Philippians 2:1-3 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. If you like what you're reading, you can get free daily updates through the. The church must recognize, appreciate, and confess this fundamental unity of the covenant people of God, the body of Christ; which is a God-given creation and not a human achievement. Say a simple prayer and mean it — ask Him, if He is who He claims to be, to come into your lifeand make you the person you were meant to be. Under the heading Context above we discussed the placement of 2:19-30 in the letter and why it is that Timothy precedes Epaphroditus in the discussion. And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, 1 John Ch. The Universalism of the Apostolic Church The church of the apostolic days embraces all nations, and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues. The unity of the church is organic in character. And since the Son is in the Father and the Father in the Son by the unity and power of the Spirit, the Son of God is the mind and Word of the Father. Verse 22 seems to bear this out. God's method of conveying this revelation includes the diversity of time, culture, authors, literary genre, and the theological themes that address the special needs in the progress of that revelation.
There are obviously numerous denominations and even many differences even within denominations. There is no compromise when the gospel of Jesus Christ is opposed. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven. Related Topics: , , ,. The same principle applies when evaluating diverse material in the Bible. Hendriksen, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, 142.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Unity is a Product It is the result of all that Paul has been saying in chapters 1-3. Therefore, he commends Timothy highly in 2:20-22 and explains that the latter has a genuine concern for their welfare. Anyone who has ever worked with others in ministry knows that they would give their right hand or perhaps both for a person with proven character. There are no longer the distinctions of man. David Wilkerson is my favorite preacher.
So ultimately there is the most concentrated unity of government in the church of Christ. . Acts 4:32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. When Peter engages his own sinfulness, it seems that he does so in Isaianic imagery cf. If this were the case, then two principles suggest themselves for our application: First, we must be careful in forming our opinions about the Christian service of others until all the facts are known. What exists in the text is, by our own evangelical presupposition, what God intended for us to have and it is inerrant. Beyond desire, though, should be a plan to foster unity in the local body.
Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God. You cannot lead your church to be unified if there are broken relationships in your own life. The church must not tolerate the presence of evil in its midst. Christianity is the sole avenue to God in this concluding dispensation of human history. One mark of a true believer is his love for other believers especially when there might be disagreements in non-essential matters. The differences that exist often manifest the diversity which the church of Christ ought to exemplify and make for the enrichment of the church's total witness. Here are a few examples again — there are many more! Let us reflect upon each of these matters briefly.
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is extremely difficult to act with agape towards those we do not particularly like—who may, in fact, be somewhat repulsive. But he was confident in the Lord that he too would come soon. Further, the apostle is not saying that he will not send Timothy, but only that now is not the right time 2:23. The team members must have competence The people participating in the team must be appropriate. Teamwork happens when a group of individual people are brought together to achieve a common purpose or goal. As we take account of the diversity that exists between denominations arising from differences of ethnic identity, cultural background, and historical circumstance the most conclusive evidence derived from Scripture is required to support the position that the obliteration of denominational separateness is an obligation resting upon these Churches of Christ.
The ultimate goal is Christ-likeness, or spiritual maturity according to the standard of Christ. True, when a person believes in Christ, he is joined into union with Christ by Spirit baptism and becomes a member of the body, but by the regenerative power of the Holy Spirit, he is not merely and add on. Baker, Two Testaments, One Bible; J. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Thus by what seems His utter poverty and weakness on the cross He overturns the pomp and parade of idols, and quietly and hiddenly wins over the mockers and unbelievers to recognize Him as God. What if churches were actually operating in unity? Such consistency is even more impressive in light of the varied and contradictory opinions held by many today in the religious world about the subject.