“so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
Romans 12:5 ESV
The body of Christ is very important to God. It is made up of men and women who believe in the sacrifice of Jesus for their sins, and have received the eternal life that comes through that sacrifice. This body transcends cultures and territorial boundaries, and is united by the Savior- the head of the church. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14, Ephesians 1:22-23)
As members of the same body, certain attributes are expected of us. We will examine three shortly.
The first is oneness of mind. God will have us be united in mind. Imagine your left leg chooses to run, while the right leg prefers to walk, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to move. Until both legs are united in purpose, they cannot function appropriately. So it is with the body of Christ.
In Philippians 2:2 ESV, Apostle Paul enjoins us to “complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” There is strength in unity. If the church is to accomplish its God-given assignment, the members must be of one mind, earnestly focused on the end goal.
The second is oneness of faith. Ephesians 4:4-6 tells us that we are one, we have one faith and one God who works in and through us. This is a very powerful truth. We don’t just decide what to believe in. Our faith is planted on the sure word of God, and we ought to hold on steadfastly to it, and teach others as well(Ephesians 4:13-15).
The third attribute is love and honor for the brethren (Ephesians 4:1-3, 31-32). 1 John 4:10-11 tells us why.
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”(ESV)
Friends, God gave His life for His body and then raised us together with Him. We all are one with the Father. As such, we are mandated to live as one in unity of mind, faith and love for one another. This is God’s plan for His church.
Bible Reading Plan:
John 14:1-14, Revelation 1:1-8, Job 23, Hosea 1-3