Friday, June 27, 2014
Restoration and Reconciliation in the Church
In Numbers 5, God tells Moses to purify the camp, the Israelites, God's chosen people. They were to be a people set apart, holy unto the Lord. Therefore, there was to be no unholy or unclean person among them. In 1 Cor. 5, God tells Paul that the Corinthian church needs to purify their camp; the church needs to do a Spring cleaning. In no uncertain terms, Paul tells the church that they need to expel the immoral brother from among them. (1 Cor.5:13.) This is for God's glory. We must take care to see that our fellow church congregants are holy and set apart unto God. We must not be afraid to confront sin in the church. In the church. Paul makes it clear in the chapter that we don't judge those outside the church; our responsibility to confront and judge sin is limited to those in the church, and it is to be done in a spirit of gentleness with a sincere desire to see that fellow believer reconciled to a right relationship with God and restored to his rightful place among God's people. We must sincerely desire to see that brother or sister welcomed back into the loving and forgiving arms of the church.