Philippians 1:27-28 “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved–and that by God.”
The Scene: A strong solid wall, standing firm on its foundation–representing the Church with Jesus Christ as its foundation, standing in the unty of the faith.
Philippians 2:1-2 “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. “
Father God wants His Church on the same page, preaching, teaching, learning, understanding, the same Gospel of His Word for all.
1 Corinthians 1:10 ” 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 division among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
John 17:20-21 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” (Jesus praying for His disciples, just before He was arrested.)
Jesus knew the difficulty His Church would have, after He was gone, trying to stay united and of one mind–focused on the Gospel, as He had presented it to the people, who He was and why He came. We are called to read His Word as it was written. (See Father God’s warning: Revelation 21:18-20.)
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