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03/01/2010

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Oneness, Sameness, Agreement


"I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you be perfectly united" (1 Cor. 1:10).

If you have children, have they tried the old "ask mom then ask dad trick?" Did you try it yourself when you were young? There are a few variations on the old ploy, but all of them usually involve asking dad when mom has refused permission. If the request is involved something that might be controversial, united parents usually caught on and perhaps it led to a discussion. In today's verse, the apostle Paul is making his case for a united church. Now about what this means exactly might be up for conjecture, so he goes on. It seems as though there were quarrels within the church at Corinth. "What I mean by this: One of you says, 'I follow Paul'; another, 'I follow Apollos'; another, I follow Cephas'; still another, I follow Christ' " (V 12).

I believe that Paul was seeking a unity within the church both at Corinth and for us today. He used men who must have been very good teachers and began to set the bar for the Corinthians. Paul, Apollos and Cephas evidently had led many to the Lord and it seems that the Corinthians were finding divided loyalties based on their mentor. Paul was constrained to go farther..."Is Christ divided," he asked...Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul" (V 13). So complicated yet so simplistic. When we take on the cloak of Christianity, we belong only to Christ. He wants us to be united in this.

Jesus' words on this are quite clear as He prayed to His father in John 20. "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of you may be one, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. I in them and you in me. May they be bought into complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me" (20-23). To me, the message is crystal clear. Jesus wants the world to know that God sent Him, and through our unity in that belief, we are the ones that are to let them know. More on this unity tomorrow...

Have a great day...A few RAKs would be good....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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