…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. Romans 14.17, 18
1 Clement 7
Clement of Rome (fl. ca. 90-100 AD)
“These things, beloved, we write unto you, not merely to admonish you of your duty, but also to remind ourselves. For we are struggling on the same arena, and the same conflict is assigned to both of us. Wherefore let us give up vain and fruitless cares, and approach to the glorious and venerable rule of our holy calling. Let us attend to what is good, pleasing, and acceptable in the sight of Him who formed us…Let us turn to every age that has passed, and learn that, from generation to generation, the Lord has granted a place of repentance to all such as would be converted to Him.”
We don’t hear much about repentance in the churches these days. Probably because we don’t hear that much about sin. But Clement knew that repentance was needed in his own church at Rome, as much as among the Corinthians, where a group of “young lions” was trying to take over the church from duly elected and honorable leaders. If these churches needed repentance, why should we think that ours do not? Look “to every age that has passed” and you will learn, “from generation to generation,” Christians have understood the need for and practiced repentance. It is all too easy for a congregation to stray from the business of seeking the Kingdom in order to pursue petty disagreements or fashionable interests. Clement calls us, as he called the Corinthians, to come back to the business of the Kingdom, and repentance is the avenue we must travel if we would do so.
How does the call for repentance come to your church? Is it included in the liturgy? As part of the preaching?
T. M. Moore
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