Part 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?