Saturday, February 28, 2009
When the Lord walked on earth, He praised the
"great faith" of a centurion and balmed the
"little faith" of the disciples. He acknowledged
the faith of a sinful woman, a leper, a woman
suffering with a flow of blood, and a blind man
by saying, "your faith has saved you."
In each case no doctrines, institutions or
ceremonies were involved. Those who simply
relied wholly on the Lord Himself were accepted,
their sins forgiven, and thus they were saved.
The only condition was that they have faith
in Christ personally -- that they engage in a
living contact with Him. Where there was this "faith,"
there was the beginning of the Ekklesia. Through
koinonia they became one with Christ, and He
became their Lord.
In a word, Christianity has its center in God
Himself and in the fellowship men have with Him.
This fellowship of God with believers through the
Spirit is the answer to the question of what faith
is. It is also the answer to what the true Ekklesia is.
Photo: cathedral candles, Ludlow, England