With this post I am introducing an upcoming series of posts called: “Prepositional Realities: The Church in Relation to Christ.” In it we will be taking a look at the multifaceted nature of the Church’s relationship to Jesus Christ. Like a single jewel, with many facets, the relationship of Jesus and His Church is, on one hand, singular and simple, and yet on the other, multidimensional and complex.
One way to explore the diverse facets of this relationship is to look at the various prepositions that are used, or implied, in Scripture concerning it. Prepositions are words that describe the relation of one thing to another.
In this series, each post will focus on a different aspect of who Christ is and who the Church is in relation to Him by highlighting a different preposition as the basis for the meditation. Each of these aspects represent a significant feature of “the manifold wisdom of God” that the Church is called to embody and make known to both the seen and unseen realms of creation (see Ephesians 3:10-11.) Each one represents a reality that not only comes to bear upon the individual believer, but also upon the corporate Church in the function and form of its daily life and expression.
It is only as these “prepositional realities” are embraced and embodied by the Church that she can be who she is called to be, and do what she is called to do. Collectively they represent the foundation and core of the Church’s earthly and heavenly calling.
My prayer is that something powerful and transforming will be imparted by the Spirit through the contemplation of these profoundly simple, yet simply profound realities.
With the next post we will begin with the immense “prepositional reality” of…
As this is a brief introductory post, and being that we are heading into the week leading up to Good Friday and Easter, I thought I would also provide with this post an introduction and link to a meditation on the cross that I published last year. This post was the most viewed post of the year, and one that I hope will again bring a fresh perspective and deeper appreciation of the incomprehensible love of God expressed and displayed on the cross for you and I.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19)
Blessings to you as you contemplate His Eternal Passion.
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