Continuing My Thoughts on the Visible/Invisible Church
March 2, 2010 § Leave a comment
1 John 2:19, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.”
Notice that in this verse John is describing a corporate group of people. A corporate entity he clearly expects his readers to recognize and ro consider themselves members. I argue that this group of people, therefore, would be visible and known to all. Also notice that the ones spoken of as having left this visible known group of people were hidden for a time, or invisible as it were until it became clear who they were after being seperated from the group. Again this seems to me to flip the visible/invisible distinction over on its head from the way its commonly conceived.
Blessings in Christ,
Terry W. West