Today’s thought “Gather into one the children of God” (April 18)

Today’s thought

Gather into one the children of God

(April 18)

Disunity is a common feature in our world. The nature of politics highlights this; there is constant debate between opposing voices. In contrast the message of God’s word looks forward to a time of oneness. The friction created by those who were jealous of the tremendous popularity of Jesus reaches its peak following the fresh burst of support and belief in him after he raised Lazarus.

The High Priest Caiaphas unwittingly prophesied

“that one man should die for the people” (John 11:50).

But he saw it from his own jealous human perspective that Jesus should die – so that there would be no rebellion that would jeopardise and even destroy their own position of authority.

Then John adds the comment, that the death of Jesus would also

“gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad” (verse 52).

Initially Jews and Gentiles who believed in Jesus became one body in Christ. Their united appreciation of the plan and purpose of God was the catalyst.

Johannes (Jan) Vermeer - Christ in the House of Martha and Mary - Google Art Project.jpg
Christ in the House of Martha and Mary, Johannes Vermeer, before 1654–1655, oil on canvas (National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh) – Mary is seated at the feet of Jesus

Mary and Martha demonstrated their faith in God’s plan even before Lazarus came to life again. We read today,

“I know that he (Lazarus) will rise again in the resurrection at the last day … that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world” (verses 24,27).

This is when “the children of God” will be one. The principles that God’s children must willingly follow are well spelt out in Proverbs 28 which we also read today.

“Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely” (verse 5).

“Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered” (verse 18).

“A faithful man (or woman) will abound with blessings” (verse 20).

“Whoever trusts his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered” (verse 26).

Let us not trust in our own mind but feed daily on God’s word and look forward to being there when Jesus returns to “gather into one the children of God”.


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Preceding

Living stones 6 Stones that will cry out

Not bounded by labels but liberated in Christ

A participation in the body of Christ

Maintaining unity of Spirit in the bond of peace becoming one with God

Outflow of foundational relationship based on acceptance of Jesus

Engaging the culture without losing the gospel

Ecclesia to exist, grow and communities to have people communicating with each other

The Big conversation Why it matters

Preparation for unity

Manifests for believers #5 Christian Union

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Additional reading

  1. Unity doesn’t mean uniformity
  2. To whom do we want to be enslaved
  3. Getting out of the dark corners of this world
  4. United people under Christ
  5. Commitment to Christian unity
  6. En Soma: One Body
  7. Let us become nothing, and Christ everything
  8. The Ecclesia
  9. How long to wait before bringing religiousness and spirituality in practice
  10. Being Religious and Spiritual 7 Transcendence to become one
  11. Christians having the right heart to call others to go to God
  12. Atonement And Fellowship 4/8
  13. Atonement And Fellowship 6/8
  14. A participation in the body of Christ
  15. One Mind, One Accord
  16. God’s forgotten Word 5 Lost Lawbook 4 The ‘Catholic’ church
  17. To remove the whitewash of the Jehovah Witnesses as being the only true Bible Students and Bible Researchers
  18. Refurbished ecclesia site
  19. Quibbling siblings united or allied children of an organisation or a church
  20. Our openness to being approachable
  21. It is simply impossible!
  22. Attackers silenced freedom of speech
  23. Let us not fret or worry about next season
  24. If some of us do not feel safe
  25. After display of unity back to disunity
  26. Theologians and a promised Spirit to enlighten us
  27. a Strong Family doesn’t just happen

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