Mystery of the Church
Hello CBM family!
What a wild ride it has been over the past few months. To catch up on all God has done through CBM lately, please check us out on our social media pages! I want to write to you about a special time I had with our Lord in prayer the other day. What an eye opening word this was! My prayer is that as you read this, you would engage in this word as a child of God, not just as a man or a woman, that you may receive this word into your life with joy and gladness.
What is a mystery? Several dictionaries define a mystery as anything that is kept secret or remains unexplained or unknown. This word is fascinating to unfold before our eyes and to see the vastness of what a mystery is and what it contains.
The scripture brings to validity that the mystery of Christ and His church is encompassed in the confines of marriage in Ephesians 5:32, “This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” The church is the body of Christ. The Greek translation of the word mystery is mystērion. Blue Letter Bible defines mystērion as
a hidden thing, secret, mystery;
generally mysteries, religious secrets, confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals;
of God: the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly.
If we are to understand our relationship with the Lord we have to understand the marriage. Be sure to read Ephesians 5:22-33 for full understanding.
Church, yield yourselves over to the power and authority of the Lord. For the Lord is the head of you, just as Christ is the head of the church, which you are - and He is the savior of your body. Set yourself under the covering of the Lord, by submitting to His authority in every area of your life. Love your spouse in the manner that Christ loves you and be willing to lay down your own ambitions. In this manner of surrender, you are set apart to allow Christ to pour Himself over you with words of love and kindness. You are being prepared as the Bride for the Bridegroom in order for Him to accept you as His own without any blemishes. Christ loves His church and wants the church to learn to love itself. It would be a tragedy for the church to hate each other. No one can grow in the blessing of the Lord by hating one another. You only grow when you nourish and cherish each other by the Power of The Holy Spirit.
You and I are the church of Jesus Christ! He lives inside of us, which is why by the Spirit we command this flesh and these bones to die to all selfish ambitions and become more like Him on a daily basis. This ensures that when those outside the confines of the faith look at us they won't see you or me, but instead, they will see Jesus. So leave behind all your past empty experiences and join yourself as one flesh, The Church, to Christ Jesus.
If you have recently asked yourself, “Why am I not living fully in all that God has for me?” Then I urge you to ask yourself these questions in the context of your spouse being the Church:
How have I treated the Lord's Church?
Have I yelled at the Church?
Have I cursed the Church?
Have I belittled the Church?
Have I had ill thoughts concerning the Church?
Have I placed myself before the Church?
The mystery of the Kingdom lives inside of you. How you and I respond to one another is in direct reflection of how we view Christ’s Church. He would never treat us as poorly as we treat each other! Ask yourself these questions today. Be painfully honest! Now, repent of where you have hurt one another.
Father, I ask for You to forgive me of my ignorance. When I let my tongue fly with all kinds of blasphemes towards my spouse, or the Church, I was not only hurting them, but I was also damaging myself and our relationship. I was wrong, and for that, I ask you to forgive me. I ask You, Holy Spirit, to lead me daily with love and compassion for Your Church. I see myself as who You made me to be - a direct reflection of Your loving kindness. Lord, I thank You for helping change my way of thinking to be more like You.