Our Sufficiency is of God – Trinity 12
In the midst of transition, there are churches that succumb to the pressures of change, for whatever reason and there are churches that remain steadfast to apostolic succession and tradition. Often these churches that remain steadfast are dabbed as arrogant churches. Today’s epistle 2 Corinthians 3:4ff, St. Paul declares his true intent in promoting the Gospel, one that stems from conviction than arrogance. The context for this excerpt is laid out by St. Paul in the Second Chapter and continues into the text for Trinity 12.
“17Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God…
2You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. 3You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
4Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. 5Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life
.”(2Corinthians 2:17- 6)
Faithfulness to Scripture and Sacramental worship within Apostolic Tradition may irate some who have steered away from the apostolic faith and orders. If our motive is sincere and our reliance is on God, we do not have to be concerned as to who scoffs at us. Our role is to be faithful to the mission of the Kingdom and we will not compromise in any shape or form in preaching the Gospel and faith once delivered unto the saints. Should it be a human enterprise, then it is destined to be doomed, but if our aim and purpose is to serve God’s Kingdom and ministering to His flock, we will persist.
Unfortunately our tendency is to trounce ourselves in the worldly affairs and lose sight of who we are. And we need to hear the voice of Jesus, “Ephphatha: Be opened” to the voice of God. Prophet Elijah had trouble in detecting the voice of God, after his triumphant victory on Mount Carmel over the false prophets, which gained the hatred of Jezebel, who was after his blood. After thunder, earthquake and gusty wind, Elijah needed to heed to the still small voice of God.
May we hear the words of the Lord: Epphatha. May we be opened to His truth and be found faithful upon His second coming.