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What We Believe
THE CHURCH CHRIST IS BUILDING. Notes on St. Matt. xvi. 13 – 19.
BY Andrew Jukes. 1862
“I will build my Church.” — Matt. 16:18.
We are told of Moses, that, when he first beheld the burning bush, as he kept the flock in the wilderness, when he turned aside to see this great sight, why the bush burnt, and yet was not consumed, a Voice called to him out of the midst of the bush, saying, “Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place thou standest on is holy ground” (Exod. 3:2-5).
The self-same Voice still calls to those, who, as they keep a few poor sheep in the wilderness, have the sight of the bush in which God dwells, “burning yet not consumed,” presented to their notice.
And now and then it becomes all those, who look on such a sight, to take heed how they approach thereto, for the place is holy ground. For here we come not to a mount which may be touched, or to a sight which carnal reason can measure or give account of, but to that wondrous dwelling-place of the Most High, that mystery of His Body, which angels desire to look into; which, seeming to be, and being, of the earth, is of heaven also, the true link between the earth and heaven.
The sight is nothing less than the mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh, that is, in Christ and Christ’s members.
Now the most perfect manifestation of this great mystery is given to us by the Holy Ghost in the Four Gospels. In Christ we see the flesh in which God dwells, and in that flesh we have in “type” every aspect and particular of the Church, which is His Body; and this not, as in the Old Testament, set forth piecemeal, if one may say so, but presented in all its completeness, though in mystery.
In the Old Testament each one of the holy men and women express some form of that divine life in human nature, which was to be revealed perfectly in Christ’s Body. One man shewed forth the life of faith, another the blessed life of sonship, another that of service, another that of suffering, others figured other forms or aspects of the same wondrous mystery. But in Christ we have the perfect revelation; and in His life we may also read the life and sufferings of the Church, which is His Body (Eph. 1:23).