manifestation and the Holy Spirit?s administration shall yield to that of Christ.?
(c) The Scriptures, however, distinguish between this invisible or universal church and the individual church, in which the universal church takes a local and temporal form and in which the idea of the church as a whole is concretely exhibited.
<401032> Matthew 10:32 ? ?Every one therefore, who shall Confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven? 12:34, 35 ?out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. The good man out of his good treasure bringeth forth good things?; <451010>Romans 10:10 ? ?if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt he saved: for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation?; <590118>James 1:18 ? ?Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should he a kind of first fruits of his creatures? ? we were saved, not for ourselves only, but as parts and beginnings of an organic kingdom of God; believers arc called ?first fruits,? because from them the blessing shall spread until the whole world shall be pervaded with the new life; Pentecost, as the feast of first-fruits, was bit the beginning of a stream that shall continue to flow until the whole race of man as gathered in.
R. S. Storrs: ?When any truth becomes central and vital, there comes the desire to utter it,? and we may add, not only in words, but in organization. So beliefs crystallize into institutions. But Christian faith is something more vital than the common beliefs of the world. Linking the soul to Christ, it brings Christians into living fellowship with one another before any bonds of outward organization exist; outward organization, indeed, only expresses and symbolizes this inward union of spirit to Christ and to one another. Horatius Bonar: ?Thou must be true thyself, If thou the truth wouldst teach; Thy soul must overflow, if thou Another?s soul wouldst reach; It needs the overflow of heart To give the lips full speech. Think truly, and thy thoughts Shall the world?s famine feed; Speak truly, and each word of thine Shall be a fruitful seed; Live truly, and thy life shall be A great and noble creed.?
Contentio Veritatis, 128, 129 ? ?The kingdom of God is first a state of the individual soul, and then, secondly, a society made up of those who enjoy that state.? Dr. F. L. Patton: ?The best way for a man to serve the church at large is to serve the church to which he belongs.? Herbert Stead: ?The kingdom is not to be narrowed down to the church nor the church
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