Sunday, 17 March 2019
Recently I was in Greece spending quiet time with the Lord and quality time with other leaders from Israel. As the bus passed by the city of Corinth, I immediately thought about the congregation of Corinth and what Paul had written to them. There are many chapters written to the Corinthian church; it appears more than to any other church.When Paul first wrote to them in 1 Corinthians 1:4-7, he referred to how we are rich in every area; in what we speak, in knowledge and spiritual gifts given us by the grace of God through our savior Yeshua.
In Jeremiah 9:22-23 the prophet speaks about what God has to say about mankind. "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor
let the rich man glory in his riches;" He goes on in verse 24 to say; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me,That I am the Lord, exercising loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
It looks like mankind, when leading our lives here on earth has a tendency to boast and that's what happened in Corinth. They were boasting in their Rabbi's (teachers) name when they said I belong to this or that teacher. Paul referred to this behavior and attitude asking in 1 Corinthians 1:13, in whose name have you been baptized? We all belong to Yeshua, He is our Rabbi, our Messiah and we are baptized into Him and in His name.
Looking at the congregations and churches today we see many theological views coming from many different denominations. As a result we see people claiming that they belong to this denomination or that fellowship and follow this theology or that teaching.
Instead, each of us should see himself in Yeshua then we can stand in unity and love. Yeshua's bride should be one!!! Yes there are different ways of expressing faith, like the colors of the rainbow. However, we are called to be one and this onenes is only found in Yeshua. We should be reflecting His Grace making His Grace available to those around us through our lives.
Like Yeshua, our desire and prayer is that we, His body, will be one, focused on Him and not on the differences.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is, For brethren to dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1
This is taken from the Harvest of Asher Facebook page.