(NASB) For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is making everyone keep a distance & even church members are not assembling together, for a time of worship & praise of the Lord they love. Most brothers & sisters of the Lord, are joining together by some internet or conference call program. Of course we can sing hymns & ask for prayer requests & hear a sermon preached. But we can’t feel each other’s warm spirits, say Happy Sabbath or give each other a simple hug.The writer in 1 Corinthian 5:3-4, is away from the church he loves, because he is currently locked up & serving time for spreading the gospel of Christ. If he wasn’t locked up he would be obeying the call for believers to assembly together & worship;
Like the apostle Paul, I love the Lord’s church & worshipping together with brothers & sisters in Christ & watching their children, also singing & giving praises is awesome. I could never lay in bed & hope to get an extra hour of shut eye or being a bedside baptist is not as relaxing as resting in a great assembly with the Lord . But Paul was telling he followed Church brothers & sisters in Christ, while they had a Church Sabbath service, he was with them. While Paul was locked, he worshipped in Spirit with his church family from many miles away. He kneel down, closed his eyes & lifted up his prayers for his beloved church family & joined them in to give thanks to God the Father of life,mercy & salvation. My thoughts & prayers are with church families & with many of God’s children in many churches all over the world, who want to assemble together & give praise & worship, to the Lord our God. But the coronavirus won’t stop the children of God, from worshiping Him. God bless you all, the Lord Jesus loves you & so to I. May the Lord keep you safe, I’m talking to you, the Bride of Christ, His church. Let us all keep each other in our thoughts & spirits. Keep in touch with your brothers & sisters in Christ.
Love ya, Sam H.