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November 10, 2013 / Samuel

圣洁教会 [Holy Church]

书卷:以弗所书(新约)
作者:保罗

以弗所书5章27节:“可以献给自己,作个荣耀的教会,毫无玷污、皱纹等类的病,乃是圣洁没有瑕疵的。”

今日默想:成圣达到最高峰就是荣耀。今天教会还不能完全荣耀,因人的肉体把上帝的荣耀遮蔽了。到羔羊婚娶时,就成了一个荣耀的教会,上帝从教会中就完全彰显出来了。教会的玷污已被基督的血洗净,但教会的斑点,就是旧造的成分,要靠生命来洗涤,直到被提见主时,完全成圣,进到荣耀里去。上帝乃是从内在的、属灵的、永远的一面来看教会,但人常从外表的、属人的、现时的一面来看教会。难怪人对教会的估价和上帝不同。基督爱教会,不但为教会舍命,救赎了教会。更要照以弗所书5章26节所说,以祂话语中的生命,道中的水,来洗净教会,使她成为圣洁、荣耀、毫无瑕疵、纯全,无玷污,新鲜,无皱纹的教会,而归给祂自己。可见,基督因爱为教会所作的,计有:为已往而救赎,为现在而作到丰满完全,为将来要永远与她联结。基督对教会的爱真是超凡、无比!

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Book: Ephesians (New Testament)
Author: Paul

Ephesians 5:27 :“that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”

Today’s Meditation: The peak of sanctification is the glory. Today’s churches cannot be glorious yet because humans covered the glory of God. When it comes to the banquet of the Lamb, the glorious church along with the glory of God will be fully revealed. The stains of churches had already been washed clean by the blood of Christ, but the spots of churches which is caused by old actions need to be cleaned by life. She will be sanctified and cleansed into the glory of Lord when she is raised. God always see a church from the inside and spiritual aspect in eternal prospect, but humans see church from the outside and humane aspect in the current prospect. That is why humans’ judgements about churches are so much different than God’s. Christ loves churches, He not only sacrifice Himself for her but also saved her. He will go according to Ephesians 5:26 that He will sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word so that the churches can be holy, glorious, flawless, pure, stainless, fresh, without wrinkle. Through these, we can see the love of Lord Jesus Christ towards churches has made Him saved her and He will bond with her forever. The love of Lord towards churches is so extraordinary and incomparable.

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