It’s All about Him

Christ and the Church

Do ye think that the Scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. (James 4:5 – 7)

The relationship between Christ and the Church is a paradigm for submission and authority in marriage (Ephesians 5:22 – 33). The Church willingly submits herself to Christ, the designated head (Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:8), while Christ, as head, is clearly the authority over the Church (Ephesians 1:22 – 23). Christ loves the church and gave Himself for her so as to present her spotless (Ephesians 5:25 – 27). Holman Bible Dictionary

Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It’s the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; purifying of imagination of His beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose, and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable, and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin. (William Temple)

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