- Ephesians 5:25-27 (NKJV)
The final reason I bring to argue that the church is relevant for today is that the church is relevant to God. God still cares for His people (the church) and therefore God’s people must care for the church.
Paul writes that Jesus loves the church (v25). It is for the elect that Jesus offered up Himself as a sacrifice for sin. It is true that Christ’s death paid for the sins of the world and His resurrection offers new life for all. But only those who trust in Him for forgiveness receive the benefit of His sacrifice. Those who trust in Him comprise the church.
Jesus makes the church relevant because He sets her aside (sanctifies) for both service and for eternity in His presence. He continually cultivates His church to be His representation upon the earth.
Sometime in the future, at the Father’s will, Jesus will return to gather the church so where He is they may be with Him forever. At that time the church will pass through the final glorification conducted by the Lord. She will be perfected. The Lord’s work will see its final fruition.
If the people of God are no longer relevant for today, I ask why would Jesus tae such great care to present her to Himself in such glorious fashion? If she were not still of great worth, He would not care for her so.
So then if the church (the people of God) is of great concern and worth to God, should the people of God not value her too? They must value her. How do God’s people value the church? I have just a few suggestions.
Those who call themselves Christians must value the church by gathering together regularly. It is not good for man to be alone and it is just as bad a Christian live successfully without the fellowship of brothers and sisters in Christ. The gathering of the saints is designed to encourage, teach, and strengthen believers. Gathering reminds us that we do not walk with the Master alone.
As we gather together, we must do with the heart of serving our brothers and sisters. Gathering gives opportunity to serve one another and therefore love one another. Our service includes stimulating one another for continue the walk and to not grow weary. If we serve using our gifts given by God, our service is a delight rather than a burden.
Let us take on the same mind as Jesus. Jesus still works to grow His church through new saints and He habitually works on the seasoned saints so that we finish our journey in victory and glory.
- Pastor Randy