THE SERVANT GENERAL
reading from Paul's letter to the Ephesians points us to a
basic and profound meaning of righteousness. Simply put, to
be righteous is to be holy. "So then you are no longer
strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with
the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon
the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus
himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is
held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;
in him you also are being build together into a dwelling place
of God in the Spirit." (Eph 2:19-22). Here is an amazing
passage about who we have become in Christ.
relate to the Triune God--Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We
are members of the household of God (we are His children),
we are founded on Jesus who is the cornerstone, and we are
a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. As God is holy, we too
need to be holy.
used to be strangers (not knowing God and not relating to
each other as brethren) and sojourners (wandering in the world
lost or with no definite direction or purpose). Now we are
citizens of the kingdom. We are brethren to one another. We
have made quite a transition. "No, you have approached
Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
and countless angels in festal gathering, and the assembly
of the firstborn enrolled in heaven, and God the judge of
all, and the spirits of the just made perfect, and Jesus,
the mediator of a new covenant" (Heb 12:22-24a). Such
is the reality of our new life in Christ.
heritage is the holy legacy of the apostles and prophets.
Jesus himself is the one at the center of our lives, and holding
it together. God dwells in us and in our homes. Do we realize
how amazing this truly is? "Do you not know that you
are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in
you?" (1 Cor 3:16). We not only dwell with God as His
children in His kingdom, but God dwells in us! The holy God
has decided to make our bodies the temple of His Holy Spirit!
Jesus lives in us and through us. How can we be anything else
puts it this way: "like living stones, let yourselves
be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to
offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus
Christ." (1 Pet 2:5). This is our call. This is our destiny.
This is what God intends for us, from all eternity.
bless you all.
to me life is Christ, and death is gain." (Phil 1:21)
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