Cooperation: Should We All Get Along? (Part 2)

Unity-in-the-Body_T_NVPart 1 is here. Now, I will wrap up by pointing out three ways where all true Christians can and should get along.

First, we are united in truth. The fellowship of the saints is not based on some type of sentimental feeling or on what the world would describe as doing good deeds. Our fellowship, that thing which initially and most substantially unites us, is the truth about Jesus Christ, not just believing it is true, but having trusting in Jesus and having His Spirit live within us. This is the foundation of our unity, the truth about Jesus, which we have believed, and His Spirit living within us, who is in the process of transforming us into the image of Christ. 

There are many superficial things which divide us, man-made things which have no eternal significance. But the foundational thing which unites all Christians, regardless of their age, race, color, language, or social standing is that we all believe the same truth about Jesus; the truth revealed to us in the pages of Scripture, that He is the preexistent immortal God incarnate, born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, died a vicarious death, rose from the dead, and is coming again to judge the living and the dead. He is the one and only Savior of the world and there is no salvation except through His blood.

Second, we are united in the love of Jesus. There are numerous passages throughout the Scriptures, which command us to love one another, not merely in word, but in deed. We are to love one another reverently and with a pure heart (having the right emotions and right motives): “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God” (1 Pet. 1:22-23). 

When we hold the same truth, then we are all bound to the same commandment Jesus gave us in John 13:34-35 where He says: “I give you a new commandment: love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this will all people know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

This love is not only a commandment Jesus has given us; it is the essential identifying mark of an authentic believer. The person who does not have this love for his brother is not a true Christian: “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister” (1 Jn. 3:10). If we are really and truly in love with Jesus, that love will inevitably flow over into our relationships with one another. We will love one another and it will be evident to those around us.

Third, we are united in the work of Jesus. 1 Corinthians 3:9 tells us that we are God’s co-laborers. We are to join together to further the Kingdom of God. Cooperation in God’s kingdom is working with people who share our faith, our values, and our worldview.

What do your relationships look like? Who are you close to and how are they influencing you? Are they drawing you closer to Jesus or pulling you further away? Are they encouraging you in the work of the Kingdom or pulling you towards the things of this world?

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About Pastor Joe Quatrone, Jr.

Pastor Joe has been serving in Christian ministry for 15 years. He desires to nurture and disciple believers, helping them experience a deeper level of commitment and faith in the Lord. He is the author of "Back to the Basics: A Guide for Christian Living." Through a commitment to servant leadership, he proclaims relevant Bible truth, equips the saints for effective ministry, and builds up the body of Christ. Married eleven years, Pastor Joe and his wife live in New Jersey and have two children.
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48 Responses to Cooperation: Should We All Get Along? (Part 2)

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  3. Yoshiko says:

    =_=’ good question

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  4. Truth2Freedom says:

    Reblogged this on Truth2Freedom's Blog.

  5. Especially liked your outlining of three areas of unification, truth, love, work, all in FAITH.
    Anthony/Oneagleswings

  6. Thank you Pastor for sharing the word. It is so needed in times like this to remember we are all united by the truth, love and works as the children of God.

  7. A very good focus in your message Pastor Joe, without Love there is no Trust and without Trust there is no Love but what is Love, as you shared it is not a Saccharine sweet feeling that leaves a bitter aftertaste like empty fleshy words but is shown in our actions and yes they may include correction or rebuke or as you said not fellowshiping with those who reject correction.
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    Very True…… For you have been Born Again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God” (1 Pet1:22-23).
    .
    I received an e-mail about Love years ago and have posted it a few times, when looking for the link I was surprised to see I had linked it to one of your messages Pastor Joe, it was last year but it is one you have deleted, so I have now updated it and linked it to another one of your recent messages about Love.
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    Love – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/what-love-is-all-about-all-the-time/
    .
    Christian Love – Anne

    • I don’t why this imp-poser reminds me of someone…oh well, I’m sure it will come to me eventually (very noteable similarities).
      Loveallgroupie says:
      July 29, 2014 at 6:14 am
      I’m so glad I found you again Anthony, I could not eat thinking I would never see you again even though I have your picture all over my walls in my Bedroom and in my Kitchen too, I hope you don’t feel the heat, I cook up a storm when I’m not pining after you!.

      You’re incredible and your my favorite Bolger, I would be willing to wash you feet, even if they smelt, and guess what, see below, I even found some Scriptures to say I can……

      John 13:14-15 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

      You will be amazed Anthony and find it real hard to believe I’m sure but these Scriptures were in the Bible, yes they were! I didn’t need the Internet, anyway I’m not sure who writes them on there, I know God wrote what’s in the real Bible and He is never wrong but on the Internet they keep changing their mind, He doesn’t and nor will I change mine about you because your just the best!

