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What is the Church (Part 7)
Michelle Yim  2018-01-16 22:16:31, 조회 : 277, 추천 : 59

                                                      What is the Church

Servants of the Lord

        Last week, we learned about the foundation of the church. While many people say that the foundation is Jesus Christ, we learned that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the church. Instead, the church is founded on the apostles. Many people reject the idea of the church built on the apostles, yet, we learned that if you reject the apostles you are also rejecting God Himself. Today, we will continue to learn about what is the church by understanding the servants of the Lord.

        The term "church" comes from the Greek word "kuriake." Kuriake in its noun form is "Kuriakos" which means "owned or possesed by the kurios." What then does kurios means? Kurios means "Lord" and it can be seen used in the New Testament. This translates from the Old Testament hen it was used for God "Yaweh" and "adonai." For example, in Psalms 8:1 it says, "O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth." The psalmist is saying, "Oh Yahweh, our Adonai, how excelled is thy name in all the earth." Therefore, when we see the term "adonai" it means "the sovereign one." This derives from its original term "kurios."

        The term "kurios" is used in three different ways in the New Testament. For example, it is used in order to politely inform someone. This can be understood in the modern term of "sir" or "mister." However, kurios can also be used for "imperial usage." Sproul says that we use this "title that ascribes absolute sovereignty to the one who is kurios." For example, in Philippians 2:10-11, Paul uses this term when he says, "so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." When Paul says, "Jesus Christ is Lord" the term kurios is used in replacement of Lord. Therefore, kurios is used for the title of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Another way kurios is used in ancient Greek culture, is when a slave owner "kurios" purchases slaves. We will use this third way that kurios is used to understand the term church.

        The church is referred to people who are "owned by a kurios, who were owned and possessed by a lord." We find in the New Testament, images used to understand this through the relationship between the believer and Christ. That is why Apostle Paul often refers to himself as a "slave" or "doulos." He uses this term to explain how he was "purchased." He not only refers to himself as one that was purchased, but also refers to all God's believers as such. For example, in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, he says, "You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." Sproul states, "We are God's possession because He has redeemed us."

        In the New Testament, we frequently find Christians as people who are "in" Christ Jesus. When we evangelize, we explain that just believing in Jesus Christ is not enough but to "believe into Him." This term "into" derives from the Greek word "eis." Sproul gives us an example in order for us to understand what he means. He says, "I have to first move into the city through the city gates before I can be inside the city." Therefore, when we are not only in Christ Jesus, he is also in us. If you were to have this union with Christ and I have this union with Christ, the we have a "co-fellowship in Christ." Thus, we should not have cold judgments of one another and respect one another, as we were all people who were purchased by Christ.

        If we want to successfully do this, we must first change our attitude towards God's people and the church. Sproul states, "If I am a member of a group of servants and I have conflict with the servants, that conflict must never cause me to speak against the owner of the servants. We are all servants under one Lord." Therefore, in order for us to love our enemies, we have remind ourselves that we must do it for the sake of our kurios, Jesus Christ.

        As servants of the Lord, I hope that we can band together and love one another under the one who purchased us. We no longer live the life we wish to live or do as we please, we must understand that we were redeemed; thus our redeemer has a hold of us. Understanding who our kurios is, will ultimately help us to become loving and closer servants of the Lord.

1) In what ways is the term "kurios" used?
2) Why is "kurios" important to understand?
3) What does it mean to be "into" Christ?
4) What does Apostle Paul mean when he says, "You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."
4) What does Sproul mean when he states, "If I am a member of a group of servants and I have conflict with the servants, that conflict must never cause me to speak against the owner of the servants. We are all servants under one Lord."

임 바울
3. 그리스도 "안으로 Iinto)"라는 말은 무슨 뜻인가?

분명히 우리는 그리스도 안에 있다. 그러나 우리가 그리스도 안에 있기 위해서는 먼저 그리스도가 우리 안에 있어야만 한다. 그리스도가 우리 안에 있지 않는한 우리들은 그리스도 안에 있지를 못하기 때문입니다.

그리스도께서는 승천을 하시고 난 다음에, 성령을 우리들에게 보내주셨다. 그리고 그 성령님은 영원토록 우리 가운데 있겠다고 하였다. 그리고 성령을 그리스도의 영으로 부르기도 한다.

먼저 성령께서 우리 가운데 있기 때문에, 우리가 그리스도안에 있게 되는 것이다. 따라서 우리들은 항상 그리스도와 함께 교제를 가져야 한다. 그래서 그리스도 안에 있는 사람들은 또한 그리스도가 그 사람안에 있다는 것을 알아야 한다.

그런데 우리들은 가끔 동료 그리스도인들에게 미움과 악한 마음을 가질 수가 있다. 이것은 곧 그리스도에 대한 악한 마음과 미움을 가지는 것과 같다. 왜냐하면 그 안에는 그리스도가 있는 분들이기 때문이다. 따라서 우리 주님때문에 동료 형제들에게 나쁜 감정이나, 악한 감정을 갖는 일을 피해야 한다.


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36  Introduction - Doing Well and Doing Good  [1]  Abraham Yim 2018/08/07 3 41
35  Table of Contents & Purpose    Abraham Yim 2018/08/07 3 31
34  The Source of Full Assurance  [1]  Michelle Yim 2018/08/07 6 29
33  Gaining True Assurance    Michelle Yim 2018/08/07 0 22
32  False Assurance    Michelle Yim 2018/08/07 2 17
31  Four Types of People    Michelle Yim 2018/08/07 8 19
30  The Struggle for Assurance    Michelle Yim 2018/08/07 3 14
29  Regeneration is Permanent    Michelle Yim 2018/07/03 8 55
28  Regeneration is Immediate    Michelle Yim 2018/06/26 28 95
27  Regeneration is a Sovereign Work of God  [1]  Michelle Yim 2018/06/18 25 94
26  Regeneration is the Beginning    Michelle Yim 2018/06/12 23 101
25  Regeneration is a Mystery    Michelle Yim 2018/06/06 23 99
24  Must I Be Born Again?    Michelle Yim 2018/05/29 27 98
23  The Illuminator  [1]  Michelle Yim 2018/05/20 40 139
22  The Anointer    Michelle Yim 2018/05/20 30 110
21  The Sanctifier  [1]  Michelle Yim 2018/05/20 37 116
20  The Life Giver    Michelle Yim 2018/05/20 35 112
19  The Third Person  [1]  Michelle Yim 2018/04/17 46 164
18  Regeneration and Repentance    Michelle Yim 2018/04/10 53 176

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