I think we don’t take God seriously
about unity in the Body of Christ
We divide ourselves into denominations
and separate from one another
We look down on this group
or that one over there
And we quarrel with our brothers and sisters
not taking seriously that God is about forgiveness
and about reconciliation
and unconditional love
We take advantage of His grace
and feel justified in our bitterness
Because if you only knew what they did….
When all along it has been us, too,
holding onto judgment
For in our minds
we are pointing out their sin
And we could all be put in a basket
a basket of people stained and broken
BUT that is not how God sees us!
His precious Son died so that we
could be reconciled to the Father
He bought us reconciliation!
Do you hear that word?
And that is what we ought to be about
with one another
After all, do you not know
that together we build
The Holy Temple of God?
Each one a brick
adding to the beautiful structure
Jesus, the Son of God,
is the Cornerstone of that temple!
It is important that we be together
Each having a place
Brick by brick
So, please, brothers and sisters
let’s not judge
and draw denominational lines
God has called us to love
so that others outside the building
Will know of our Savior
What barrier have you erected
that the cross already demolished?
– Susie Stewart
People are incorporated into [Jesus Christ], and when He is raised to new life, a new being comes into existence, one in which people are one with Christ and one with each other in Him. Grace not only connects us to God and Christ, it connects us to each other.
– Klyne Snodgrass
Jesus prayed: “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in Me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in Me, Father, and I am in You. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent Me.”
– John 17:20-21 (NLT)
Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself. We are carefully joined together in Him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through Him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by His Spirit.
– Ephesians 2:20-22 (NLT)
God’s purpose and Christ’s achievement is a single new humanity, a model of human community, a family of reconciled brothers and sisters who love their Father and love each other, the evident dwelling place of God by His Spirit. Only then will the world believe in Christ as Peacemaker. Only then will God receive the glory due His name.
– John Stott
And you are living stones that God is building into His spiritual temple. What’s more, you are His holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. As the Scriptures say,
“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem,
chosen for great honor,
and anyone who trusts in Him
will never be disgraced.”
Yes, you who trust Him recognize the honor God has given Him. But for those who reject Him,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.”
“He is the stone that makes people stumble,
the rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.
“Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”
– 1 Peter 2:4-10 (NLT)
Photo by Susie Stewart