真理的柱石

by Steve Timmis

在一讀,提摩太前書3點15似乎有點不安。在這裡面,保羅解釋提摩太他為什麼寫信給他。它涉及的教會:“我希望能到你們這裡來不久,但我將這些話寫給你們,是的,如果我耽擱,就可知道該怎樣一個人應該表現在神的家,這是生活教會上帝,真理的柱石和支撐。“

你是否明白他寫的東西? “教會……真相。的支柱和支撐件”作為福音派的聲音,我們知道保羅有這種倒退,不是嗎?當然,福音是,它提供了堅固性和外形的教會?是不是建立在福音和福音的產品的教會?

是的,毫無疑問是肯定的。但是,這不是問題的關鍵保羅正在在這樣的背景下。他希望提摩太讓教會在以弗所回到福音歌曲,因為她已經從福音離去。教牧書信不是簡單的手冊教會秩序。他們武器的緊急呼籲。提摩太需要去打仗,因為福音是危在旦夕在這個城市和地區。

但這一戰略的關鍵是教會自己。教會,由福音形成的,是福音,和她的生活和見證,她讚揚了福音,是主要的歉意,為世界前傳福音。約翰·斯托特,在他的評論1提摩太和提多,說得好,他寫道,“教會取決於其存在的道理;真相取決於教會國防和宣布。“

從本質上說,保羅寫信給提摩太向我們展示了多麼重要的福音是教會,但同樣重要的是如何教會是福音。其中,在馬太福音5中給出的註釋耶穌,是不是在所有的不安。正如以色列在舊約耶和華讚揚周邊國家被她約的生活,所以新約教會基督讚揚她約的生活。

因此,這裡有兩個外賣:

確保計算機福音是在你的堂心

閒來無事給人形狀或穩定性教會。不出意外將維持或培養她。閒來無事給她的生活或目的。教會是所有關於基督,她是由福音基督創造。出於對他深深的愛,她的野心和激情將是他的榮譽,名聲和榮耀。福音不僅是進入教會;它是由我們留在教會和蓬勃發展為教會的手段。如果沒有基督的福音,也沒有教會。

確保計算機教會是在你的福音的​​心

除非我們在聖經和神學信服教會在神的旨意中的中心地位,我們不會承諾活出身份共同為耶穌的名聲和榮耀。但是,考慮如何教會把福音展出了由三個基本的福音真理的手段:

理由

教會是有道理的社區。不像那些誰不認識基督,我們不需要我們的關係的表現來證明自己。我們之間的相互關係為兄弟姐妹們無懼,不偏不倚,因為基督是我們的理由。這些關係顯示為看世界。

寬恕

由於原諒,我們成為forgivers。人們了解更多的教義時,他們看到它實時顯示,近距離和個人,在凌亂的,無序的生活。

和解

它是被不甘心的父親,通過兒子,由我們成為社會和解的精神。正是因為我們不再陌生,上帝,我們已經不再陌生到彼此。當人們看到我們的和解,他們看到的是什麼神在基督裡的罪人做了具體體現。

顯示出福音的榮耀

當教會把福音上顯示的這樣,我們吸引人們的注意力吸引到福音。如鑽石般趴在房間的角落裡,我們一睹它我們的眼角,即使我們不是在尋找它。它吸引我們的注意力。因此,它與神的子民。當我們一起活出我們共同生活在公共廣場和市場,在街道上,別人窺見上帝的榮耀,即使他們不會去尋找它。那一絲興奮的詢問,他們開始尋求對我們的希望的原因。

在耶穌的真理被體現。他不只是講真話;他是真理。他不是來簡單地講述神的世界;他來到神。所以這是他的人。我們發言,我們的嘴唇福音的真理。我們展示了福音在我們生活的生命的生活在一起的使命,他的教會的方式榮耀。

 

At first reading, 1 Timothy 3:15 seems somewhat disconcerting. In it, Paul is explaining to Timothy why he is writing to him. It concerns the church: “I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.”

Did you catch what he wrote? “The church … a pillar and buttress of the truth.” As sound evangelicals, we know that Paul has to have that backwards, don’t we? Surely, the gospel is that which gives solidity and shape to the church? Isn’t the church built on the gospel and the product of the gospel?

Yes, undoubtedly yes. But that’s not the point Paul is making in this context. He wants Timothy to get the church in Ephesus back on gospel tracks because she has departed from the gospel. The Pastoral Epistles are not simply manuals for church order. They are an urgent call to arms. Timothy needs to go to war because the gospel is at stake in this city and region.

But critical to this strategy is the church herself. The church, formed by the gospel, is for the gospel, and by her life and witness, she commends the gospel and is the primary apologetic for the gospel before the world. John Stott, in his commentary on 1 Timothy and Titus, put it well when he wrote, “The church depends on the truth for its existence; the truth depends on the church for its defence and proclamation.”

In essence, Paul’s letter to Timothy shows us just how important the gospel is for the church, but equally how important the church is for the gospel. Which, given the comment by Jesus in Matthew 5, isn’t at all disconcerting. Just as Israel under the old covenant commended Yahweh to the surrounding nations by her covenant life, so the church of the new covenant commends Christ by her covenant life.

So here are the two takeaways:

ENSURE THAT THE GOSPEL IS AT THE HEART OF YOUR CHURCH

Nothing else gives shape or stability to the church. Nothing else will sustain or nurture her. Nothing else gives her life or purpose. The church is all about Christ, and she is created by the gospel for Christ. Out of a deep love for Him, her ambition and passion will be His honor, reputation, and glory. The gospel isn’t merely the way into the church; it is the means by which we remain the church and thrive as the church. Without the gospel of Christ, there is no church.

ENSURE THAT THE CHURCH IS AT THE HEART OF YOUR GOSPEL

Unless we are convinced biblically and theologically about the centrality of the church in God’s purposes, we won’t be committed to living out that identity together for the fame and glory of Jesus. But consider how the church puts the gospel on display by means of three cardinal gospel truths:

JUSTIFICATION

The church is the community of the justified. Unlike those who do not know Christ, we don’t need to justify ourselves by our relational performance. We relate to one another as brothers and sisters without fear or favor because Christ is our justification. Those relationships display that to a watching world.

FORGIVENESS

As the forgiven, we become the forgivers. People understand the doctrine more when they see it displayed in real time, up close and personal, in messy, disordered lives.

RECONCILIATION

It is in being reconciled to the Father, through the Son, by the Spirit that we become a reconciled community. It is precisely because we are no longer strangers to God that we are no longer strangers to one another. When people witness our reconciliation, they see a tangible expression of what God has done for sinners in Christ.

SHOWING THE GLORY OF THE GOSPEL

When the church puts the gospel on display in this way, we draw people’s attention to the gospel. Like a diamond lying in the corner of a room, we glimpse it out of the corner of our eye even when we’re not looking for it. It catches our attention. So it is with the people of God. As we live out our shared life together in the public square and marketplace, at street level, others glimpse the glory of God even when they are not looking for it. That glimmer excites inquiry, and they begin to look for the reason for our hope.

In Jesus, truth was embodied. He did not merely speak the truth; He was the truth. He did not come to simply tell the world about God; He came as God. So it is with His people. We speak the truth of the gospel with our lips. We show the glory of the gospel by the manner in which we live life-on-life together on mission as His church.

Copyright, Ligonier.org

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