Christian Unity / The Work of Faith / Perfect Peace from God

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. -Galatians 3:28

Christian Unity

Wouldn't it be great if we could tear down all the walls that divide us - racial, social, economic, and gender. Whatever was the birth, or rank, or nation, or color, or complexion, all under the gospel were on a level; all are saved in the same way; all are entitled to the same privileges. Race, status and gender do not provide any barriers to salvation. Differences remain, but they do not count within the body of Christ. There are no positions of superiority or inferiority at the foot of the cross, only a place for those who discover God's might displayed in sacrifice and God's love displayed even when under attack at the hands of human cruelty.

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God Is Impartial. Slaves and free where both called to relate to one another on the basis of God's attitude. We were admitted to the same privileges, and endowed with the same hopes of eternal life. There is no distinction of nationality regarding salvation, there is no distinction of slave and free, male and female. We are all one in Christ Jesus. While the forces of culture and human selfishness are always finding ways to divide us, we must remember that in Jesus, and only in Jesus, can we be one. All humans have equal access to salvation in Christ. We were justified by faith, and that we have been clothed with Christ.

 

 

Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: To believe in the one he has sent." -John 6:29

The Work of Faith

When the Jews were specifically asking for a work to perform, Jesus told them that if they are seeking to do a work, then do the works of faith by believing in Him. Jesus is picking up on their question about works and saying, in effect, "The only 'work' that you can do is not to work, but rather to believe in me, the one whom the Father has sent to provide salvation through my death and resurrection." So this was something that Jesus was encouraging them to do, and was speaking in the language of terms that they identified with. Seek Jesus by the right route: by faith, not by works.  Jesus is refocusing them on the kind of work that God now demands of them, which is merely the work of their ancestor Abraham.

When people ask: what should we do to carry out this work of God? Jesus answers that the great work of God asks us to "believe in the one sent by God". That is, to believe in Jesus! As we do so, the Holy Spirit will guide us into the foreordained paths of God's will so that He can do His works through us. It is believing rather than working. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever believing on Him is still the only work we are required to do.

 

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. -Isaiah 26:3

Perfect Peace from God

We live in a day of turmoil and unrest, and a day in which we see this truth coming to pass. Isaiah 26:3 is a verse of the Bible that tells us one of the benefits of trusting in God, and it explains an important piece of information about what it means to trust in God. In order for us to have peace, all we need to do is to focus our minds on God; it is as simple as that. Peace comes from God, and not our mind. Peace is the response of God to those who seek Him, for God's presence places all of our circumstances in a different perspective.

When we focus our minds on the Lord, then along with that focus comes trust in Him and in His power. If we trust in God, we believe our work stands or falls in his hands and that ultimately we will share in his victorious and glorious presence. God is in charge, perfectly in charge and we need not to worry or fear because all His works are, and will be forever perfect and we only need to trust and believe that. Renewing our minds with this reality causes trust, and that trust opens our hearts to peace. Even in the midst of sorrow, sickness, and sadness, we can have peace. Life lived to its fullest and richest, knowing that every moment of life matters and we don't need to be anxious about its results when we rest our life in the hands of the Lord.

 

 

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