|“You can no longer view people “after the flesh.” All are of equal worth and significance in the economy of God, and you must view them through that lens. This does not come naturally. You must discipline yourself to treat people with the dignity and respect that is theirs by virtue of God’s imputation, the same way that God views you.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissension among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” 1 Corinthians 1:10
Unity and union are not the same. You can unite in marriage, and thus be in union with one another, and not have unity. Union is the enemy of unity, as easily seen in marriage. A man and woman meet, fall in love with one another, and talk of the possibility of marriage. During their courtship each seeks to please the other, delighting in each other’s idiosyncrasies. Once the marriage is consummated, things change. They now have a vested interest in how their spouse behaves. So in subtle ways they seek to change one another in hopes of making their spouse better, all at the expense of unity.
In His High Priestly prayer, our Lord prayed for unity, ”that they may be one, even as we are one.”307 There may be logical, compelling reasons to form a union, but Christ wants unity. People are attracted to union for the purpose of control and so that they have something to join. God demands unity for the purpose of harmony and as a witness to a watching world. Paul’s appeal to the Corinthians, in this section of his epistles, sought to dispel any impression that he was building his own organization or recruiting people to himself.
You are free to create an organization, for the Bible does not prohibit them. But remember: You are part of the Body of Jesus Christ and He cannot be divided. To not be in unity with your fellow believers is to do violence to His Person and thus provoke His anger.
307 John 17:11
Psalm 107-109 1 Corinthians 4 (New King James Version)
1 Corinthians 4
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