Unlimited: The Humble Church
Mar 16, 2020 756
The foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength (1 Cor 1:25, NIV).
When the true Christ came, He came in disguise. They expected a conqueror, but He came as a carpenter; they expected a king but He came as a peasant; they expected one who was lofty, but He came in lowly guise; they expected one clothed with glory but He came clothed with humility; they anticipated their Messiah would proclaim law, but when He did come He proclaimed love.
The true church, like the true Christ, is always in disguise.
Christ uses the following metaphors in picturing the Christian life: the yoke, the towel, the sword, and the cross. A watered-down gospel offering only an anaesthetic is not the genuine article. But look at that man Simon on the Via Dolorosa carrying his cross behind Christ – there is a picture of the true church. See Mary breaking her expensive box of perfume – there is another picture. See Christ washing His disciples’ feet – a third picture. And most of all, observe the Man hanging on the cross!
The true gospel is ever crucified between two thieving false gospels. Those perennial religious thieves are legalism and antinomianism. Both lack the true love and the true faith that are central for the genuine gospel of God.
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: There are three pictures here of the true church. Which one speaks best to your heart? Why? What can you do today to identify more with that picture?