Monday, August 26, 2019

Lang: what is in ruins?

Monday, August 26, 2019
    “But what about you?” [Jesus] asked. “Who do you say I am?”
    Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
    Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”
    —Matthew 16:15-18 (NIV)
    What is in ruins? The invisible church, composed of all Spirit-baptized persons, is indefectible, it cannot be ruined; against it “the gates of Hades shall not prevail.” The local assembly may indeed be sadly ruined; but it can be restored, as, by the grace of God, has been seen times without number—at Corinth, for example. The only other institution in question is that agglomeration of sects that is called “Christendom.” But that is unrecognized by the New Testament—it is not of God at all: and that it is “in ruins” is no matter for our regret.
    ... G. H. Lang (1874-1958)
    See also Matt. 16:15-18; Acts 2:46-47; 8:1; Eph. 3:10-11; 5:25-27; Col. 1:18; 1 Tim. 3:15; Heb. 12:22-24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, against Your church, no resistance is possible.
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