Monday

Scripture Reading:
Matt. 24:14; Gal. 4:1-2; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:7; Col. 2:2, 9; Heb. 2:5-6; 1 Pet. 1:4

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”(Eph. 4:11-12)
the church life is for our growth in life

Along with Colossians, the books of Ephesians, Philippians and Galatians make up the heart of Paul’s writings, presenting us a complete vision of God’s New Testament economy.

The book of Colossians speaks of the mystery of God, which is Christ (2:2), in whom all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily (v. 9). In other words, Christ expresses the Triune God Himself. On the other hand, the book of Ephesians speaks of the church as the body of Christ and the fullness of the Son of God (1:22-23). Hence, we can say that the church is the mystery of Christ.

In previous weeks, we have used the diagram of an airplane to better explain the importance of these epistles. In this illustration, the book of Galatians, which gives us a panoramic view of God’s economy, is represented by the airplane’s cabin. This cabin can also be compared to the church life—a place where all of us who have the Lord in our hearts can grow in God’s life (Gal. 4:1), attain full sonship and be qualified to administrate the inheritance reserved for us in the heavens (1 Pet. 1:4). Here we can see how important it is for us to remain in the church life until we arrive at our final destination.

In order to help us grow, the Lord prepared a place where we have guardians and stewards who teach and feed us spiritually (Gal. 4:2); this place is the church life. The book of Ephesians also mentions the shepherds and teachers whose function is to transmit God’s Word. We can exercise our gifts into ministries under their constant care, that we may reach maturity (Eph. 4:7). These brothers, these stewards in the house of God, feed and teach us.

In addition to participating actively in the church meetings and helping our brethren grow in life, we need to take part in the work of preaching the gospel of the kingdom (Matt. 24:14). This work consists of proclaiming to all of God’s children that they need to mature in life in order to reign with Christ in the coming world (Heb. 2:5-6). This is part of the commission God has given us these days.

Key Point:
Growing in life and preaching the gospel of the kingdom.
Question:
How has the church life helped you become a mature son?