According to Paul, the way the Jews and Gentiles lived together as one new family with God as their father would demonstrate the manifold wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10). My good friend, MaÃ«l, from “The Adventures of MaÃ«l & Cindy“, asks some important questions concerning this is his post called “Does our philosophy on the church matter?” He says:
Here we see how the observance of a healthy meeting of believers can clearly convey the gospel message to unbelievers. But it should not stop with the gathering. Scripture states that we are the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27). Doesnâ€™t it make sense that we, the church, therefore represent Christ? Since that is the case, I would say that our philosophy on the church matters. It is not a matter of preference; even when Scripture is not prescriptive, it is a matter of representing the gospel to a dying world. I love reading the church fathers and have appreciated the wisdom that we find in tradition, but if tradition does not align itself with Scripture, we have the potential of presenting the wrong image of Christ to a lost world. We have to ask ourselves two questions: “what kind of picture are we painting?” and “what kind of picture is the church we meet with painting?”
I wrote about one person’s view of the church a couple of months ago in a post called “Is our understanding of ‘church’ important?” This person had a completely wrong view of the church, but it was the church that had been demonstrated to her. Did she misunderstand? Possibly. Is it possible that the church was not presenting itself as it should? I think so.
So, what kind of picture are you painting? Are you demonstrating the “manifold wisdom of God” in the way that you live with those who are part of the family of God? Or, does it matter?