(February 10, 2023) S. Sam Selva Raj shares …
Paul made a dramatic statement in Ephesians 5:32: ‘This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.’
God’s church is the fellowship of saints. In the gospels and first 10 chapters of Acts, those who followed Jesus were called ‘disciples.’ The early church grew and in Acts 11:26 those followers were now called ‘Christians.’
Faithful Christians will –
- Not lie, or deceive others or be treacherous.
- Talk open mindedly to other Christians.
- Follow Jesus’ model, walking in His footsteps.
- Reflect Him under all conditions.
- Not deny Jesus when affected by circumstances.
- Never misuse God’s ministry for their own profit.
One of the greatest mysteries to many is the fellowship of Christians and God. The reality is that those who are born again through Jesus are God’s children (John 1:12-13).
Every truth needed for anyone to live a victorious life in this world is hidden in this secret relationship. But people (sadly even some Christians!) are trying to discover other ways to find joy and peace to progress in their lives, ignoring this relationship.
Jesus revealed His great love for us in redeeming us by His sacrifice on Calvary (Romans 5:8). He is our Saviour who overcame death and rose from the dead! Over the centuries people have hated Jesus’ church and persecuted it. This fellowship of God’s children has experienced terrible sufferings and opposition… even today!(more…)