Do we believe that the universe and all the creation in it is the great works of God, but the church of God is His Masterpiece? (Psalm 8:2:4-7, Colossians 1 : 12-19, Proverbs 8:22-31, Ephesians 1:4) in Ephesians 2:10 “ For we are his workmanship (poiema = work of art, handcraft) created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Who are the church of God and what are their backgrounds?

Man who died in sins will have a world lifestyle and mindset, loving the world and its elements – lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life (1 John 2 :15 – 16)

The characteristics of a spiritually dead person:

 ·  Live in transgression and sins (Romans 3:10,23)

Following the path of this world (1 John 2:15-16)

·   Following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2)

Sin attacks everyone including the apostles, caused by following the lust of the flesh and the deceit of mind (Ephesians 2:3)

Does God stay silent and let the sinful man to live under eternal condemnation? Surely not! But He puts his works on:

·    To put into life/resurrect the church in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6a) because of His great love and mercy (Ephesians 2:4). How God did that? By giving us forgiveness (Colossians 2:13-14)

Right after being resurrected along with Christ, the church will not be in the grave any longer but transferred to the kingdom of His Son (Colossians 1:13) and given the ability to live a new life (Romans 6: 4,6,11; 8:1-3, 9-11). Illustration: a corpse will produce bad odor and rotten, and will make an uncomfortable situation for the people surrounding. 

The Church of God consists of many members (1 Corinthians 12:12); if one of the member is dysfunctional, it will be a problem for other member’s activities, but of course the other member will not let that happen. Church of God shall not be in the state of spiritual death, for God has given us life. There will be a tumult if one of the members dies.

By Giving us a place to be with Him in heaven (Ephesians 2:6b). And it was proven when Jesus returned to Father’s house to prepare houses for us (John 14:2). In other words, we become heir, the member of the body, also take part in the promises given by Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:2-6, Romans 11:13,17,22).

Wonderfully, we the Gentiles, were given grace more than the Israelites, God’s chosen people that cannot be destroyed even though they have a lot of enemies. God is with them. Ironically, they are still waiting for the coming of their Messiah up to this day. They are still looking for the ‘straight path’ while we, the church of God already received it and live in Him, and we have a guaranteed future (Ephesians 2:7 compare with Ephesians 1:18-22)

These promises bring peace to the life of the church of God, that whatever happens in this world, we shall not be dismayed for we have a place in Heaven. Like when we have two citizenship (let say Indonesia and USA), if something bad happen in one of these countries (Indonesia for example), we will not worry, because we have another place to flee (which is USA off course). Jesus prepares us our homes in heaven. Riot and calamity may come but we have the eternal safe haven.

For we are God’s workmanship (Poiema = work of art,handcraft), we are guaranteed to have no defects (Ephesians 5:26-27). If there is any, it is God’s responsibility to fix it. Church is the masterpiece of God that expresses His wisdom, unlimited in His divine pattern (Ephesians 1:23, Revelation 14:14-15)

Church was made to emit the light of His wisdom that cannot be comprehended by man’s limited mind.

Church was created in Christ Jesus to distinguish it from other creation in the universe. In other words, church is unmatched with His other creation (James 1:18, Psalm 48:1-4; John 1:12-13; Isaiah 2:2). We are the firstborn of all of His creation (James 1:18) and in the unity of one body with Christ as the head of the church.

There are many differences among the member of the body of Christ, from their background, education, wealth, and so on. This must be well-managed to avoid chaos so that the wisdom of God can be expressed. Take example ; if we have the tendency to have gastric pains, we must anticipate it with eating regularly or even taking some medicines to heal the pain. 

We must not blame others if eventually our gastric pains really occur because of our inability to manage our own eating habits. On the other hand, we shall not lose hope if we have such limitation. Such examples can be applied also when we live among the congregation member. We should manage our difference by improving our way of thinking, how to communicate, etc. Only by this way, unity and solidity can take place, and in the end we are able to display the personality of Christ, the head of the church.

