Yesterday we talked about church and the meaning of that word, which is “Iglesia” in Greek and translates as “An Assembly of People”. When people gather in church, they do it for the Christ’s sake, the goal of their gathering is the Christ Himself and the topic of their conversation is again the Christ. Jesus Christ said: “… For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”. This means, when we attend church, the presence of God is already there.
Today’s word says: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is….”. What does the word “manner” mean? When a person misses divine services for a few times it becomes a manner and he stops attending church. The Word of God condemns such habits and advises to exhort/encourage one another, so that no one drifts apart of the church.
Unfortunately, I know many people who formerly attended divine services, but today they are not in the church. When you ask them what the reason is, they have no response basically, while others plead full employment saying: “We’ll come once get free time”. One may think they are being invited to theater performance, but since they are too busy, they cannot come. However, attending the church or not – it’s a matter of life and death. If a person does not have any communication with the Lord, he dies spiritually.
Remember the Garden of Eden, Adam, who lost his fellowship with God, talked with devil and was deceived. Just from that moment, all misfortunes began in the life of Adam. I can’t believe that a person who is attending church, staying in God’s Word and praying can escape from the true way and go to hell.
Therefore, stay in the church, in the presence of God and remember where two or three are gathered together in the name of the Lord, there is Him, in the midst of them.
God bless you! Amen.