Caithness, Scotland.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6 (NASB)

The Christmas season is fast approaching, Advent is only eight days away. Charles Dickens books are being pulled off bookshelves by some for their annual fix of Dickensian festive cheer. Soon it will again be “the season peace and goodwill to all men.” Yet we live in a divided fractious world beset by the worst passions of selfish humanity. The church instead of being the guiding light for the world is also divided, one denomination against another.

This was not God’s plan, but He foresaw the divisiveness of fallen man and made provision for it. The Mighty Triune God provides a way of hope for sinful man, a narrow path from Bethlehem to Calvary that finishes in the glory of Heaven. The Path of Peace is open to all repentant men, regardless of Christian denomination. Our various ways of worshipping God achieve the same result of bringing our sacrifice of repentance to the Almighty.

Dear reader,as we approach Advent let our light shine a message of Godly unity, a message of hope for a lost world. Prepare yourselves for the journey ahead to the manger at Bethlehem, where God meets us on the Path of Peace.

24 thoughts on “Unity in the Spirit

  1. This blessed me greatly this morning, Alan. Thank – you so much.

    I have been to Bethlehem, to see the humble and obscure setting where our Saviour came to earth.
    He will come again, in glory, and everyone will recognize him then.
    Thanks for emphasizing the importance of Christian Unity, for this is what our Saviour asks of us. πŸŒ·βš˜πŸ€—

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging comments Sally. Visiting Bethlehem must have been a blessing for you! I emphasise unity but not one world religion which is a different thing entirely. Personally I get upset by the lack of love between churches in our world.

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  2. One of our prayers each day is for the Church to rise up and lead in this chaotic time. We also pray that God would help us to be the salt and light that leads and makes people thirsty for God. In a divided world full of chaos, we must bring the hope and peace to the world that Jesus brought way back then.

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  3. The unity of the church will come when we all come to believe we ARE the church – not a building not a denomination but God’s…… being sanctified……A. Holy Bride made ready and prepared for a meeting with our Bridegroom Jesus Christ. The lamp of God’s Holy Spirit IF kept alive in each one of us will bring about this UNITY . We are identified when we are covered by the blood of the sacrificial Lamb of God,(ie the mystery and wonder of SALVATION) and thank God for His Holy Spirit who is working in us all the days on this earth to refine us and prepare us for eternity. Blessings and LOVE on THE WAY.

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  4. All those who trust in Jesus Christ as Savior by faith alone can fellowship together despite secondary and tertiary differences. However, there are some pseudo-(c)hristian denominations that unabashedly teach salvation by sacramental grace and merit. We must defend the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. When vital doctrinal distinctives are overlooked in the cause of shallow unity no one benefits.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting Tom. You are correct that faith alone is the route of salvation, which can be a further witness in works after salvation. But no amount of works can earn salvation, it is a Divine Gilft of great price! Only those who hold this truth dear are saved by Grace and in the one church. Anything else is false manmade religion.

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  5. This is so lovely, Alan. I, too, am deeply looking forward to the beginning of Advent this year, and hope it will be a very sweet and hopeful season for you and Susan, despite the difficulties you have to live with XXXXXX

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  6. I thank you for your site and the wonderful folk who follow you. I too am looking forward to again remembering the wonder of an Advent Journey of re-affirmation of intrinsic
    values in Christian observances of Christmas. Grace indeed has given us great and rich blessings.

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