Here are the two questions that I received from my sermon on Ephesians 1:15-23, “Spirit Filled Church”. I think both questions were actually answered during the sermon, so the people who texted these in probably don’t still have these questions. However, I still want to answer them, since I promised to do so.
Question #1 Shouldn't we spend most of our time in the world sharing the good news with the lost instead of all our time with saints?
One of my first points was how the Spirit of God fills us with the love of God for the people of God. John goes so far as to say in his first epistle that you can’t even say you know God if you don’t love your brothers and sisters in the faith (1 John 4:8-9). However, as I ended my sermon the whole purpose of the church still being here on earth is so that we can reach the lost and dying in our world with the good news of Jesus. That’s part of what it means to be the body of Christ. The church is meant to be Christ’ lips that speak his message, his hands that bring his comforting touch, his feet rushing to the ones in need and his heart loving those who have been created in God’s image.
So on the one hand, we must spend time with other Christians, so that we can grow in our faith through our fellowship with them. There are over 31 different commands that God gives us for things that we are to do for the good of one another. It is kinda hard to do that if we don’t spend time with one another. However, we can’t just spend time with one another. It is also hard to fulfill our command to share the good news with unbelievers, if we aren’t spending time with unbelievers. Both things need to be kept in balance. To neglect either fellowship or evangelism would be disobedience.
Question #2 Why would we look to how Paul wrote about wisdom when The Word is Jesus Christ. Scripture interprets Scripture correct?
This question came up as I made an argument for why verse 17 should be translated “The Spirit” and not “a Spirit.” I said that we need to look at how Paul regularly uses this word in order to see what he meant. Whoever wrote this question seems to have some confusion about how scripture came about. All scripture is breathed out by God (2 TImothy 3:16). The words in the Bible are to be seen as God’s very words. Yet, God chose to write his words through people. These people had very distinct styles from one another. You have the poetry of David, the practicality of James, the boldness of Peter and the depth of Paul. God was directing each word, but not in a way that these people became robots. God used them, and how he had made them, to produce GOd’s word as God intended. So to say this is what Paul wrote, is the same as saying, this is what GOd wrote. Not because Paul is God, but because
no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2Pe 1:20-21 ESV)
Grace and peace!
- Pastor Jeff
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