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Is the Church a blessing or a curse?

Christians spend more time complaining about the Lord’s Church than they do examining the blessings within their grasp. We’re like the person who visits a world champion rose garden and only sees the thorns.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3, NKJV).

Likewise, Christians are the greatest people on earth and all we do is gripe about them. We may need a spiritual attitude adjustment. Let’s get back in the Book and out of the hedges.

Christians in the book of Hebrews were discouraged. Yet, God gave them sufficient reason to stay with Christ. In Hebrews 12:22-24, we find that our fellowship is extraordinary and should bring exaltation to our hearts.

First, we have a spiritual fellowship (12:22). Israel stood before Mt Sinai as they were about to receive the law of God (Exodus 19; Hebrews 12:18-21). They were in the presence of the Lord as are we today (Exodus 3:5; Psalm 76:2; Ephesians 2:19).

Second, we have an immortal fellowship (12:22). When we think about the “innumerable company of angels,” we’re reminded of the majesty of the ¬†heavenly throne room (Revelation 4-5). What an awesome company there is around us!

Third, we have a universal fellowship (12:23). Christians all over the world are bound together in the Lord. The greatest body ever assembled stands with God against evil and we should be immensely proud (Luke 10:20; Matthew 23:7-8).

Fourth, we have a divine fellowship (12:24). We’re a part of a better covenant (Hebrews 8:6) and we are God’s family.

Fifth, we have a redeeming fellowship (12:24). All the saved are in Christ and receiving the blessings that come from this unparalleled union (Ephesians 1:22-23). Together, we can walk in Christ with his blood cleansing us from our sins (1 John 1:7).

Brethren, cheer up. God will win and so will we (1 Corinthians 15:26).

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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5 thoughts on “Is the Church a blessing or a curse?

  1. A great message we all need to be reminded of. We need to see the divine in the human. Same mistake the Jews made, wasn’t it?

  2. Great article. God’s children will never reach the world with a negative attitude towards God’s family. Who would want to be a part of that? Let us rejoice in our relationship with Jesus and strive daily to spread the “Good News” to those we come in contact with. The world needs to hear some positive words that we can live by. I am proud to be a member of the Church of Christ.

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