Let’s look at the second essential principle that is a must for any church in the list from yesterday.
“The Head of the church is Christ the Lord, and the authority in the church is the headship of Christ. It is clear that in the church there should be an order, but this order comes from the headship of Christ. We must realize, honor and respect the headship of the Lord. If we are not under the headship of the Lord, we can never be right in the order of the church.”
Basic Principles of the Practice of the Church Life, Living Stream Ministry, 1999, page34.
Paul is just as adamant about this issue; “And He (Christ) is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.” (Colossians 1:18; see also Ephesians 1:22). There cannot be spiritual growth and maturity in the church unless Christ is honored as the Head (Ephesians 4:15-16). If this truth was properly recognized and obeyed in the church, most, if not all the problems, whether personal, marriage, family, or those in the church would be instantly resolved. Christ must be preeminent or first, and supreme in all things and under His headship.
In Ephesians 4:17-32, Paul is helping the church distinguish between the “walk of the Gentiles” and believers who have “learned Christ – assuming that you have heard about Him and were taught in Him, as the truth is in Jesus” (4:21). He proceeds to list those things that we must “put off, your old self…that is corrupt” (4:22) and “put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (4:24). The list of things to put off is extensive! Read verses 29, 31.
Then in verse 30, Paul says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” It is evident that the Holy Spirit longs to fill us so that God can accomplish His purposes in us for all eternity. Anything that hinders the Spirit’s desires for us is a grief to Him. Let this sink in!! If we understood this in a fuller way, we would be quick to “put off” attitudes and habits that have far too long cause the Holy Spirit to be grieved. Let us “put off” and be filled with HIM instead!
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