Verse of the Day

Friday, February 24, 2012

Selfsame Spirit

I overheard a conversation the other day, Ash Wednesday, where a question was asked, "What verses would you use to describe the nature of Christ’s church?"  Not sure why I didn't break into their conversation but I went on about my day.  I guess the following is what I would have said had I'd been asked.

I know what I read in God's Holy Word, I know what the Holy Spirit discerns in my heart ... the Church most assuredly is not a denomination.  Denominations were created by man and we don't serve a man of God ... we serve the God of man. We are Christians - followers of Christ:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)

The following, in context, is talking about gifts (1) and being here in body (2); but both use the word [selfsame] Greek autos; intensive pronoun - the same makes me pause to think.  I know that 1 Corinthians 12:12 goes on to talk about the members of the body, but it is one body.  2 Corinthians 5:5 talks about God brought us to an exact, definite conclusion [he that hath wrought] for the selfsame
  1. 1 Corinthians 12:11
    But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
    1 Corinthians 12:10-12 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 12 (Whole Chapter)
  2. 2 Corinthians 5:5
    Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
    2 Corinthians 5:4-6 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 5 (Whole Chapter)

"For God SO loved the world ... "  I don't see how anyone can say that one person who bla bla bla or belongs to bla bla bla is the only ones who will make it.  If that were the case, then he would not have used the word kosmos - literally His creation -  that he would make a covenant with the world and tell us that He SO loved us.

Thanks for reading,

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