be perfect as it is made up of different sinful, non-sinful people. YET THE MESSAGE FROM THIS BIBLE VERSE IS THAT EACH CHURCH IS PERFECT, NOW HOW?
Did you ever hear the phrase?
JUST YOU WAIT UNTIL YOUR FATHER GETS HOME.
Well, I did a lot and boy oh boy did I pay for whatever I did wrong. I wonder how Apostle Paul would react if he walked into a church today. Now we know that most people do not want to come to church stating the church wronged them or something is wrong in that church.
So, let us look at that church in Corinth, they had problems, issues, they were divided, following different leaders, social class playing a big role, they all thought they were better than others, they even sued each other. Argued about what they should eat, even about the Lords supper.
Now to understand this church, we need to know that there were two main cultures, Greek, then Corinth was destroyed in 146BC, and then built back up by Romans, they worshipped Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Sexual abuse and attaining status was the norm for this church. Does it not sound familiar, is it not most of the problems we experience today?
So, Paul writes this letter to the church to address the problems, the issues, one would expect Paul to explode and tell them off, I mean what would you have done? Yet Paul starts off by saying thank you God for what is good at Corinth…
WHAT ABOUT OUR CHURCH, WHAT ABOUT US?
I know the temptation is to notice the problems however as we look around, where can you see God at work? Can you see the evidence of the good God has done?
Do we as a church thank God?
Apostle Paul then goes on to call them the church of God, we too are a church of God, it is not owned by anyone, it belongs to God. Paul then goes further to say that they are sanctified which means Holy, (I mean there are problems, they have issues, yet he is telling them they are Holy),
Is anybody listening?
To be God’s church, to be sanctified means we are to be set apart for His purpose, you are called to be different, to be Holy.
SO, ACT LIKE IT, LOOK LIKE IT, LIVE UP TO IT.
HOW DIFFERENT ARE WE?
DO YOU HAVE JOY, CONTENTMENT OR DO YOU MOAN?
HOW HARD DO YOU WORK?
WHAT IS THE ATTITUDE YOU HAVE?
HOW DO YOU SPEAK TO PEOPLE, CAN THEY TELL YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN BY THE WAY YOU TALK?