Nº 27 · May - June 2004
In the New Testament it is clear that the Church is called the "House of God", or a "Habitation of God". In the previous edition of "Living Waters" we looked at some aspects of the Church as a House, at its restoration, its edification, and the service that the saints can offer within it.
If we come to take a closer look at the spiritual reality of what we call the "House of God", other important matters arise, such as its dimensions, its limits, and its mission in the world. The immeasurable growth of the so-called Church, and its hybrid character with the world, makes it difficult to establish the limits of the true House of God today. In this sense, the expression "Great House", from 2 Timothy 2:20, in which there are both honorable and dishonorable vessels, is very valid. As is the figure of the mustard seed in Matthew 13, in which, being a regular seed, ends up being the size of a tree, where the birds of the air come to roost.
Is the Church a great house or a small house? In the New Testament, two houses represent this very well; the temple of Jerusalem, on one hand, and Martha, Mary and Lazarus' house in Bethany, on the other. There are two houses here, with very different histories, dimensions, and characteristics. They represent this longstanding duality of the "House of God" very well.
We ask the Lord that through these messages our eyes may be enlightened to see what this House means to God.
TEAM: Eliseo Apablaza F. | Roberto Sáez F. | Gonzalo Sepúlveda H. | Claudio
GUEST CONTRIBUTORS: Rodrigo Abarca B. | Christian Chen | Marcela Azzolini
TRANSLATION Spanish-English: Andrew Webb
WEB DESIGN: Mario & Andrés Contreras