WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2020
TOPIC: UNITY IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
TEXT: John 17:20-26
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” – (John 17:21)
The byword at the top of echelon of the mainstream Christendom today is “ecumenism”. Ecumenism is a derivative of the Greek work “oikoueme”, which denotes universality, in this case, of Christianity. The church today is desirous of unity in the body of Christ. Since the Reformation Schism of the 1500s and the later splintering of the Protestant Movement into different denominations, there exist today a new spirit of reconciliation, forgiveness and fellowship. The slogan of “ecumenism” is “service unites but doctrine divides.”
All denominations are expected to downplay biblical doctrines that divide them in the first instance. Consequently, a mishmash of watered-down Christian standards are foisted upon hapless souls. Jesus Christ as the Saviour is expected to be the unifying factor of ecumenism. According to the ecumenists, faith in Jesus supersedes all the doctrines of Christ.
In the valedictory priestly prayers of our Lord Jesus Christ for His burgeoning Church, He specifically prayed for the sanctification of each member. Genuine sanctification engenders unity. When each member of the church is born-again and sanctified (made holy), there emerges a homogenous existence amongst members of the Church. God and Christ are holy. The prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ was to subsume the Church into that holiness, such that there is a common characteristic in the whole.
Every Christian owes himself an abiding duty of being truly peculiar and unique, a single-minded model of Christ. Our Saviour was united with the father and the Spirit because He was absolutely faithful and obedient to the divine cause. True unity amongst believers thrive only when the heart is contrite and broken in righteousness.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
United in righteousness we stand; united in unrighteousness we fall.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: