If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3.1, 2
1 Clement 19
Clement of Rome (fl. ca. 90-100 AD)
“Thus the humility and godly submission of so great and illustrious men have rendered not only us, but also all the generations before us, better; even as many as have received His oracles in fear and truth. Wherefore, having so many great and glorious examples set before us, let us turn again to the practice of that peace which from the beginning was the mark set before us; and let us look steadfastly to the Father and Creator of the universe, and cleave to His mighty and surpassing great gifts and benefactions of peace. Let us contemplate Him with our understanding, and look with the eyes of our soul to His long-suffering will. Let us reflect how free from wrath He is towards all His creation.”
Our excerpt follows several chapters of Clement’s presenting examples from Scripture of the virtue of humility. Clement’s counsel to the Corinthians for returning peace and order to their churches is squarely grounded in Scripture and contemplation. The great example of the peace they need is to be found in the Trinity, through contemplating and meditating together on God’s exalted grandeur, majesty, patience, love, and peace. That’s not the kind of advice we get from church consultants these days, who are always ready to sell us a service or program to fix whatever ails us. Have we traded the discipline of contemplation for a mess of strategies and programs?
Are the people in your church taught how to meditate on the unseen things of Christ? Is what Paul commands in our text part of your own spiritual disciplines? Why do you suppose Paul and Clement thought this was so important?
T. M. Moore
Introduction to Christian Worldview
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