Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Unity: One Mind

“I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.” 1 Corinthians 1:10

“Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11

“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:32

The first two texts are appeals, the first in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. An appeal is a very strong request just short of being a command.

1. agree with one another
2. so that there be no divisions among you
3. so that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.

Aim for perfection and

1. be of one mind
2. live in peace

This third text is an example of being in one heart and one mind.

Apparently, this oneness in heart, mind, and thought is not only a possibility, but is a requirement. It was in effect in brand new Christians. This is not something we grow into; it is something we start with that causes us to grow to maturity.

We have had hundreds of years of practice where “maturity” gets more divisions, not fewer.

This is sin. Obedience cannot happen until sin is confessed and forgiven.

(Taken from Day & Night: Unity, 2008)

No comments: