Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Cundy: the symbiosis

Tuesday, August 15, 2023
    Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
    —Ephesians 4:25 (NIV)
    [Continued from yesterday]
    Of course, we are accepted by Christ as individuals; we need our private times of study, prayer and devotion, but our individual conversion incorporates us ‘into Christ’ and our individual baptism incorporates us into his body, the Church. To be indwelt by the Spirit is therefore to be part of his people and to have this symbiosis not just with Christ but also with the rest of his people.
    ... Ian P. M. Cundy (1945-2009), “The Church as Community”, in The People of God, Ian Cundy, ed., vol. 2 of Obeying Christ in a Changing World, John Stott, gen. ed., 3 vol., London: Fountain, 1977, p. 25 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 4:25; Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:12-13; Eph. 1:22-23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, by Your will, I am part of Your body.
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