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Just reading an old ’53 commentary on Ephesians I found in a used bookstore. The words hit me in the face, as I was wondering about relationship with the organized church.  It is amazing how God brings those in grief comfort, in the strangest places.  I only picked this up off my shelf because I’m preaching on Ephesians tomorrow, and only looked at it as a last test for the already roughed out sermon.  Thanks be to God for this reminder.

It is important to observe at this point something of great spiritual significance.  Paul began his letter by talking to individual Christians…he makes it clear at its close that it is not en masse that Christians must fight the devil, but as individuals.  In the context of the cosmic struggle between good and evil, between God and Satan, every victory of each individual Christian is a defeat for the cosmic powers of evil.  We who are accustomed to regard victory solely in terms of organizational movements and their success, would do well to remember this.  A victory over temptation won by the most insignificant Christian soul has a cosmic dimension.  It breaks part of the power of the Enemy and brings the Kingdom of God nearer.  More ultimate even than the organized Church of Christ on earth is the individual soul. Souls, which in the words of the great historian, are more important than civilizations, have in certain periods of history been more important also than organized Churches.  Such souls, belong to Christ and being member of his Mystical Body, may exercise on occasion enormous spiritual influence, though they may be compelled to live a solitary existence and be unrecognized and unrequited by the organized Church of Christ. (page 196)

God’s Order: The Ephesian Letter and this Present Time, John A. Mackay, 1953

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Written by sameo416

October 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm

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