In my last post I briefly wrote of the foundations of belief. In Romans Paul writes of these common threads and how these are what binds us. At the risk of repeating myself these threads are what binds the body of Christ together regardless of denomination or culture. They are the work of God as opposed to the works of people.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. Rom 5:8-11, NKJV
God, through Christ, without any requirement on His behalf freely gave Himself to meet the demands of the law. He did what we can’t. This isn’t theology or anointing or anything we bring, it’s all Him.
‘For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. ‘ Romans 5:6
Through this we:
- have been justified completely. We are without blemish before the only one who could condemn us.
- are reconciled with God. We are connected to one who should have nothing to do with us. Christ death has provided all of us with love and unity with the pure and holy one.
- have joy. Because of these truths our lives contain hope and joy.
Regardless of culture, denomination or background these truths unite us. They are celebratory. Together we can, and should clasp hold of these ignore what divides.
The work of Christ is our common unity. Our anthem and song.
The Church’s one foundationThe Churches One Foundation, Hymnal.net
Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is His new creation
By water and the Word:
From heav’n He came and sought her
To be His holy Bride;
With His own blood He bought her,
And for her life He died.
Elect from every nation,
Yet one o’er all the earth,
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.