We just got from a spring break trip with the WSU Students for Christ club. It is so good to see so many young college students give up part of their spring break for the Lord. This year we started by going to the Tri-Cities to meet with the church in West Richland on Friday night. The saints there have been meeting as the church in that city for less than a year. It was very enjoyable to see the Body of Christ expressed in such a new locality! On Saturday we headed to blend with the saints in Portland, with a stop for some hiking at Multnomah Falls. We took the Lord’s Table in Portland and continued on our trip to stay two nights in a beach house in Manzanita, Oregon and do a little sightseeing on the Oregon Coast. It rained and snowed for the duration of our stay on the beach, so we mostly just stayed inside our cabin to play games and fellowship. It was a very sweet time. We finished our Truth Tour with a visit to the church in Vancouver, Washington, a GTCA city from a year ago that has a flourishing home church life.
On car rides between stops and during home meetings in each place, we enjoyed getting into a little booklet specially compiled for the trip, entitled God’s Dispensing for Transformation, Growth, and Building. The first reading was titled the Economy of God. Here we learned how God’s purpose is unveiled in the New Testament as an economy, or plan to dispense Himself into man. I enjoyed seeing how 2 Cor 13:14 shows the steps of God’s economy carried out by the Trinity. It says, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” Here we see three different aspects of God, and three different aspects of His economy. We cannot say that the Father, Son and Spirit are three different Gods, nor can we say that love, grace and fellowship are three different items. The Triune God is one God expressed in three persons as the Father, Son and Spirit. In the same way, love, grace and fellowship are the same thing in three stages. Love is the source, grace is the expression of love, and fellowship is the transmission of love in grace. In the same way, God is the source, Christ is the expression of God, and the Holy Spirit is the transmission bringing all that God is in Christ into man!
What an enjoyable trip. I think the most amazing and enjoyable part of the whole thing was seeing the students see the reality of the Body of Christ expressed in a practical way for the first time. One brother told me as we were eating in Vancouver that it all clicked for him. He “got it.” We had been to three different places so far from home and it felt like we had come home three times. The strangers that housed us were enjoying the same Christ that we enjoy in our club meetings on campus. Now it made sense to him why I went to a Bible school with no intention of becoming a pastor. His excitement about seeing the church life for the first time really encouraged me and put a smile on my face. I couldn’t help but thank the Lord for all He’s been doing at WSU. Praise Him!