These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (1 Timothy 3:14-15)
The Church Of The Living God
Idolatry is the religion of dead gods. Carving images out of stone and wood are gods created by the hands of men who foolishly create a totem to become their master. The god cannot save, it cannot speak, and it has no power. Folly is the foundation of idol worship because man is greater than his own god. The body of Christ is the church of the living God. Human wisdom did not create Jehovah God. Nothing in human wisdom can create a theology larger than themselves, yet the teachings of the Bible are far beyond the imaginations of any man. The church of Christ was established on the Day of Pentecost in the city of Jerusalem through the power of the Holy Spirit. Twelve men stood before a hostile crowd of devout Jews and accused them of killing the Anointed of God, the Christ. Three thousand repented that day and were baptized into Christ for the remission of their sins. The church of the living God had begun.
Luke records the spread of the church as disciples multiplied and spread the teachings of Jesus Christ throughout the Roman world. Two thousand years removed from its beginning; the church of the living God lives in every corner of the world. Communities spread across the globe will find groups of devoted saints meeting as the people of God in simple worship, dedicated lives, and devoted hearts. There has been an unceasing line of disciples from the day in Jerusalem until the coming of the Lord, who make up the church of the living God. It is the church that thrives on the gospel of Christ, changing lives and saving souls.
The church of the living God is the church of the living. It is made up of those who have been born again. Those who were dead in their sins are made alive through the blood of Jesus Christ. Sin destroys, but grace saves. The church of Christ is a place of life, abundance, hope, and joy. Jesus died to bring those who are willing to obey the Father into the new covenant that gives life to hardened souls, hope to desperate hearts, and joy in the fellowship of God’s Son. Those who are members of the church of the living God are alive in Christ. There is a vitality not found in the world. Christians face hardships with greater promise. Children of the living God know that death is life. Those made alive in Christ live in the knowledge that God has redeemed them from death.
Life is found in Christ. There can be no union of man and God outside the church. On the Day of Pentecost, God added to the church those who were saved because that is where life is found – in Jesus Christ. In the Garden of Eden, God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or they would die. Satan lied and told them they would not die. They disobeyed God, ate the fruit, and died. Satan knew what God meant and deceived Eve. Adam and Eve did not die physically but were separated from the living God. When Jesus came into the world, the Son of God brought the man back to the living God to give him life. The church of the living God is where life is found, and death is overcome. Without the church of the living God, there is no life. Satan has fooled many souls into believing they can worship God any way they want. Sadly, most believe the lie that life is found outside the church of the living God. Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Salvation can and will only be found in Christ, in the church of the living God. Do you have life?