A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
In “Life Together” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Protestant pastor and theologian in Nazi Germany, writes “The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer.” How true these words would be for Bonhoeffer, who was later imprisoned and executed for his role in a plot to remove Hitler from power.
But all too often today, we fail to appreciate the spiritual bond that exists between believers until it is tried and tested. It was in the midst of such difficulties that Bonhoeffer came to value the doctrine of the communion of the saints. The apostle Paul shares the same sentiment when he tells the church in Thessalonica that he prays “…most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith.”
The communion of the saints that should exist among true believers is a work of divine grace, established by Christ’s death and resurrection, and nurtured through obedient service to the Lord. When this is a reality among Christians, we will find that we can’t wait to see each other so that we can build each other up in the faith and advance the kingdom of God.