The Seven Churches in Asia: Ch.2-3

Overview:

The Spirit while placing the two narrative accounts from God the Father and the Son respectively, gives the Bible coherence by bringing them about the basic attributes of godhead, so events carry people, nations, also heaven and earth along,- whether seen in part or as whole, shall hold true. Narrative mode of the Spirit makes it clear. Moses leading the children of Israel to the Promised Land is like a kangaroo word, holding an incipient idea of Christ leading the redeemed of the earth to throne of God. It has a symbol as often the case is with the Spirit which we shall see in the vision of woman clothed with the sun. The man child is an example. The Spirit melds Love and Righteousness of God so neither the narrative flow nor the symbols contradict one another.
When God the Father sent his only begotten Son to the world He demonstrated his Love(Jn.3:16). “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;..(He.5:8-9).”Being made perfect his sacrifice fulfilled the requirements of God to accept all who would be obey the Son. Love paid the penalty for transgressions of man so Righteousness was appeased. The Church is the reality where heaven and earth are reconciled in the Son and in the Father. “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love(Ep.1:4).” (Col.1:22;Ep.5:27)
The church was bought with his own blood so the church has to be holy as he is.

The Holy Spirit introduces this reconciliation of Love and Righteousness at the outset where the woman was formed out of the bone of man (Ge.2:21-25). The church was in the mind of God before the foundation of the world. ‘They shall be one flesh.’ Marriage of man and woman is an emblem of the mystical union of Christ with Church. This being the case should we not apply the same Pauline dictum to the church as well? “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body(1 Co.6:18)”. None of the seven churches in Asia were perfect and the purpose of the vision was to make everyone of them shape up.
Christ is the Head so naturally the body should be as holy as he is. While the risen Christ addresses the church at Thyatira he faults them for allowing ‘that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication…(Re.2:20)” Are modern churches any better than those churches signified by the seven golden candlesticks? When Christ warns,”…Will remove thy candlestick out of his place except thou repent (2:5)” do we need seek another meaning than the churches shall not be saved by the simple reason that they accepted Jesus as their Savior? Are they overcomers or worshiping God and mammon? Overcoming life is not compromising life with serial adulterers and child molesters in high places whose political clout may keep their megachurches floating and garner prestige and wealth. Of Sardis we have this rebuke,”Thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead (3:1).” The Spirit reveals on a need-to know basis and earlier the Apostolic Age began with establishing the word of God to redeem the believers from the world. “The Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved (Ac.2:47)”. Now what God seeks are not numbers but fruits worthy and for His eternal glory. So every child of God is enjoined to personal sanctification for which no other substitute we have than the word. We did not receive it to be merely as hearers. “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls (Jas.1:21)”.Testimony of Jesus Christ is now revealing the true significance of a double-edged sword “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart(He.4:12)”. Ever child of promise need to examine in the light of word and also the church so the Body of Christ is as holy as He is.
Benny

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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