. Church was created by God to do good works not by man’s standard which many times have many shortcomings, but a virtue that can be enjoyed by others (Romans 15:1-7)

But in reality, chaos took place because of their self-righteousness. Like in a spouse quarrel, happens because both sides felt they have done the right things. So do with churches and among nations.

. God has ordained us with good works that we should live with (Ephesians 1:4,9; 3:9-12; 1 Peter 1:12; 1 Corinthians 2:7).

The New Testament has three big parts:

-        Historical (5 books)  : 4 gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) + Acts

-        Epistles (21 books)   : Romans to Jude

-        Eschatology (1 book)           : Revelation

Through Gospel, we know that the Life has come, and the gospels showed that the Church already has life. The gospel prophesied church will be planted and it happens in the book of Acts. The formed churches faced many problems and dynamics because of human weaknesses then the epistles occurred to help the church reflecting their life through the help of Holy Spirit. 

If the Israelites were proud because of the Old Testament, then the living Word that became flesh in the New Testament shall be the pride of the Christians for they have the character of Christ.
Remember, that no matter how difficult our work is, because of the enemies, God is walking before us and wage war for us (Deuteronomy 1: 30).  And we can face any difficult threat with Him. But it does not mean that with God there will be no problem. Otherwise, we should not fainthearted (Ephesians 3:13) then quitting our ministry. Rather, face the problem along with Him that gives us strength and ability.

Introspection: do our difficulties also make us weak, and then leave our prayer and worship? Illustration: If we are in sickness, even the most expensive delicious food will be tasteless, but not for others. If our spirituality is in weak condition, do not blame others nor the Word of God.

. God wants that the church materialize the good work of God by revealing the secret that is hidden for centuries (Ephesians 3:9-10). In other words, church must become a new creation (Ephesians 4:1-3,13,17-19,25-26,31) and the children of light (Ephesians 5:1-2) by implementing the wisdom of God in the personality of Christ.  That is why the church should have authority, sanctity, peace, etc. In Jesus there is no hatred, church must not keep hatred.

Wonderfully, the angels know the secret within the gospel when the church that is built by God in Christ is revealed (1 Peter 1:12)

Furthermore, church should have the courage to speak out the testimony (Ephesians 3 :11-12) and to reflects the magnificent works of God in our life, that other people who are still living in darkness may see the light and the glory of our God (Isaiah 60)


we who have been transformed, shall be the light of God to shine those who are still in darkness.

Although Paul was jailed for the sake of God, he was still keen to strengthen the church to always live according to their calling ( Ephesians 4:1).It means, our calling should be shown in our repentance an then implemented in our way of life; holy, humble, passionate, meek, and helpful (Ephesians 4:2). Christianity should be practiced into our daily life and can be seen by people surround us.


humility and understanding can take place if we can manage our differences. And the church has a lot to do with the future of this world. When the church is lifted up out of this world, that means the end of the world.  Even the future of satan and mankind is in the hand of the church. This will happen when the church rules with Christ in the millennial kingdom (Revelation 20 – Revelation 21:1).

The church should manage the wisdom of God until there will be unity in faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ and not easily struck by the wind of doctrines (Ephesians 4: 13-14). The church of God must be mature in the way of thinking, communicating, emotion and ambition, according to God’s will.

Beware, political views attacks Christianity nowadays to shake the faith of churches. We can learn about this from the history of Israel exodus from Egypt, where the hands of God must go down and help the Israelites, for the Pharaoh had brought the Israel issues into political interest, therefore it became a national issue (Exodus 1:8-22). If the work of God be brought to be political issue then becoming national issue, no man’s power could help but God Himself. Therefore be the children of God, and follow His will. (Ephesians 5:1).

Now we can see the greatness of His workmanship upon the church, to prepare the church so that they can reveal the wisdom of God to those who are still living in sinful life and bring them to salvation. And one day we will all gather with Him in heaven. Be proud to be the part of the body of Christ, the Lamb. Amen

Rev. Timbul Silalahi

Sunday, Lemah Putro, 29th January 2017


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