Sometimes scripture leaps out of the pages of the Bible and just slaps you round the chops! You read something, often something you’ve read many times before and fresh revelation comes from the words.
Take 1 Timothy, one of Paul’s pastoral letters. We often look at it and see a set of conditions that leaders within the church must adhere to and work towards. But at the end there’s a phrase which has really touched me. It’s in verses 14-15.
14 I am writing these things to you now, even though I hope to be with you soon, 15 so that if I am delayed, you will know how people must conduct themselves in the household of God. This is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.
See it there? The phrase ‘the church of the living God’.
What do we take from that phrase squirreled away in the text? For me it says that the church has to be seen as the church of the living God.
To be the church of the living God then people must see the evidence of a living God, not a dead God. People must see and must walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. We should be seeing salvation, repentance, healings, miracles. We should be seeing the love of God manifest as love for God and love for our neighbours. We should be seeing compassion, holiness, a people growing in maturity and seeking solid food.
What do you see?