Friday, September 18, 2009
Epistle of Christ
2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. 4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
2 Corinthians 3:2-6, New King James Version
An Epistle of Christ
Again, in this passage from 2 Corinthians 3, Paul uses beautiful imagery to express a thought.
You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
In this passage Paul is speaking to the Christians in the Corinthian church, but his message pertains to all believers. As Christians, we are epistles (letters) of Christ which are known and read by all men, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God. Just think about that for a minute.
How often do we hear people say, "My religious views are just between God and me."? For Christians, that cannot be farther from the truth. God did not save us to allow us to hibernate inside of ourselves until our life here on this earth is ended. That does not mean we have to go throughout our neighborhood, pounding on doors and pleading with people to come to Christ.
Christianity is a religion of the heart; we are connected to God by the Holy Spirit through the blood of Christ. That connection makes a dynamic change in our lives. Nothing will ever be the same again! Everything we view is viewed through eyes which have been enlightened by the wisdom and knowledge of God.
So, you see, each believer is an epistle of Christ, known and read by all men. Go today, and be that glorious epistle which shines forth, by the grace of God, as a light to all unbelievers.
God Bless You,