Now that got me to thinking…
How do I think about the church? In listening to many of my friends and in reading many of the books put out in the past little while, it seems that there is a very negative / cynical view of the church out there. We tend to view the church more as “Israel all over again” than we do as an “inbreaking” of the kingdom of heaven.
The church is the bride of Christ, indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Sure there are problems in the church as it exists, but the truth of the matter is that the church is a people foreknown and foreloved by God, redeemed and made alive by God, being sustained and purified by God, in order that she might one day be presented pure and spotless to God, to the great glory of God!
All that to say, think good things of the church! She is not lost. She is not yours. She is Christ’s bride and he loves her. She is his great treasure! As one who hopes to be an undershepherd for my Lord one day, may it never be said of me that I underestimated the power and value of the Holy Spirit’s ability to work in the Son’s bride.
If someone had nothing but bad things to say about my bride, I’d have some serious issues to take up with them.