(Ephesians 5:27) “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
One day the Church will stand together at the throne of God. The Church will be presented as a holy and clean Body. This is only possible because we are already a holy and clean Body! God does not depend on our own good works or acts of righteousness to establish or keep our holy and clean position before Him. In fact, if we were not already holy and without blemish, we could never have the promise of standing before Him. This is the second purpose of the Lord’s sacrifice described in Ephesians 5:25.
How is this possible when we look around at a Church that seems to be full of spots, wrinkles and blemishes? How can we possibly say the church is clean when it seems like there is only hypocrisy? We have to look at the Source. Jesus is the Source. He loved and gave himself for the Church (vs 25). The Church is His Body. Is there any other possible outcome other than holiness? When God looks at the Body of Christ, He sees a Body that has been cleansed. He sees members who are washed in the blood of the Lamb.
We spend so much effort and energy looking at the Church from man’s viewpoint. We become preoccupied with what we see around us instead of what is seen from above. If we are a heavenly people, we need to have a heavenly viewpoint. We need to be occupied with the sacrifice of Christ. We need to focused on the resurrection of Christ. We need to fix our gaze on the race ahead of us instead of the fray around us. The Church is glorious because it is God’s creation. The Church is without spot or wrinkle because it was paid for at the cross. The Church is holy and without blemish because God only creates what is in His own likeness.
Instead of worrying about the hypocrisy in the pew next to us, let’s burn in our minds the wonder of a living organism unified across all boundaries through the Living God inside of us. Instead of giving up on church, let’s go to church because we are The Church. Instead of finding fault in minor annoyances let’s determine to love others in the Body as God loves them. See the Church for what it is, what it was created to be, what it can be and ultimately what we will all appear to be when we stand together at the throne of God.
Renewed Thought – The Church is so much more than what you see in church.