Body Of Christ
|13. Unity in the Body of Christ:
church is one body with many members, called from every nation, kindred,
tongue, and people. In Christ we are a new creation distinctions of race,
culture, learning, and nationality, and differences between high and low,
rich and poor, male and female, must not be divisive among us. We are all
equal in Christ, who by one Spirit has bonded us into one fellowship with
Him and with one another we are to serve and be served without partiality
or reservation. Through the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures
we share the same faith and hope, and reach out in one witness to all.
This unity has its source in the oneness of the triune God, who has adopted
us as His children.
(Rom. 12:4, 5 1 Cor. 12:12-14 Matt. 28:19, 20 Ps. 133:1 2 Cor. 5:16, 17 Acts 17:26, 27 Gal. 3:27, 29 Col. 3:10-15 Eph. 4:14-16 4:1-6 John 17:20-23.)
|[ROM 12:4-5]  For as we have many members in
one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many,
are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
[1 CO 12:12-14]  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.
[MAT 28:19-20]  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
~The Excellency of Brotherly Unity.
[2 CO 5:16-17]  Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away behold, all things are become new.
[ACT 17:26-27]  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us
[GAL 3:27-29]  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
[COL 3:10-15]  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body and be ye thankful.
[EPH 4:14-16]  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
~Unity of the Spirit
[JOH 17:20-23]  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word That they all may be one as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
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