How do you see and relate to other believers, especially those of a different denomination or theological persuasion? As long as they are true believers in Christ, they are first and foremost your brother and sister and you share “one body.” Jesus saved them and He equates your treatment of His children to your treatment of Him.
So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
In a world of racial injustice and ethnic hatred, the church is to shine forth God’s powerful answer to these moral inequalities. Unfortunately, the world doesn’t seek the answer with God, the Maker of all races and ethnic groups. Furthermore, the church doesn’t always portray God’s answer as it should.
Jesus’ death on the cross secured a unified body of believers that includes all races and ethnicities. Paul wrote to the Galatians: “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither salve nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:26-28).
Obviously, Jesus didn’t obliterate these distinctions—there are still males and females. However, He united everyone in such a way that there’s no ethnic, social, or gender preeminence in salvation. We’re “one body in Christ.” No one can claim an inherent right or privilege when it comes to salvation. We’re all on equal ground—sinners saved by His grace. The great testimony of the church is racial and ethnic harmony amidst hatred and enmity.
We need to deeply realize that we’re “individually members one of another,” pursuing unity and peace: “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the body of peace” (Eph. 4:1-3).
Paul then goes on to write: “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:4-6). Since there’s no salvation apart from being “in Christ,” we’re to fully recognize that all believers form one body in Him—a God ordained and God-established unity.
While all believers will fully live in harmony in glory, let’s also pursue that on earth, for Christ’s sake: “And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth’” (Rev. 5:9-10).
The Devotional Writer
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