One Accord, One Church, One Christ
Unity in Christ, a togetherness of otherness. Let us transform unto Him and share in His sonship.
“All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.”
This is the type of Love, Christ wishes us to share among our brothers and sisters.
From the days of the early Church we have had many churches through many regions of many cultures that were all One Church of One accord.
When the Churches of the Corinthians,Galatians, Philippians, and so forth fell out of step, Paul lovingly exhorted and corrected them in Truth in the Love that he shared with them as family in Christ Jesus.
Today we have Catholics and Coptics in Egypt. We have Baptists and Methodists in Texas. And so on and so forth.
I desire to encourage you all that this multitude is not of division, but of the vastness and power of God whom is able to maintain sovereignty over so many different kinds of people in so many different kinds of lands to One Gospel in One Christ and reach in with His mighty hand and transform each of these many highly varied and different communities all into One accord.
Those living in certain cultures and communities in China for instance, aren’t able to practice certain aspects of religion in the same way that one can in California for instance. Does this mean that the brother in one area is lesser than the brother in another place? Or that the foot is greater than the leg? Certainly not! All are needed and gifted by the Spirit according to the need to take part in making His Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven, to take part in fulfilling not our own, but His Glory.
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” So count oneself as the worst sinner and our brother or sister as the greater, not in jealousy, but in a purity to outdo each other in goodness. For in goodness there is no rivalry, but peace and sound mind.
Therefore, brothers and sisters of all denominations, His One universal Church, who are all in His image, let us not quarrel holding knowledge and power over each other as the unbelievers do. For the devil loves to see His image corrupted, and this keeps us apart from our duty of loving thy neighbour, and visiting the orphans and widows in their affliction. So let us instead focus on what unites us, so that we can steadfastly continue the mission we are on this Earth to accomplish.
Let us be known for the Love that we have for one another, and despite disagreements, submit to each other in reverence for Christ. So “That together we may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”