The Communion of the Saints: Our Character

I believe in the communion of the saints, the Apostles’ Creed states. The condition of our communion, for admission into the church, is belief in Jesus as the Divine Son of God. We must believe the claims Jesus made about himself, that he is the way, the truth, and the life. But we must never be arrogant about it. To the contrary, the chief characteristic of our communion is humility. Whether we are thinking of ourselves as part of a particular church, or the Church worldwide, our communion should be characterized by humility. God saves the humble (Ps.18.27). He guides  the humble in what is right and teaches them his way (Ps.25.9). He crowns the humble with salvation (Ps.149.4). This is not a false humility but as the Church Father Clement put it, The lowered level of egocentricity and the humbled self-awareness that accompany sound Christian teaching arises out of a realistic consciousness of one’s actual ignorance, the limitations of one’s knowledge, one’s tendency to be deceived and one’s egotistic interpretation of the facts.  Our humility is not pretend, but should arise out of a genuine conviction that, as human beings, we can act ignorantly, that we are easily deceived, and inclined to be very self-centered. All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore under God’s mighty hand…1Peter5.5-6. An attitude of humility should be put on like clothes every morning, because only then are we truly useful to our Master and able to fully experience the grace he has for us.

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