Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having a high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:19-25 KJ2000)
So many want to see unity in the church. How can there be unity when we who call ourselves “Christian” are finding our identity in everything but Jesus who is the Head of the church? We are divided by doctrines, spiritual gifts, hierarchical titles, race, gender, and denominations. Only when Jesus is our All and in all will there be unity in the church and only those who are one in Him are assembled together beyond the veil IN Him.
Those who have put on Christ, live IN Christ and not for themselves. They tabernacle with Him. Neither the Passover (salvation from sin) nor Pentecost (gifts of the Spirit) is their total identity for these are only part of what Jesus has done for them. They have moved on beyond the outer court and the inner court and passed through the torn veil of His flesh and abide IN Him as their Life. To get there the old Adam in them had to die. Death continues to work in them that the life of Christ might abound in others. You can tell those who have passed through the veil, their lives are no longer about themselves, power or their spiritual gifts. They are all about Jesus, and posturing over others, seeking power and garnering titles to themselves will not be found among them for Christ is their sufficiency.
True unity is only found beyond the veil in Christ. As we surrender our lives over to Him and make Him our life, unity with Him and each other will happen. God has put a hunger in each of us and until we pass through the veil of His flesh and abide their in Him, we will be hungry to find fulfilment. The trouble is that most of us will try to fill that hunger with other things… things that will pull us away from Him. This is why we see so many believers, even so-called church leaders, falling into sin. Yet, Jesus is persistent. He keeps calling us into the presence of His Father and is always our High Priest who stands before Him, making intercession for us.
And the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which you have given me: for you loved me before the foundation of the world. (John 17:22-24 KJ2000)
Great words brother! I just wrote a blog that I am posting tomorrow about how in Jesus we are all peers and how positions and titles are not of Christ at all.
Thanks Chris. I will check it out.
I like what you say Michael and I also checked out Chris’s site and loved what he is saying as well! Thank you.