Saturday, March 17, 2007
Such a communion as this will have little place for the old creation. The more we enjoy this communion of the new creation, the less we'll have for the old creation. If the old creation accepts you as one them; pats your back, you're pretty sure, I'm sure you're not in the new creation yet, or you're not all the way in. Those who live in the new creation and those in whom the Spirit of God dwells; they're so different from the old creation that the old creation can't forgive them.
You know, the church in any given period may be known by whether the world slaps her on the back or slaps her in the face. It depends, you know, upon where you're slapped. If the world slaps you on the back, it's pretty sure that they recognize you as "one of the bunch", but if they strike you in the face as they did Jesus and Paul, then it also may show that you don't belong to them, and it can't overlook you.
Now, this fellowship is a sacred and a serious fellowship, and it won't have too much interest for worldly mindedness, really. It won't have too much interest for the lovers of money and the lovers of pleasure, and it won't have too much interest in the merely social religion who belong to "church" as they belong to some club; come because they like the hymns; like the fellowship of social things.
No... we can't expect people to like a church like this, but ohhh how wonderful it is to have the fellowship where Christ is. To close your eyes and know that you don't have to shout, "He's here!" To know that you don't have to look for truth; you have truth. To know that you don't have to talk about true worship because you have truth and life in the presense. And to serve not because you might be saved, but because you are saved.
Each one of us will have to answer to God in searching judgment how we've helped or hindered the fellowship... the apostolic fellowship.
- A.W. Tozer