ONE NEW MAN
But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself ONE NEW MAN from the two, thus making peace and that He might reconcile them both to God in ONE BODY through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. Ephesians 2:13-16
With the advent of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, both Jew and Gentile have been separated by belief, tradition, doctrine and the commandments of men, but in these last days God will bring them back together as ONE NEW MAN!
There is much talk of unity among the brethren and how it will come to be in light of all the division in the body of Christ, being separated by doctrines, denominations and teachings, but I believe that just as God will unite the Jew and Gentile He will also unite us all in ONE BODY, set free from the captivity of religion and ritual. The apostle Paul told the church at Corinth that there should not be any divisions among them but for eons we have ignored his exhortations and have become splintered and divided into hundreds, maybe even thousands of factions.
In order for us all to become One we must look at the only model we have and replicate that which we have been shown through the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. I personally don't believe we can go into all the many churches, organizations, sects and denominations to try to unify them, I believe they will have to come out when they see the true body being fit together and unified in the power and anointing of the Spirit!
And He came and preached peace to you who were far off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by ONE SPIRIT to the Father. Ephesians 2:17,18
THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE
"I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world." John 17:14
Christianity began in unity, peace and power, free from the traditions of men and religion because Jesus was their only Lord. It started with twelve and multiplied into the thousands and continued in unity until man finally brought it back under the domination of the world.
Jesus stated that neither He nor His disciples were of the world being new creations, they became a supernatural race of followers, planted with the very seed of Heaven. If we take a hard look at what it means to follow Jesus and who did, we see they came out of whatever they were previously in and laid down their lives and beliefs for Him!
The disciples left their livelihood, the 120 followers who received the Holy Spirit came out of Judaism, Nicodemus came out at night to question Jesus as well as other religious leaders who sought to know who He was, and so on. In order to become a follower of Jesus one must give up his life, religion and belief system and make Him Lord over all! Disunity comes from being unequally yoked with other beliefs, religions and unbelievers, causing confusion and disbelief. It's Jesus plus nothing!
"That they all may be one, as You Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me." John 17:21
COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. II Corinthians 6:14-16
The true church of Jesus Christ has never been nor will it ever be a place to go, nor an organization, nor a denomination, nor will it ever carry any other label than followers of Christ! There is not a Baptist Jesus, nor a Catholic Jesus, nor a Methodist Jesus, all having to do with the teachings and traditions of man and although there are believers trapped in these sects and factions in order to be free they must come out and separate themselves from all unbelief!
We as followers and believers in Christ are in perfect unity and accord with one another as long as we are not polluted with tradition, doctrine and the teachings of men. We bear witness in the Spirit with one another that we are indeed ONE NEW MAN! True fellowship and communion are a sharing in the Lord and with one another and cannot be mixed with religion or doctrine. The apostle Paul warned the Galatians of being be-witched as well as the Corinthian church wanting to follow men and not Jesus.
The apostle also warned all of us not to defile communion by sacrificing to demons or drinking from the cup of demons, because we are one bread and one body with the Lord. Now, think about what you are involved in and why you attend or have joined up with whoever. Did you join because of friends, teachings, leaders, youth ministry or were you born into the fellowship like millions of others? Is Jesus your Lord or denomination, pastor, or just a comfortable church setting without commitment? You may be in danger of being deluded or deceived by whatever your heart has desired that will keep you in bondage, never having experienced the true fellowship of one body in Christ as ONE NEW MAN!
"Come out from among them and be separate says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.." "I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." II Corinthians 6:17,18
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin