Over the last two Sundays in our corporate gatherings, we’ve been gazing intently into Eph. 2:19-22. What we’ve seen in this powerful passage is that as Christians, we belong to God and to one another. As such, our identity is not determined by any earthly categories (ethnicity, socio-economic status, abilities, etc.). To the contrary, our identity is solely established on the permanent truth that in Christ we’ve been made citizens of God’s kingdom (vs. 19a), children of His family (vs. 19b), and members of His holy spiritual temple (vs. 20-22)! We belong to God’s eternal church, and we eagerly await that day when we’ll gather with saints from every tribe, tongue, and nation around the throne of Jesus Christ, our exalted Lord and Savior (Rev. 7:9-12)!
The truth of our identity and unity in Christ has far-reaching implications, which certainly encompass our lives together in a local church like RCG. As the church is central in God’s eternal purposes, so our relationships with one another are central in the church. As we grow in Christ’s holy love for one another (John 13:34-35; Eph. 5:1-2), so we grow in displaying God’s glory to the world around us.
With these things in mind, it was a special joy to share the time together we did this past Sunday night at our Quarterly Members Meeting. How wonderful and encouraging to hear testimonies from many regarding how God is working in and through your life. And how helpful as some shared burdens and concerns they are facing. Moreover, how refreshing to spend time together in prayer, expressing our praise, thanksgiving, and petitions as we seek the Lord’s purposes among us. What rich and tangible expressions of the identity and unity we share in Christ! We missed those of you unable to join us – knowing that many were dealing with illnesses, and other constraints that resulted in your absence.
May we all continue to “walk worthy” (Eph. 4:1-3), rejoicing in the glorious salvation God has lavished on us in Christ!!
Because Christ lives, and is returning,