The church-at-large unfortunately consists of both believers and unbelievers. Many think they are Christians when their lives seep with evidence suggesting otherwise. These professing Christians, especially, must seriously take to heart Paul’s warning that if they live according to their flesh, they will die without the hope of arising to life with Christ. They must reflect on their steps to see if they are living according to the flesh, particularly observing the works of the flesh as noted by Paul in Galatians 5.19-21 and Colossians 3.5. On the other hand, struggling and downcast believers must take heart in this fight of faith, and be encouraged that if they are in Christ then the Spirit of life is in them. And if the Spirit of life indwells them, he will help them put to death the deeds of the body. He will lead them and continually assure them in this fight for joy that they are sons of the living God. The Spirit of Christ in their life will continually point to Christ as their Redeemer and living example of the way in which they must live—dependently on the Spirit, as they regularly cry out to their heavenly Father and learn to suffer together with Christ for the purpose of one day being glorified with him.
…in order that I might be the church along with my brothers and sisters in Christ. The church is a family on mission together, being led by the Spirit, centered on the person and work of Christ, for the glory of God — for the cities in which we live. In the strength that God supplies, let us be the church…
Very helpful. Thanks, Timmy!
Here’s Keller’s first blog post.
Willow Creek. Tri-perspectivalism. Written with hues of humility. Check it out!