“Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Cor 6:11 (NLT)
Cleansed, holy, made right. I think it’s something we all long for, in some way or another. Even, I think, the most non religious, non spiritual person out there longs to be made right in some way, shape, or form. Perhaps not in the way that a Christian longs, but I think it’s a longing within all of us. We long for things to be “right”. I know, for me, I long for things to be right: I long to have a family instead of fending for myself and building my own out of friends. I long to not have to poor over ever food label making sure there’s not something in it that my body will read as poison and make me incredibly ill. Of course, this isn’t quite the “making right” that is being referred to here, but it helps me to put things in real word terms, so maybe it will help others. However, God will make us right in other ways. Maybe not now, and it’s a continuing process, but as we call upon His precious name, he cleanses us (Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crismon stain, He washed it white as snow) and makes us new. He makes us right in His eyes, our faults and all.
And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. John 10:16 (ESV)
You know, the whole one church concept has always been hard for me to grasp. I’ve been around in churches. I was raised Nazarene. When my parents split, I went to a Methodist church, then an independent Baptist church, then back to Methodist with my mother, and another Nazarene church with my father. By high school, my mom was back in the Methodist church and my Father was at a Church of Christ. After my faith was completely shattered in the church due to a tragic, unfortunate experience, I pulled away from the church. I’ve been around the block since then with different church experiences and different sets of doctrine, and so the fact that they all intermingle together into one church in God’s eyes is hard to grasp. I don’t think it’s bad, per se, that it’s hard to grasp, but I do think what we go though in life impacts how we grasp and read the Bible. I do think it’s cool, though, that despite all my struggles in the church, it’s all one body, one flesh, one blood of Believers.
And so we know God’s word applies to our life today, and God has a lot to say in His book…
Um, excuse my brief Veggietales moment. God loves His church, and views it is one. It’s one of those things I know, logically, and have been taught for years. But applying it and realizing that “Hey, we ARE one body of believers, despite our differences” is another kettle of fish. And it’s also cool to reiterate how God cleanses each of us!