Christ is all and is in all

Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Colossians 3:11 (NIV)

Read: Colossians 3:1-17

Consider: Why is it that the Bible is clear about Christian unity and yet the Church (the Body of Christ)  allows itself to split into factions, each promoting some aspect of what they believe differently from others?  Why is it that churches/denominations seem unable to sit down and talk to each other about what they have in common, rather than where their beliefs diverge?

If the Bible is God’s inspired word (which it is), then why is it so difficult for Christians to put into practice what it says: Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all (Colossians 3:11).  Could anything be simpler than that?  A person’s ethnic origin, their colour, language or religious upbringing are as nothing when a person commits themselves to Christ and becomes part of the Body of Christ.

Paul stretches this idea of unity even further when in his letter to the Galatians he says: There is neither Jew or Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).

Colossians 3 starts with these words: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God (3:1-3).  If our former life is now ‘dead’ and ‘hidden’, it means that what we once were and how we once lived and acted are gone, covered over by the new life we have in Christ and, wonderfully, this applies to every person who has committed their life to Christ.  We are all therefore viewed exactly the same by God, because we have put on Christ.

Perhaps if we all had a better understanding of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Romans 12:3-8), we would be less likely to separate ourselves from others whose beliefs on essentials are identical to ours, while over matters of interpretation and conscience we can allow ourselves and others to differ.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Pray: Father, keep us from finding ways to separate ourselves from others whose beliefs differ from ours only on non-essential matters, where interpretation and conscience are permitted.  Amen

Every blessing

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