Posted by: SandreS | November 22, 2009

God’s Outsiders: The Called-Out Ones (A Biblical Look at God’s Ecclesia), Part 20

Why “The Church in The House”: Identity

Paul’s pattern and emphasis of “the church in your house” also stood in harmony with his teaching concerning our true identity.

Paul taught that we are the church (Ephesians 1:22-23). He taught that we are God’s building (I Corinthians 3:9), we are His temple (I Corinthians 3:16), we are His house (I Timothy 3:15), we are His habitation (Ephesians 2:22) – that’s who we arethat is our identity!

God obviously knew full well that the religious system would attempt to steal away our true identity. Our true identity is confirmed and protected in the Pauline pattern of “the church in your house.” All around us there are those who would, in practice and speech, deny these great truths! Even most of those among us who profess to know in truth that we are God’s building, His temple, His house, and His habitation will nonetheless deny it in speech and practice. Just listen to these endless phrases of denial:

    “Where do you go to church?”
    “Our church is over on the corner of South and Main.”
    “He invited us to his church.”
    “I really love going to my church.”
    “I see your church is getting a face lift.”
    “Hurry, we don’t want to be late for church!”
    “Would you stop by the church and pick up our offering envelopes?”

ALL of these are the wrong church! Not a one in the bunch is God’s! Do such phrases not trouble the heart and conscience of anyone?

Paul’s “manner of life” (II Timothy 3:10) with the saints stood as a testimony that the Body of Christ was the “church building” of God. “The church in your house” was in clear support of this important truth. Religious talk, like that listed above, all vanishes away in simplicity of the true domestic nature of the church. Don’t allow yourself to be beguiled!

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ (II Corinthians 11:3).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2000, 2009

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