One In Christ
We live in days which are not dissimilar to those described in the book of Judges, where “every man did that which was right in his own eyes”, (Judges 17:6). In a world which despises authority, where each has become his own authority, confusion reigns.
As in the world, so in the churches.
Despite much religion, many churches, and many who profess the name of Christ, we have to ask: where is the unity?
One says this, another says that, one does this, another does that. All believe they are right, yet none are agreed.
What characterises religion in our day is an almost total lack of unity. There are a thousand voices saying a thousand things. Attempts may be made, under the banner of ‘ecumenism’, to ignore the differences (and those teachings which highlight them), cover up the cracks, sweep the dust under the carpet, and unite under what is really little more than a pretence, a show, of unity, but the reality yet remains “every man [does] that which [is] right in his own eyes”.
Not so in Christ. In His church, His ecclesia, in the church which Christ builds, of which He is the Head, and in which He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, that church in which Christ is pre-eminent and His gospel is pre-eminent, what is manifested is a company gathered in unity in Him and in His gospel. It can be no other way – the gospel is that which God uses to save His people, to gather His people, to feed His people, to build His church, and to unite His church. Where the gospel is undermined, neglected, sidelined even, disunity will arise. Where the gospel is preached, unity will follow. Oh yes, everything will rage against it – the world, the flesh, the devil. Much will seek to assault it and divide it, but where Christ makes His gospel known, there He commands a blessing, and there He builds His church – “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
Is that where you are?
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”
By Ian Potts