Friday, July 05, 2013

Christ's Family, Our Family

As I mentioned in the sermon, each person here is directly connected to Christ. That means that they are also directly connected to His Church. Their primary connection is to Christ and His Church. They receive nurture from God the Father, through God the Son, by the means of God the Spirit, in the divinely instituted body of Christ, His bride, the Church. The Church is located wherever God’s people are gathered but is particularly revealed in the local church, the gathering of particular saints at a particular place. This is vitally important.
         It is these saints gathered here, from the oldest to the youngest, from the greatest to the least, that are Christ’s body to us who are gathered here. We gladly embrace all other saints who are in Christ, but God has given us these particular saints to live with, suffer with, rejoice with, weep with, commune with and die with.
         As we look around we see not only forgiven sinners gathered before the Lord but we truly see our brothers, our sisters, our mothers and our fathers in the faith. This is our fundamental family in the Recreation, in the beginnings of the New Heaven and Earth. How then can we not rejoice around so glorious a Table, in Jesus and His people?

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