10 Jan 2010

Three mysteries

The sermons at the meeting of the church “Philadelphia” on 10 January were about Christmas. Pastor of worship Sergej Tensin talked about Christmas as an event that revealed God’s character. He showed Himself through  the birth of Jesus Christ. We learnt that God was capable of feelings and emotions. The garden of Eden that God created for the first people with love and care was an image of His love to us and what relationship we should have with Him. The garden had everything for life. Christmas is a good time to give God something special and start living according to His will.

Senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov suggested thinking over three mysteries mentioned in 1 Timothy 3:16: “Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory”.

The first mystery is God’s appearance in a body. The Son of God left heavenly glory and descended to a human level.

The second mystery is the one of crucifixion. In Galatians Paul writes: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”(Galatians 3:13-14).

The third mystery is the one of the church. The church is a letter of Jesus Christ to nations who don’t know Him. This is said in 1 Ephesians. These mysteries revealed in Jesus Christ help us to know God better and thank Him for salvation He gave us through His Son.

Next Sunday the church “Philadelphia” is going to have a holy communion.



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