“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 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 neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Galatians 3:26-29 NKJV
One world religion
As our world is being tumbled and tossed, flooded and burned, many people are looking, with great fear, to the coming of the one world religion. The outspoken fearful point at all the signs, at all the events taking place, and are shaken.
In the fear, we forget that those who have been saved by the blood of the Lamb are already in a one world religion. Christianity is not relegated to a given country, territory, race, or any other demarcations constructed by man. It is portable and defies culture. It is as relevant here in my living room here in middle America as it is in China, India, the continent of Africa and everywhere else.
“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.”
I Corinthians 12:12-14 NKJV
We are a one world religion, and we are one body. In our own bodies, a mere reflection of our great body, the church, we rely on our various parts to work together to maintain our health, and move about. When one part of the body is now well, the rest of us is affected. A sore toe, though small, can cripple the greatest athlete.
Because of this, we show concern for every part of our bodies, small and great.
When we think of the body of Christ, we tend to limit our view to the local church, our own body of believers. In reality, the body of Christ is immense, spread around the globe. I remember visiting Haiti many years ago, and entering a church service in session. My heart was warmed by hearing the melody of a familiar hymn in Haitian Creole, a language I could not understand.
Like we have concern for our own bodies, whether they be the one containing our person, or the body in which we assemble, we must also be aware of the global body.
Right now, in many places on this troubled planet, there are followers of Christ who face peril. The most perilous at this time, are those who are living in the path of the Taliban, as it mows through Afghanistan.
As I write this, I sit in peace, reading my bible, listening to worship music, with a stack of bibles near. It is easy to look upon my current situation and think all is well. But I must be concerned about those who have the same salvation as me and pray for them.
We can also give. Whenever I have the chance, I send what I can to ministries around the world that offer aid to Christians in underdeveloped nations. This may be food support, bibles, or aid for missionaries seeking to reach the lost. Paul urged the saints to give to those in need.
“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem.”
I Corinthians 16:1-3 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, there is great blessing in considering all parts of the body. Here in America, there is great division, as races, and politics have separated citizen from citizen, and even threatens to sever the body of Christ limb from limb.
Let us remember that we are one body.
Let us also go and tell of Jesus, the One who came to unify, to make us one. We are all sinners, and all the ills of our society can be traced to that fact. It is salvation in Christ that can change the nation, as each person is changed. In our shared salvation, we find common ground.
There is coming a day when there will be a one world religion, and it will stand for the ages, as Father and the Son reign forever, and the Holy Spirit moves through the nations.
““And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”
Joel 2:28-29 NKJV
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