7 Feb 2013
Being United as Children of God
by Pastor Ray Plummer
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For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. --Galatians 3:26.
From time to time people ask me what is the most important part of being church member. The answer is found in an attitude, or as Christ says "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35 NKJ) Paul elaborates on Christ’s comment by expressing what the visible result of an attitude of love will be, “till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ . . .” (Ephesians 4:13 NKJ)
Seldom do we find two persons who are exactly alike in this world. Even among twins and triplets there can be significant differences. Among human beings as well as among the things of the natural world, there is diversity. Unity in diversity among God's children - the manifestation of love and forbearance in spite of difference of disposition - this is the testimony that God sent His Son into the world to save sinners.
The unity that exists between Jesus Christ and His followers does not destroy the personality of either. In mind, in purpose, in character, they are one, but not in person. By partaking of the Spirit of God, conforming to the law of God, man becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ brings His disciples into a living union with Himself and with the Father. Through the working of the Holy Spirit upon the human mind, man is made
complete in Christ Jesus. Unity with Christ establishes a bond of unity with one another. This unity is the most convincing proof to the world of the majesty and virtue of Christ, and of His power to take away sin.
Those who are opposed To Christ and His Church stand a poor chance against believers who love one another as Christ has loved them, who refuse to create alienation and strife, who stand together, who are kind, courteous, and cannot be provoked. They cherish a faith that works by love and purifies the soul. There is only one way that we can possess such an attitude and that’s through the power of Christ’s transforming Holy Spirit.
In unity there is strength; in division there is weakness. The closer our union with Christ, the closer will be our union with one another.
Variance and disaffection, selfishness and conceit, are striving for supremacy in this world. These are the fruits of divided hearts and minds. When these traits are cherished we leave ourselves open to the suggestions of “the rulers of the darkness of this age,” and “the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Satan exults when he can sow seeds of dissension.
In unity there is a life and power that can be obtained in no other way.