Sunday, August 12, 2007

The All Sufficiency of the Church

I came across Daniel Sommer's commentary on the New Testament. I thought a couple of his comments regarding the church in particular were quite good.

1 Timothy 3:15
"...I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth."

Sommer comments:
"We may also learn by considering the verse now before us that the Church is declared to be "the pillar and ground of the truth," and thus is the support of the truth. In other words, the Church of God, wherever it exists, is intended, by its Founder, to be the institution to uphold the truth, and he never ordained any other institution for that purpose."

Ephesians 3:21
"to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."

Sommer comments:
"It indicates that God's purpose is to be glorified in the Church in all ages, and does not intimate that he desires to be glorified, nor can be glorified, in any human institution. This verse is God's eternal veto of all human societies that man may pretend to establish for his glory."

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