Why we should Love Christ and His Church? Part 3
The church refers to the assembly’s authority. The body refers to the assembly’s activity, life, and Christ-likeness.
BECAUSE OF HIS AUTHORITY OVER THE CHURCH
Verse 24, “Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”The church is subject to Christ.
Matthew 16:18, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Because Christ gave us eternal life.
Because each one of us is under His authority and rule.
Because each one of the church and us will give account.
Hebrews 13:17, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”
It is a privilege to Submit to Christ.
John 12:26, “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”
BECAUSE WE MUST LOVE WHAT CHRIST LOVES
Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”
Christ loves the church.The church is not to take second place: Para-church organizations have sprung up like mushrooms, all claiming to “help” the church, but in fact, sucking its very lifeblood.
Christ did not say He loves Para-church organizations or denominations. He said He loved the local, visible New Testament Church.Christ proved His love by giving Himself – verse 25. Gave means that He freely gave, presented; it means to hand over to another or to deliver.
Read Revelation 14-16. The world celebrates the New Year by drinking and dancing. How should we celebrate it?