Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:56

Reconciled as One

Written by  Doug Davis, Messiah Church in Prattville
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Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed part of our country at its worse.  People in a country that was built on populations from around the world, coming together in this “melting pot” called America.  Our founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence said; “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” and our pledge to our nation is as “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!”  But what we have seen in the past few weeks is a division within the country over ideologies, race, creed and politics.  Yes, we have the right to speak our minds, but at the cost of our neighbor’s property and rights?  I think not.  Especially, if we are to align ourselves with the Christian Church.

 

As I watched the protests grow more and more violent and people shouting with such hate in their eyes and spewing from their mouths, I had to ask myself, “How many of those people would call themselves Christian?”  My guess is there would be many on either side that would say they were believers in Jesus Christ.  It is a shame they have missed the point of Jesus’ life and ministry and that is one of reconciliation, first with all humanity with God and then with each other.

 

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 says: For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.  Jesus was sent to reconcile the whole world, that is to redeem humankind from the eternal death that awaited us because of the sin in our life.  A debt we could not pay, because we could not fulfill the righteous requirements of the LAW – The Ten Commandments.  God in His grace, sent His one and only Son to live the LAW for us, then to die for us, and as such taking the punishment of the sin of the world upon him.  So that, now by faith in Jesus alone, we would be reconciled to God, grafted into the living Vine of Christ, adopted by God has His sons and daughters, no longer slaves to sin, death and the devil.  And this is for all who come to faith in Jesus; be you red or yellow, black or white, rich or poor, from every nation and every tribe, you are precious in the sight of God.

 

The Created has been reconciled to the Creator! Praise God!

 

Now, this reconciliation you have with our Creator is the same you share with everyone who is called a human being and more closely for those who share the same faith in Jesus Christ as you! The Apostle Paul opened his letter to the Galatian Christian in chapter 3 with this statement: “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?” Have we become like the Galatian Christian and allowed ourselves to be bewitched into thinking there is a difference in people who ought to be discriminated against?  Paul goes on in verses 25-29, “But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 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.”

 

God created only one race, the human race!  The only difference we should see in one another is one of having saving faith or not.  AND then our reaction should not be one of bigotry or violence, but one of showering them with the love of Jesus Christ and sharing the Gospel of Him who came to see and save the lost. Because one day this will be true…After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 9:9-10)

 

“For God so loved the world…”, now go and do likewise.

 

 

Pastor Doug Davis is the pastor of Messiah Church, located in Prattville.  Messiah’s vision and mission is guided by our Promise Statement: Messiah Church, being guided and directed by God’s Word, welcomes all with Christ-centered love, announcing God’s unconditional forgiveness and grace, and is prepared to provide timely compassion in your life.

 

 

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