New Flash! The world that we live in is a fallen world and it all began with Adam’s disobedience to God’s word in the Garden of Eden. What we’re seeing today in the world around us is Adam’s sin and its rippled effect on all humanity. It’s like taking a stone and throwing it on a perfectly stilled lake. What happens? It causes a ripple effect that can be seen (e.g. Cain as he murdered his brother Abel in cold blood; in man’s open rebellion against God as he seeks to build monuments and worship the works of his own hands instead of giving glory to God. It can also be seen through the eyes of God as He perceives that the thoughts of mans heart are evil continually.)
Adam’s sin in the garden ultimately resulted in separation from God, segregation of people groups and sure sentence of death.
Jesus prayer in the garden to the Father was to make us one with both Him and with the Father.
Why? Two reasons: John 17:20-23
- Verse 21… that the world may believe that You sent Me [Jesus].
- Verse 23…that the world may know that You have sent Me [Jesus], and have loved them as You have loved Me.
5 times between verses 21-23 Jesus prays that we would be One.
Jesus bled, suffered and died on a cross so that we the Church could be One with Him and with the Father and we must not allow this world to cause division among us. If anything the world needs to see true biblical believers, the Universal Church of Jesus more united as One now more than ever before—that the world may know God sent Jesus.
We have been born-again and Philippians 3:20 tells us that our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,…If our citizenship is in heaven? What shall we do as we eagerly wait for our Savior?
- Should we standby and close our eyes to injustice around us?
- Should we condone rebellion against God and/or government?
- Should we stop-up our ears from hearing the cries of the millions of babies that have been murdered in the name of convenience?
Certainly not. We are called to take a stand for the truth of God’s word concerning these things. But we are to do that in Unity of the Spirit.
Paul encouraged the church to walk in unity
4 I, therefore, the prisoner [a]of the Lord, [b]beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in [c]you all.
Saints, don’t let the world divide us. Christ died for us to make us One. Let us continue to love one another and make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Assistant Pastor Marlowe