It is HIS body; we can trust HIM!
June 06, 2020: SOAP #3838: Ecclesiastes 1-3; Psalm 45: Ephesians 2
Scripture: Ephesians (NIV) 2:15 His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow-citizens with God's people and members of God's household,
Observation: There was a great division in the first-century church. Gentiles (non-Jewish) people were being saved and filled with the Holy Spirit just like the first believers, who were all Jewish. But these new believers were not conforming themselves to the Jewish law. Was one required to become Jewish to be a Christian? That was the BIG question.
The Great Reconciler went to those under the law and brought them into a proper relationship with Father God by the blood He shed on Calvary. AND that same Great Reconciler went to those not following the law and brought them into a proper relationship with Father God by that same blood! Both being reconciled to the Father made them members of the same household.
Application: The Jew and Gentile issue was not the last division that the church experienced. Groups of churches and individual churches have all experienced factions.
I must remember that those seeing things differently than myself have access to the same Heavenly Father through the same Holy Spirit as I do. I must remember that we are fellow-citizens and members not of my household, nor of their household, but of GOD's household. If a decision is made that disagrees with mine, and if God disagrees also, He is big enough and wise enough to get it changed. It is HIS body; I trust Him.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I trust you. Help me live in YOUR peace. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!