Why we should keep meeting together!
Have you ever thought of this simply stunning statement by God as a reason why we are to gather together in corporate worship?
It is not good that the man should be alone. (Gen 2:18)
The ultimate point was not that all of God wasn’t enough for all of Adam. It was that all of Adam wasn’t enough for all of God. One human would not enjoy God as much as many humans together.
The Deeper Joy
Our corporate enjoyment of God is rooted in a great mystery: the Trinity. God is one but he is three in one (Matt.28:19). Because of this unfathomable truth we can say, in a sense, that it is “not good” that God should be alone. And in his Trinitarian counsel he said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26). This doesn’t mean that he made each of us little trinities. But it does mean that God designed us, in a way unique to humans, that many would become one. There are ways that we experience God more fully and joyfully as many in one than if just one human existed.
We, Though Many, Are One Body
Together, we are Christ’s body! And according to 1 Corinthians 12, each of us has differing roles that are indispensable to the healthy functioning of this body. Through each of us, God is nourishing and growing his body “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph.4:13).
We, Though Many, Are One Bride
Not only are we Christ’s body, but we are Christ’s bride (Eph 5:32)
Ponder this wonder! It is “not good” that God should be alone, not only in the Trinitarian sense, but also in the marriage of Christ to his bride. The three-in-one God and the many-in-one church join in one beautiful holy union, as it were, that allows all of us to experience God more fully and joyfully than if any less of us existed.
“There Am I Among Them”
That’s why we gather as the church this weekend. Not only because we are commanded to (Heb10:25). We are not merely “going to church.” We are participating in the greatest and most wonderful wonder that any individual or group of human beings can ever experience:
Oneness with the body and bride of Christ who together become one with Christ in God.