Ministers Letter: Making a statement at church
How does God make himself known? One answer is he makes himself known through what he has made. More specifically he is revealed through Jesus his Son, and through the words of the Bible, inspired by the Holy Spirit. Yet there’s another avenue by which God makes himself known, one in which we each play a part.
Paul writes in Eph 3:10 that God’s “intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms”. Church is a statement to heavenly beings about God’s wisdom in bringing different people together in Christ.
In The Living Church, John Stott suggests another way churches reveal something of God. “No-one has ever seen God”, begins 1 John 4:12. Stott notes this is “the identical sentence used in the prologue to John’s Gospel (John 1:18). But now he concludes the sentence differently. In the Gospel he wrote that ‘the only Son … has made him known’. In the letter he writes that ‘if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us’. John’s repetition of the same statement can only mean one thing. The invisible God, who once made himself visible in Christ, now makes himself visible in Christians, if we love one another.”
Being here and loving one another is a statement of God’s wisdom and love. Let’s make that statement emphatically!