It is impossible to overstate the importance of the Church in the eternal plan of God.
John MacArthur in Don Kistler, ed., Onward Christian Soldiers, p. 4
Joy is the divine benefit of the Christian’s standing in Christ, one of the ‘spiritual blessing(s) in the heavenly places in Christ.’ (Eph. 1.3).
John MacArthur, 1 & 2 Thessalonians (Chicago: Moody Press, 2002), 25.