Sunday, October 21, 2018

MUST READ: Our Unity in Christ

One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal. Henri Nouwen

It is of uttermost importance for the Christian community to understand unity amongst all the people that have believed in Christ Jesus as their Lord and savior. If we are to believe in John 3:16, we can't be decided by our backgrounds of race, culture or geographical setups. For in that scripture God so loved the world, meaning inclusion of all the races, cultures and geographical setups we are coming from and receiving them all into His one kingdom, the one kingdom of heaven. God's love is not racial or continental, it is universal. We are one in Christ Jesus and each other for the the building of His body. Therefore there has to be tolerance of each other amongst all the believers across the globe.

As brother Paul would say in Ephesians 4: 1-3 (Msg) In light of all this, here's what I want you to do. While I'm locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don't want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don't want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.
MUST READ: Our Unity in Christ

4-6 You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.

Mattie Stepanek says it this way: Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.

Let's have an overview of the epistle of The Apostle Paul to Philemon:

A slave, Onesimus, had run away from his master, Philemon, in Colosse or possibly Laodecia. Onesimus found his way to Paul in Rome, where he was converted and persuaded to go back to his master. Paul wrote thus letter to request his friend Philemon to receive Onesimus as a brother in Christ. Paul's associate, Tychicus, escorted Onesimus (Colossians 4:7-9) and delivered the letter to Philemon.

The general lesson of Philemon here is, that our unity in Christ must be more important to us than our earthly relationships.

Take heed, then, often to come together to give thanks to God, and show forth His praise. For when you assemble frequently in the same place, the powers of Satan are destroyed, and the destruction at which he aims is prevented by the unity of your faith. Ignatius of Antioch

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