My wife asked me what last year was in a rhetorical way, “Wasn’t this year the ‘Year of Restoration?” I agreed and after a small conversation of the events of lives, we knew that the Lord had has His Way in our lives and our love ones as well.
Because of my Calling, Evangelist, I have found my heart being turned more and more towards the final destination of the Saved and the Unsaved. And as of late my concern is for the Church. I have had several conversations with God-fearing Christians that have shown the proof of scriptures namely Jude 4, “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to the condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” King James Version. There are many blossoming reasons for this, but the budded reason is the same as it has always been; to take the Cross of Christ and make it of no effect towards the Salvation and Edification of mankind.
The letter to the church in Corinth from the Apostle Paul was calling for unity but not just to them also to us, 1 Corinthians 1: 2, “…to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be Saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord…”. If you fit any of these descriptions of Salvation then the Holy Spirit through Paul is talking to you as well as me.
Now that we have been awakened to 1 Corinthians it has something in it for us. What is this letter telling us? Let’s look at verse ten which is where we are encouraged to have unity, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no division among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” This is a call from the Holy Spirit that dwells in the Redeemed of the Lord to be ONE. Brothers and Sisters, there are too many different little ministries in the Body saying that they have the way to Salvation, the truth from the LORD God, and the key to a prosperous life. But I ask the question: How is that possible when the Lord Jesus said in John 14: 6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”? Meaning that God one into His Presence that is through Christ and Him alone, why are we trying to teach and preach another Jesus?
Is Christ divided? Is there a different Jesus for the various denominations we have broking ourselves up into? Before I go into the how we are divided, let’s see how we are to be united. The Apostle Paul penned these words under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God, 1 Cor. 1: 17, “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.”
Brothers and Sisters, this is not a hard concept to grasp; the Cross of Christ has Power. In several conversation with other Christians, they have tried to say that the cross of Christ in not that effective and we have to add some kind of work or keep the Law in conjunction with Christ’s Finished Work of the Cross. When the Lord Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, Mark 14: 32- 42, His prayer was if there is any other way let this cup be removed. The cup was the Cross which paid for our liberty, salvation, redemption, and gives us access to the Throne and Presence of God.
So armed with this knowledge; there is Power in the Cross of Christ, what does this mean for us? Well to make a long story short, we have to have our faith firmly planted to the Atoning Work of Christ. If you are having problems understanding this simple truth than you might not understand Romans 6, 7, and 8. Don’t be discouraged, I am still learning how to work by faith and not by sight. See, we can see our work and our law keeping, these activities restrict the move of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
The Call for Unity is so loud in my heart that it hurts. Not physical pain but a spiritually one. What hurts is that there are going to be Christians in hell knowing that they have served in error but here they believe that they are on the Path of Salvation. I’m sure who said it but it is a true statement, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Think about it like this: The LORD God is the only One that knows where He lives. So wouldn’t stand to reason that we take the directions that He left for us in the form of the Lord Jesus.
Here is what I have found; if it makes sense then it probably isn’t of God. Verse eight-teen proves this point, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; …” See the enemy knows that in the mind of the modern man a dead Jew hanging on a cross makes no sense in regards to gaining righteousness. But if we can do something towards gaining that righteousness, now that makes sense. God preached the gospel to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3: 15 and showed them how the Redeemer would save us in Genesis 3: 21. Now if we glue these two scriptures together with four thousand years of Leviticus’ System of worship we make a bee-line straight for the Cross of Calvary on the bloody back of the Lord Jesus.
I wish that we all would speak the same thing. Some have said that there needs to be diversity in the Body of Christ. Isn’t there enough diversity in the world? If we are supposed to be in the process of being made in the image of Christ through the Workings of the Holy Spirit then why are there so many different paths? Well that is the easiest question with an even easier answer; so we wouldn’t in eternity with the LORD.
Living a life under Grace sounds easy but it’s not. Faith in Christ crucified is hard because it calls for us to wait on the Lord. Not the cliché but a lifestyle of waiting on the Lord to provide the means for the course of our lives. And this is found only in God’s Will. This is where the Unity comes in. Meaning, this is the end of the enemy Dividing the Body of Christ and Conquering us one denomination at the time. The division that exist in the Church weights down the praise and the worship of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Perfectly joined together in the same mind and same judgment is the goal for all Believers and all this is to be done, only, in Christ Jesus our Lord. I don’t have the authority to declare a year but I do the authority to beseech my family to become unified in the Lord Jesus, only because this is the true heart of the Believers of the Lord Jesus Christ, John 10: 30.