Ephesians 5:25-27 ……. Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
What is church? Well, without stating the obvious, church is not a building but rather the gathering together of believers in any place.
The Christian church is the gathering together of believers in Jesus Christ who are born again and baptised in the Holy Spirit and where the full outworking of the gifts and the fruit of the Holy Spirit are evident for all to see.
This gathering together is for fellowship, mutual encouragement and edification. The format of church is not a formula neither is it rooted in dogma or doctrines. The believers look after each other to ensure that no-one has lack in any area and the church corporately reaches out to the unsaved in practical ways. In doing so, the reality of Jesus is made manifest in them and His glory is seen by all.
Jesus wants his church to be holy, radiant, blameless and without blemishes. In other words, Jesus wants us to be like Him.
The only way the church can do this is if we are totally submitted to Him. It is only if Jesus Christ is truly our Lord that we can flourish and radiate His glory.
Jesus is preparing us for His soon return, He is coming back for a perfect church that will be like a suitable bride for the bridegroom. Only when we see Him face to face will we be as He is but, until that day, we are getting ourselves ready.
The Holy Spirit is working in us revealing who Jesus really is to us and through us. As we yield to Him we become more like Him and as we become more like Him we are more prepared for His return.
Soon and very soon, we are going to see our King and what a day that will be. We will be caught-up with Him in the clouds and we will be with Him for ever.
Lord Jesus, we want to make ourselves ready for you. Amen
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