Thursday, June 02, 2016

Bruce: second things put first

Thursday, June 2, 2016
    Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
    —1 Corinthians 1:13 (ESV)
    In church government... our primary concern is to reflect the nature of God. Christ became man in order that He might redeem men from their fallen state, from their selfishness and self-isolating divisions from God and from each other; so that, gathered together in one in Him, man may offer to God that likeness to Himself in love for which he was created. Church government is primarily concerned with this: with worship, with the drawing of the whole life of the whole world into this reflection of the nature of God. It is secondly—and only secondly—concerned with the quarrels and peccadilloes of those who are not, as a matter of fact, imitating God’s nature very faithfully.
    ... Michael Bruce, “The Layman and Church Government”, in Layman’s Church, ed. John A. T. Robinson, London: Lutterworth Press, 1963, p. 64-65 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 1:13; Rom. 8:29; 1 Cor. 1:10; 15:49; 2 Cor. 3:18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your church is to be in the image of Christ.
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