Thought for the week: The significance of abiding by the Phrase of God

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Rev Dr Norman Hamilton OBE
Rev Dr Norman Hamilton OBE

It’s in Second Corinthians 3,1. “You present that you’re a letter from Christ, the results of our ministry, written not with ink however with the Spirit of the dwelling God”.

In these elegant phrases, St Paul describes the very seen high quality of Christian dwelling that the Holy Spirit had delivered to the as soon as somewhat dysfunctional congregation within the metropolis of Corinth. Individuals there had been one thing of a legal responsibility to the gospel and witness to the Lord, however had been remodeled into a really public and God honouring group of believers.

His phrases are totally according to different equally memorable educating from Paul and Jesus Himself. Christ turned the values of society up-side down when he stated that his followers, irrespective of how seemingly unimportant, had been blessed after they mourned, or had been meek or merciful. Paul regarded for the Spirit’s work to be seen in love, pleasure, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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It’s hanging that every one of those nice qualities typically present themselves in public. They don’t seem to be merely personal or solely private. In a phrase, Christian individuals are known as to be what famend English Anglican cleric Dr John Stott described as “counter-cultural”.

We’re not to have a veneer of godliness over an indulgent life-style. We’re not to repeat the often-corrupting values of the worlds of the movie star tradition or politics. We’re not to prize educational achievement or sporting success above honouring the Lord, regardless that these are a delight when and if they arrive.

A letter – or an e-mail or textual content message – is well learn. To have my very own life ‘learn’ in public (as within the church in Corinth) is somewhat scary, but it’s so essential that it takes place. And the identical applies to the lifetime of any congregations of which I, and also you, could also be members.

We’re all effectively conscious that the pandemic has introduced new, surprising, and in some circumstances fairly traumatic challenges to many congregations and dedicated Christians. The associated fee-of-living disaster is including to the pressures. There are fewer volunteers to run many church actions and there’s much less finance out there. pastoral wants are growing throughout each era, while on the similar time pastors and church leaders are needing to spend ever extra effort and time guaranteeing that our work complies with an excessive amount of new laws.

But, all of those challenges open up new alternatives to jot down the letter from Christ in our lives and in our congregations on many new pages. Earlier generations noticed it occurring of their time. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the identical Spirit of the dwelling God continues to be open to doing the identical work in our time and on this era.

It’s more likely to be fairly pricey. But I actually do need Him to jot down these new pages. Do you?

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