Being “Under” Christ

One of the books I am reading is Understanding Christ: An Enquiry into the Theology of Prepositions by John Stott.  It is out of print but you can still obtain used ones for a very good price.  One of the things you quickly learn when studying theology and preparing sermons is that it is the little words that usually are key to understanding a passage.  Prepositions are hugely important and yet are often passed by too quickly.  Dr. Stott does not make that mistake.  Instead, in this very readable book he considers the many prepositions connected to us and Jesus.  “Through Christ our mediator.” “In Christ our foundation.” “Under Christ our Lord.”

It is this last one that I am currently reading and came across this statement.

I keep returning to this simple question: is Jesus Christ the Lord of the church, so that it submits to his teaching however unpalatable, or is the church the lord of Jesus Christ so that it manipulates his teaching in order to make it palatable?  Will the church listen humbly and obediently to Jesus Christ, or will it behave like the brash adolescent it often seems to be, contradicting its master and putting him right  where he has gone wrong?  Is the church ‘over’ or ‘under Christ?

Good words to consider today.  It certainly fits in with my studying through 2 Timothy in my sermon preparations.

About Matt Henry

Middle-aged pastor trying to figure out how to be missional in his world. Loves his wife, his children, and his dog Bear. I have a love of woodworking even though woodworking doesn't always love me. The name is xagete but is pronounced exegete.

Posted on September 5, 2012, in Bible Observations, Church, Theology and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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