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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

There Is One Body and One Spirit

(John David Punch, Ph.D. is a guest researcher at the Research Unit for Theology with North-West University, South Africa and a pastor at the historic Park Street Church in Boston, MA.)

There is one body and one Spirit-- just as you were called to one hope when you were called-- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6). Despite these inspired words, we have done a very good job at dividing from one another. Schisms, scandals, denominational loyalties, church polity, etc. have created numerous avenues for separation. Still, in spite of our ability to divide, God unites by his Spirit. The words of Jesus still ring true – “I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:18).

One of the wonderful ways that our Lord appears to be continuing to build his church, bridging some of the gaps that divide us, is by the use of certain tools of our technologically-saturated age (i.e. Facebook, Skype, etc.); however, because such tools are only as good as the person or persons who use there, there is a call (“one call” anyone?) for New Testament scholars from all points of the globe and from all points of the divided church to utilize these tools for the benefit of Christ’s church.

Ours is a time where such boundaries might just be broken down, where East might meet West, where Catholic might meet Protestant, where Anabaptist might meet Reformed, where… (insert your own categories). But division is only broken down when there is room for dialogue and interaction. We now have more tools than ever and more access to one another’s work together. We also have “one Spirit” who can bring all of us back together in Jesus. So let us pray toward that end as we learn to utilize the tools given us and let us consider how to unite around “one Lord” in “one faith.” At least one can have this “one hope.”

2 comments:

  1. u talk about unity catholics and protestants.leviticus ch11,the kosher animals predict the new testament,the sheep have cloven feet,JESUS is kosher,chews the cud,eating BIBLE verses,regurgitating them chewing GODS BIBLE food verses over and over.goats let go outside the walls of jerusalem,JESUS killed outside jerusalem. as scapegoat.bulls cloven foot leviticus 23v15,16,17,18,pentecost,lamb bull sacrifice 50 days after passover.acts ch2 cloven tongues of fire,separated tongues of fire,cloven feet leviticus ch11.kosher animals predict speaking n cloven tongues,JESUS lamb goat sacrifice,camels,r unclean,muslims eat and sacrifice camels,rabbits unclean,the catholic easter bunny,it dont predict the ressurection.jesus murdered on preparation day,bfore passover,JESUS the bread of heaven buried on unleavened bread,JESUS ressurection jewish calender firstfruits,leviticus23 v4 passover v5,v6 unleavened bread,on jewish calender,v10 firstfruits the ressurection,1 corinthians,ch15 v20-23,v15,16,17,18,19,pentecost,feast of trumpets 1 thessalonians ch4v16,17,18,yom kippor,7 trumpets n revelation,we r changed twinkling of eyes last trumpet,1 cor 15 v52.yom kippor we r n heaven.tabernacles zechariah 14 v4 JESUS feet,satan locked up 1000 years,JESUS king,v16,17,18,we keep tabernacles,or no rain.christmass easter lent,all saints day,false theology from rome.we need jewish calender,not roman calender.u obviously dont know any of this.i will gladly teach you more details.you call me,209-3711768,im william yates.we dont dialog w catholics muslims buddhists,we give them the BIBLE,we dialogue w BIBLE people.deuteronomy ch4v17,no images of fish,google images icythus w prayers to maria,,,icythus is catholic,not jewish christian,roman priests say prayers to maria in icythus,catholic apologetic,deuteronomy ch4:17,no icythus.ill gladly help you out,im a jewish christian,the first christian church,jude v3,,,,galations ch1v6,7,8,9

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    1. if you continue telling people,to dialogue w catholics,your antichrist.i been to 8 bible colleges,different denominations,and judaism studies,i will not dialogue w you,cause your telling folks,to dialogue w cults,liar evil catholics,like you,or your a catholic sympathizer.you promote the roman rape cult.your evil.no dialogue w you.you wanna b taught,2093711768 william

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