April 28, 2015
“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
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June 25, 2013
“For in fact the body is not one member but many.” (1Corinthians 12:14)
The greatest Scripture in the New Testament about the way a church is to function is chapter 12 of First Corinthians. After the Apostle Paul uses the words diversity and oneness several times, he brings these two opposite concepts together in his inspired metaphor that the Church is to function as a body.
He writes that it is not either/or but both/and; that diversity should be celebrated rather than resolved. As the diverse members of the body of Christ come together to have a ministry there are let it happen people, make it happen people, don’t know what’s happening people, and don’t know anything is supposed to be happening people.
Let it happen people desperately need make it happen people. And the other two kinds of people obviously need these first two kinds of people. The truth is they all need each other to function as a team, a body and a Church. There are Mary and Martha kinds of people and they both need each other. Often, Marthas do not appreciate Marys because they think they are unorganized. But Marys need Marthas and Marthas need to realize that if it were not for the Marys there would not be anything to organize.
Are you fitting in with those kinds of people who have what you do not have and sharing with them what you have that they do not have?
When we experience unity while celebrating diversity we do not have uniformity but a supernatural community that is in reality the body of our risen and living Lord Jesus Christ.
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