Metropolitan UMC Indian Head
The Hope for a cureNovember 29, 2020 / Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Indian Head, MD
New International Version
Thanksgiving and Prayer
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
The supremely important part, the second great step in Paul’s argument, lies at the very end of this passage; but there are certain things we must note in the verses which precede it.
Here, there is set out before us in a perfect summary the characteristics of a true church. Paul has heard of their faith in Christ and their love to all God’s consecrated people. The two things which must characterize any true church are loyalty to Christ and love to other people.
There is a loyalty to Christ which does not result in love to others. The monks and the hermits had a loyalty to Christ which made them abandon the ordinary activities of life in order to live alone in the desert places. The heresy-hunters of the Spanish Inquisition and of many other periods of history had a loyalty to Christ which made them persecute those who thought differently from them. Before Jesus came, the Pharisees had a loyalty to God which made them contemptuous of those whom they thought less loyal than themselves.
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