Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Money, Love, Power... Christ!

Him [Christ!] we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians 1:28, 2:3
Throughout his letters, Paul constantly connects his practical concerns to Christ and his saving work. For example, when Paul deals with the issue of giving and financial generosity in 2 Corinthians 8, he appeals to Christ's saving work as an example [2 Corinthians 8:9]. When he challenges husbands to love their wives in Ephesians 5:25-33, he immediately discusses Christ's relationship to the church. Likewise, when Paul has to confront the Corinthians for making an idol of knowledge and power, he points them to Christ as the power and wisdom of God [1 Corinthians 1:30]. So, for Paul money, love, and power--three of the main physical, spiritual, and emotional motivators of the human heart--all find their truest expression in Christ. In Christ alone are true wealth, true intimacy, and true power. Paul responds to the practical concerns of churches filled with flawed and hurting sinners by connecting them back to Christ.
--Darrin Patrick, Church Planter: The Man, The Message, The Mission, p.134

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