      Philippians 2:2-3 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

      I do consider you better than me Anthony, yes, yes your awesome and I want to encourage you to do good things for God like you encourage others with you support and kind words of affirmation, that’s why I follow you around and comment because you leave me speechless your so wonderful.

      Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.(NIV)

      1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.(NIV)

      I know your very busy Anthony but can I please, please have your Autograph.Lol
      (Hmmm…who else sounds like this and twists and bends scripture this way?)
      Don’t tell me…don’t tell me…it’ll come I’m sure.
      Eventually it will all be “in the light”

      Wishing and Hoping – Loveallgroupie
      Anthony

      • Anthony, this comment is inappropriate. Please do not carry over discussions from past articles to the present and only comment on the post at hand. If you have an issue with another blogger, then it would be better for you to resolve it with them in private or ignore their remarks completely.

        • Glad to see that you are taking charge of your room, exercising the authority given you it’s about time! Keep up the “good word”, God Bless! I can take correction and I am grateful for it, thank you. You’ll get no argument or contention from me on this.
          Keep vigil!
          Please delete my most obvious and intentionally inappropriate comment!
          It’s purpose has been served.

          Anthony/Oneagleswings

      • Thank you Pastor Joe, I’m looking forward to part 3 or perhaps you are starting a new focus, you have motivated me through your previous messages to Post about Love on my Blog but I will mostly be sharing other Bloggers messages although I will add my own to finish with . I have included a few of your links although I had Rebloged them before but I felt they were a good start. I do find though Reblogs and Pingbacks don’t attack a lot of interest but I appreciate them being part of my Blog, I often read and enjoy them again and are blessed, I have Rebloged quiet a few over the years or Spotlighted another Blogger, which is just a different way of doing it, thank you for sharing your messages freely, well I hope you don’t mind or do you like to be asked?.

        Blessings – Anne

  8. Debbie says:

    Thank you, Pastor Joe . . .this was so helpful! God bless you!

  9. Congrats! Well-wrought and beautifully written. Thumbs up! ;-)

  10. I like part 2 much better. I’m not completely comfortable with “all people claiming to be Christians cannot be joined together for the advancement of the Kingdom of God” though. I judge a tree by its fruit, as Jesus taught, and leave the rest to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit.
    However, I am comfortable with it if you are referring only to what Jude called, “evil men who have infiltrated the church”, those who are purposefully trying to wreak havoc.

    Paul said, “No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.”

  11. In a major construction project there is an architect he holds the schematics the full vision of what is to be built. Conflict occurs when we who are following directions step outside of the tasks specifically given to each worker. Someone must walk on girders and drive rivets, others weld, another operates a crane, just as in a part of the body of Christ (church) we all serve a purpose. The plumbers do the plumbing, the electricians run wires, the carpenters frame, the drywallers smooth, things run smooth until someone takes on a task of their own volition outside of their assigned task! Would you call in a plumber to fix an electrical short? Would you call in an expert in flooring to repair a roof? I know my assignment Pastor just as you know yours,not everyone does they may think they do and that is one of the greatest of deceptions yet, some jump ahead to “guessing” instead of waiting to know their calling however long it takes. Someone always has to peel potatoes, clean, latrines, take out the trash that stinks and hose out the container. I’m no better than any man but I do hear and I do obey but I will not try to impose upon anyone how I know that…because it still remains a mystery to me. The depths of the things I’ve seen and heard are beyond what I may comprehend but every so often…a nugget…a gem…a pearl and truly with nothing of an expectation, just grateful for what has been “given” which is much more than sufficient in every way. .
    And yes Jesus is Lord!

    God Bless.
    Anthony/Oneagleswings

  12. In China corrupt builders took many short cuts and used shoddy materials and workmanship in the construction of a school. The building eventually collapsed and killed many children in a school filled to capacity.
    What will be the final costs in the short cuts that are often so tempting to us Pastor?

    Anthony/Oneagleswings

  13. good message…..what is that scripture that says we should all be of one mind?

  14. Great article. I read one comment where the writer stated they were more comfortable with the second part over the first. I understand this feeling completely, as it is a reasonable desire not to want to offend. While the second part may be more comfortable, the first part is desperately more needed. We must find it within ourselves (through the Spirit of God within us) to get past the uncomfortableness of warning people when they are in error. We should do this out of love for them and fear of God. Entering into eternal life without a hand is far better than entering into eternal death whole. Thank you Pastor Joe for the honest article that points us to the truth of the Word.

  15. Here let me write the ending of part 3 for ya’…and everybody in God’s house said…?
    “A-M-E-N!!!”
    Anthony/Oneagleswings

  16. Great message! There is so much more that united us than divides us, namely Jesus Christ!

    “I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,a
    with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all”.

    Ephesian 4:1-5

    Best,

    Caleb

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