BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SUNDAY JUNE 16, 2019
John 17:11 "And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are."
In Christianity, there is oneness of the church of Christ of all denominations, as you see oneness of the human race of all tribes from the same source.
The church of Christ is called by various denominational names to differentiate one from another, but as the differences in human race mean nothing because we are all the offspring of Adam, likewise the different names of our churches mean nothing for we all are purchased and saved by Jesus Christ.
The church originated from Jesus as the human race originated from Adam.
The first man was called Adam, and the second Man, Jesus Christ.
In the first man there is tribal unity if God gives you that understanding, and in the second Man Jesus Christ, there is spiritual unity. The body of Christ is one.
I am emphasizing this because many churches are straying from the way of God because of denominationalism. They are using church names to segregate themselves.
They are saying, “I will not listen to preaching from this person, I will not allow somebody from that church to come and preach in my church. Jesus don't send anybody outside our church.”
You are only destroying yourself. You don't have understanding that the church of Christ is one.
In today's devotional bible reading, Paul explains that the church, despite the various denominations, has sameness and the sameness are seven: one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism,one God.
The church has seven sameness, seven oneness and the letter seven is the perfect number. We are perfectly one.
Why? It is one body, it has one Spirit, the Holy Spirit, yes we have one hope. Our hope is Heaven. We have one Lord, Jesus Christ. We have one faith, the Holy Bible. We have one baptism.
This is not water baptism because the Bible says “as many as have been baptized into the body of Christ have put on Christ,” which is talking about the born again experience through the transformation received when one is immersed into Christ by the Holy Spirit.
Thought for The Day:
The one who made us one is able to keep us together
Song for The Day:
We are gathering together unto Thee (2×) Unto the Lord shall the gathering...
Bible Reading for The Day:
Nehemiah 1-3; Acts 2:1-13
PASTOR PAUL RIKA