18 August, 2007
Sabbath a' Brakel: Communion of the Saints
Communion [of the saints] is exercised by being good examples to each other, and by following each other's example in doing good. Exemplary behavior is marvelously effective in attracting others. Christ is the perfect example, "leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps" (1 Pet. 2:21). Believers, however, in whom Christ has been formed, must manifest the image of Christ, also with the objective to be a good example to others. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Mat. 5:16); "In honour preferring one another" (Rom. 12:10); "Shew me thy faith without thy works" (James 2:18); "So that ye were ensamples to all that believe" (1 Th. 1:7); "In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works" (Titus 2:7) [II: 103).