Sunday, June 26, 2016

Neill: the Church in the Gospel

Sunday, June 26, 2016
    To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
    —Ephesians 3:8-10 (ESV)
    Theologically, we have been discovering anew that the Church is not an appendage to the Gospel: it is itself a part of the Gospel. The Gospel cannot be separated from that new people of God in which its nature is to be made manifest.
    ... Stephen Neill (1900-1984), Christian Faith and Other Faiths, London: Oxford U.P., 1970, p. 208 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 3:8-10; Matt. 16:17-18; 1 Cor. 12:28; 14:12,26; Eph. 1:22-23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, demonstrate the Gospel in me.
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