The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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"Is Christ divided?" (I Cor.1:13) "Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by My Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it" (Matt.16:17-18).

When the apostle Paul was asking whether or not Christ was divided in today's 1st verse, he was alluding to Jesus' statement about the church in the 2nd verse...When Jesus was talking to Peter and his confession in the gospel of Matthew, He spoke of the church that was to come. I find the phrasing to be precise... "and on this rock I will build My church." Jesus is speaking of a singularity of purpose here. It certainly appears to me that he did not want the church to be divided up into many, many little factions. "For God id not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints" (I Cor.14:33). Jesus' prayers were about unity... He prayed that all who believe on Him may be one. "My prayer is not for them alone. I also pray for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, 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 have sent Me" (Jn.17:20-21). This prayer was not an act of showmanship... It was certainly not a hypocritical appeal to the grandstands, but a sincere desire that came from Jesus' heart...The person who says that Jesus is the author of many churches, sects, doctrines and divisions accuses the Savior of hypocrisy. Why? For if our Lord prayed for oneness, and then created a multiplicity of churches, he was guilty of the darkest and most gross sort of hypocrisy... Why one? Jesus said it... That the world may believe that You have sent me.... If unity promotes faith and peace, then it seems logical to me that division creates doubts leading to infidelity. Jesus said it.... My Church.... Paul reinforced it.... Is Christ Divided? We can all answer this ourselves...

Have a wonderful day... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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