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HOW PRECIOUS IS THE CHURCH TO GOD?

DEC 20

Ephesians 5:25-30
Memorise Ephesians 5:25
“Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”

Christ’s love for the church is described to us in terms that is easy for us to understand. It is likened to a husband-wife relationship, where Christ loves the church in the same manner as how a husband ought to love his wife. However, the love that Christ has for the church is one that far exceeds what any human husband is capable of, and is the benchmark and goal to which all human husbands must aspire towards.

In this description of Christ’s relationship to the church, we can see the great extent of His care and concern for us, and it really shows how precious we are to Him. Primarily, we see that Christ gave his life for the church. He sacrificed himself by suffering through the excruciating and humiliating torment on the cross, in order that we may receive the gift of everlasting life. As Peter describes in 1 Peter 1:18-19: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”. We were so precious to Christ, that He was willing to sacrifice his blood, which is of infinite value, to pay the penalty of our sins.

But it does not end there. After shedding His precious blood to justify us, Christ’s desire is for our continued sanctification. He continually guides and teaches the church through His word, that he may sanctify and cleanse the church. He is like a loving husband preparing His bride for the glorious wedding that awaits, where we can all stand before Him, perfect and holy without any blemish of sin, ready to spend a blissful eternity with Him. Such is the extent of His love for us, for we are like his own flesh and body (Ephesians 5:29-30), and He would do all things to ensure our complete purity and perfection. Dear teen, as we have learnt how precious we are to Christ, does it make Christ more precious to you?

Thought: Our lives should be a daily hymn of thanks to God. The motivation for all we do should be love and gratitude.
Prayer: Saviour, Thy dying love Thou gavest me. Nor should I aught withhold, dear Lord, from Thee. In love my soul would bow, my heart fulfill its vow, Some offering bring Thee now, something for Thee.