It is up to all of us to remold our relationships, conscious of our oneness. A Few Social Components The world of humanity is a single unit — like a family. Attitudes of prejudice, superiority and paternalism are contrary to our oneness. All forms of systemic exploitation — like racism, sexism and classism — are contrary to oneness.
Developing a deep-seated consciousness of the oneness of humanity is the only hope for remedying the vast problems of a fractured world. Be thou content with it and seek naught else, for My work is perfect and My command is binding. Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over another.
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Opportunities to engage View calendar. Request Free Literature Have introductory material mailed to you. E-Newsletter Sign-up Receive a monthly round-up of new content on the bahai. I would like to receive the U. Select All. Contact Information:. Cell Phone. It is extremely difficult to act with agape towards those we do not particularly like—who may, in fact, be somewhat repulsive. It reflects the sustained zeal that Christians must have for the promotion of unity within the body of Christ, and it casts a dark shadow over those who engage in the mischief of contention and division.
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Colossians ; It has a variety of uses, e. It is clear to see that the chorus of qualities cataloged above, if engaged by the people of God, will facilitate an atmosphere wherein the redemptive plan of Christ can operate with optimum efficiency. Surely every genuine Christian desires to see this state prevail in the body of Christ.
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There is far more to unity than a mere atmosphere of sweet friendliness. There also is the unity of truth. While this goal never will be achieved absolutely in a society of flawed people, it must be sought vigorously. We pass over that and, for our own thematic purpose, will consider them in a descending order characterized by a logical progression. First, there is the oneness that characterizes the Godhead, i.
The affirmation appears to express the relationship of the Father to his spiritual children. He is sovereign over them though this does not deny his sovereignty over the whole of mankind—Acts Moule , That divine authority was bequeathed to Christ at the time of his ascension cf. Matthew ; Ephesians ff , and it is both universal John and ecclesiastical Ephesians ; Colossians He was involved in organizing the initial post-creation processes Genesis , and appears to have been the chief agent of the revelation of the divine Mind to humanity 2 Samuel ; 1 Corinthians ff.
John This united relationship should motivate all Christians toward theological solidarity. In this context the sense of the term must be restricted to two possibilities. There are a number of passages that use pistis in this sense Acts ; Galatians ; 1 Timothy ; ,6; ; Titus ; Jude 3; see Turner , ; Lenski , A number of scholars agree, however, that subjective faith i.
The verb baptizo—seventy-seven times in the New Testament , when used literally, denotes to immerse , dip , or submerge.
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When the word is employed metaphorically, it suggests the idea of being overwhelmed. There are several senses the term can take in the New Testament, depending upon the context. The baptism of the Christian age embodies: immersion in water Acts ; Romans ; Colossians , for the person who has both the ability and willingness to believe the gospel message and repent of sin Mark ; Acts The purpose of the ordinance is to access the saving blood of Christ cf.
Hebrews ; Ephesians , receive the forgiveness of sins, and enter a relationship with Jesus Christ Acts ; ; 1 Peter ; Romans ; Galatians Romans ; 1 Corinthians ff, etc. Matthew with Luke Ephesians Note the comments of McGarvey and Pendleton. One Spirit, acting through the apostles and all other evangelists and ministers 1 Thes. There is another point worth mentioning here.
It reveals that the Corinthians and the apostle had shared a common baptism. This could not be Holy Spirit baptism, for the Corinthians never experienced that. Paul did share with these brothers the common baptism in water Acts ; 1 Corinthians This is a baptism that occurs as a result of submitting to the message of the New Testament gospel Acts ; cf.
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Moule , ; Bloomfield , Moreover, if the body is to function as God intended, unity among its members must prevail cf. If there were no cooperation between the nervous, circulatory, respiratory systems, etc. But the cause is quite transparent; it lies in a repudiation of the New Testament as the sole pattern for church polity, and the responsibility rests with all who applaud the diversity of sectarianism and choose to remain entangled in that maze of a self-willed religion cf.
Colossians Life is dismal indeed when bereft of hope! Those who take seriously their claim of faith in Christ will work conscientiously for unity among fellow believers. They will not celebrate differences that segment people into warring factions that disgrace the name of Christ and the oneness of the Christian cause. It is a strange circumstance that men will stress the importance of the first three verses of this context, but minimize the unity required of the second three verses.
Surely the Lord is not pleased with such a disposition. Jackson, Wayne. Access date: July 5, Topical Index. About Contact. Albert Einstein said: We see a Universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand these laws.
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Under the impulse of the Spirit of God Paul wrote: I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith you were called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Let us reflect upon each of these matters briefly. Temperamental Unity vv. Doctrinal Unity vv. The Godhead First, there is the oneness that characterizes the Godhead, i. It is used with reference to the overwhelming suffering Christ would endure at Calvary Luke The latter instance was not wholly analogous to the former in that it merely authenticated the Gentiles as proper candidates for the kingdom of Christ.
Finally, it is symbolically used to describe the overwhelming punishment of hell Matthew Works Cited Barclay, William. The Letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians. Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press.
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