all one in Christ

“…for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26-28 (ESV)

Continuing the theme of unity is this passage that talks of there being no distinction between Christians of differing backgrounds.

Thus, there is no reason to claim superiority based upon gender, or race, or heritage etc.

We’re all heirs of Christ. We’re all equal in God’s eyes.

For some people, perhaps many, this is hard to accept.

The self-righteous totally miss the point: that it’s through God’s grace, specifically the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, that we are saved.

Not through anything we may do “so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 6:2).

This is reassuring as it’s beyond our means anyway. Our efforts, no matter how well intentioned, are pitifully inadequate.

Thank God we can rely upon Him and His gracious goodness.

Kim+

prayer : thank you for the gift of faith

action : share this gift with others

one

“There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – 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 (ESV)

There is so much packed into these three verses that’s it’s hard to do them justice in a short daily quiet time.

Clearly the overriding message is unity – the one Paul speaks of – which he specifically mentioned in the preceding verse.

I find it a reassuring passage. A message that makes me feel included.

One that gives me nice, warm fuzzies. Like I’m wrapped up in the comforting embrace of “God the Father”: protecting me, comforting me, loving me.

Perhaps this is not the purpose of the passage.

The one “body” spoken of is no doubt the church: the company of fellow believers; our brothers and sisters in Christ.

And like a body, each of us fulfills different roles. This is something Paul deals with in greater detail towards the end of the chapter.

For now I’ll bask in the knowledge that I am in Him and He is in me.

Kim+

prayer : that I will act as if I am one with Him

action : seek to be more Christ-like each and every day

for there is one God

“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” 1 Timothy 2:5 (ESV)

I am reminded of the start to the Ten Commandments: “You shall have no other gods before me”. (Deuteronomy 5:7)

Yet living here in Japan, where the Shinto and Buddhist religions dominate, it’s sad to see so many putting their faith in gods that do not even exist.

They’re praying to gods who are unable to hear their prayers let alone answer them.

Silent gods. Empty gods. Man-made gods. Idols.

For there is only one way that we can connect to God: through “the man Christ Jesus”.

And, although He is the all-powerful creator of everything, He still listens attentively to our cries of anguish, weeping when we weep, and suffering when we suffer.

He understands our pain.

And whilst He doesn’t promise an immediate remedy, there is the ultimate promise of “no more death, mourning, crying, nor pain”. (Revelation 21:4)

Kim+

prayer : thank you Lord that you sent your Son to act as a mediator between us

action : pray for the people of Japan, that they would see the light