When you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. For there are also be factions/cliques among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you. 1 Corinthians 11:18 &19
I look forward to the day with we as believers in Christ Jesus come into unity in our faith. It is going to happen, in fact it is the one thing left to happen before Jesus returns in the sky to get us. He said He is coming back for a glorious church without spot or wrinkle or any blemish. Holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:27) That certainly means we will be well prepared and living as a bride, put together and ready to be united with her groom. However, that is not quite what we look like today.
The church in Corinth had similar issues that we see within the body of our current day believers. Different denominations with different doctrines. Diverse beliefs with legalistic leaders that mandate behavior to solidify salvation. Like these divisions can actually separate us from one another? Not at all. No matter what rules or regulations are imposed and whose doctrine is being enforced, we still all agree that in order to be a Christian you must receive salvation through the Savior, Jesus. It doesn’t matter who is right or wrong when it comes to “predestination” or “once saved, always saved.” These issues only try to pull the beautiful bride apart. The most important thing is that you invite Jesus into your life and then surrender it over to Him to be baptized into His body of believers, the church.
In today’s reading, Paul talks about how we as believers come into agreement within that covenant that Jesus made with His Father in Heaven. We really had nothing to do with it, so why would we think that we can cling to certain dogma to get us into God’s Kingdom. It is all about the agreement and commitment God the Father made with His Son, Jesus. They sealed that covenant in blood, the blood of Jesus. Now it is available to all who will accept and receive eternal life through their covenant. Then Paul explains that this is why Jesus established the Lord’s supper, so we could remember that it is all about His love for us and has nothing to do with our different ideas of having the right theology.
Jesus set up symbols of His broken body and poured out blood so that we could not only come into agreement over these elements, but also remember that this redemption is all about His love and life given for ours. Jesus said that when you eat the bread and drink the cup you are agreeing over the sacrifice of His death for our salvation until He comes back for us.
Today I want to encourage you to turn your attention toward the things that we, as the body of Christ, agree on. Stop the divisions of trying to behave righteously and just let Jesus be our righteousness. He became sin, who knew no sin so that we could become His righteousness. (2 Corinthians 5:21) He did all the work, now let’s allow that work to bring us into agreement!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34