“Is Christ divided?” (1 Corinthians 1:13)
In the great prayer our Lord prayed for His Church in the Gospel of John, Chapter 17, Jesus asked His Father five times that we all might be one. In light of this great prayer priority of our Lord, is it not evidence of the work of the evil one when we consider all the “sects and insects and isms and spasms” claiming to be His true Church today?
The risen, living Christ can be known by His followers. The authors of the New Testament identify authentic followers of Jesus when they refer to them as being “in Christ.” When the church in Corinth was hopelessly divided the Apostle Paul asked a very appropriate question: “Is Christ divided?”
If thinking people really track with the authors of the New Testament would they not think it strange if people who profess to be in Christ cannot agree on anything? There is, however, a supernatural oneness and agreement among people who are truly in Christ today.
Decades ago when African American believers petitioned white churches in the southern part of our country to integrate I discovered that it didn’t matter whether the people in my church were born in the northern or southern United States. What mattered in my congregation was whether or not they were born again. Christ does not feel more than one way about civil rights. Neither will we if we are born again and in Christ.
Paul concludes the second chapter of his first letter to the Corinthians by claiming that we have the mind of Christ. If we in fact do have the mind of Christ we will agree.
Dick Woodward, 25 April 2012