The church, the body of Christ – true believers, can be perfectly united in mind and thought if they all believe and practice the system which Jesus Christ has ordained for them to follow.
The system which Jesus Christ has ordained for the unification of his church is simply this; “…Christ loved the church and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 4:25-27).
The plan which the Lord has for his church was foreordained before the foundation of the world. “For He chose us in Christ before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.’
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.’
“And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment – to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ” (Ephesians 1:4-10).
This plan of God for our unification through sanctification and cleansing is being effected in three ways:-
1. The water (flesh) has to be washed by the word. [Christ our Righteousness]
This denotes that, the word of God which is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, must convict the individual to bring about a change and transformation, so that the body may be presented as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is our spiritual act of worship.
Necessitating that we; “Live a life worthy of the calling which we have received, and be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love, and make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. For Christ himself bore our sins in his body [flesh] on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. And remember also that Christ our righteousness set us an example that we should follow his steps.
2. The sanctification of the body of Christ [Christ our Sanctification]
The sanctification, the holiness, or setting apart of the body of Christ is made possible by being obedient to the word of God which says; “You must observe my Sabbaths, this will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so that you may know that I am the Lord who (sanctifies) makes you holy. Observe the Sabbath because it is holy to you…” (Exodus 31:12-14).
It is through partaking of the body of Christ that one becomes holy, for it is written; “Then Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting. They shall eat those things with which the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them; but a stranger shall not eat them, because they are holy” (Exodus 29:33).
We also, in order to be holy must eat of those things with which the atonement was made; which is, the body and blood of Jesus Christ, to consecrate and sanctify us. Once we were alienated from God and were enemies in our minds because of our evil behavior; but now he has reconciled us by Christ’s physical body through death to present us holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” (Colossians 1:21-22).
3. The Cleansing of the Soul [Christ our Redemption]
There is no shadow of doubt that the blood is the one and only source of cleansing. For the life of every creature is in the blood, and God has given it to us to make atonement for ourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22).
The Sabbaths therefore, which honors Jesus Christ as “The Lord” states; “Observe my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary I am the Lord.” It states again; “Keep my Sabbaths holy, that they may be a sign between us, Then you will know that I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:30; 26:2; Ezekiel 20:20).
The Sabbaths were ordained to fulfill God’s eternal purpose for the unification of his church through four (4) specific ways (viz):.
1. To rest physically and spiritually in order to be refreshed.
For there remains a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s [spiritual] rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their examples of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:9-12).
Now the way God rested is stated quite categorically; “…By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made in holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done” (Genesis 2:2).
2. To have a holy convocation, and rejoice together before him
For thus says the Lord; “These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.” Again; “These are the Lords appointed feasts, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times” (Leviticus 23:2,4).
3. To offer to the Lord the Food for his Offerings
For thus says the Lord, “These are the feasts of the Lord which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day – besides the Sabbaths of the Lord, besides your gifts, besides all your vows, and besides all your free will offerings which you give to the Lord” (Leviticus 23:37-38).
The burnt offering represents Jesus Christ presently officiating as our High Priest; the grain offering is the unleavened bread representing the body of Christ; and the drink offering is the wine representing the blood of Christ; the means for our sanctification and cleansing.
4. Worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness
Righteousness has nothing in common with wickedness; light has no fellowship with darkness; There is no harmony between Christ and Belial; a believer has nothing in common with an unbeliever; the temple of God has no agreement with idols [those who idolized themselves].
Therefore; the admonition is; “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples; for great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place.’
“Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength, ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns” (1 Chronicles 16: 23-31).
What is so wrong with this system that every believer in Christ cannot implement, so that they can all be perfectly joined together in one mind and thought? The answer is clear, “WE know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one; and the great harlot who sits on many waters [nations], with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk (deceived) with the wine of her fornication.
More on this important subject can be found in the pages of my books:-
Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness from www.createspace.com/3450099
Why is the World in such Turmoil from https:// www.createspace.com/3688405
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