I’m reading G.K. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man where he describes the church as “a thing … still as new as it is old.”
Can you imagine something just as new now as it was when first established 2000 years ago? But I think Chesterton’s right. That’s the way of the church. This is the Bride of Christ we are talking about, a bride he has prepared yet is still preparing for the wedding to come.
I’ve been to weddings. I’ve been to weddings where both the bride and groom are in their teens, and I’ve conducted weddings where both are well into middle age. Never have I seen a bride who didn’t look new, though. Every single one – new, new, new.
The church may be 2000 years old but this bride is just as new now as when first-born.
The church is a thing still as new as it is old.