I don’t often quote the Westminster Confession of Faith in my Pastor Weekly email, but the following section has been on my mind as we consider our 1 Peter text for this Sunday and next week in our Daily Worship Devotions.
All saints, that are united to Jesus Christ their Head, by his Spirit, and by faith, have fellowship with him in his grace, sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory: and, being united to one another in love, they have communion in each other’s gifts and graces, and are obliged to the performance of such duties, public and private, as do conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward man.
Westminster Confession of Faith, 26.1 The Communion of Saints.
We live in a very consumeristic age. The world around us forms us to think of us as consumers. We have been told, and we believe, and the market reinforces that “The Consumer is King.” Our sinful flesh is predisposed to not just accept this position as “Kings or Queens,” but to demand it and protect it. We will not give up our thrones without a battle!
How does this impact us as we consider our participation and membership in the Body of Christ and the local church family?
Take some time to read and reflect upon the quote above from the Westminster Confession of Faith.
- How do you feel about the first section – the part about being united to Jesus?
- How do you feel about the second section – and the “obligation” it states?
Reflect on that as you read and consider God’s Word to us in 1 Peter 2:1-12. In the context of this week’s passage, what does it mean for you – and for us – to heed God’s urging in verse 11: Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul?
I look forward to worshiping together as the Body of Christ this Sunday.
Yours in Christ,