“I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man…the seven lampstands are the seven churches.” Revelation 1:12-13, 20
As Christians our unity is demonstrated by our love for the Lord and for each other. When those who follow Jesus are unified by Jesus, they become a compelling testimony for Christ. Love seeks to unify what sin has divided.
The Romans exiled the apostle John to the island of Patmos for his faith. Now, like Daniel—he became a prophet. The Lord spoke to him through visions of what had been, of what was present and what was to come. It is sobering and encouraging to see Jesus Christ in all His glory and authority calling churches to be a unified light for Him. Jesus commissioned John to write these prophetic words on a scroll and to send them to the seven churches.
Speaking of His death on the cross, Jesus said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself” (John 12:32).
John knew if the cross of Jesus was lifted up in our life and in our churches—the gospel witness of the church would be most powerful. The world is not moved by a church that looks like the world. What moves the world toward Jesus is a church that looks like another world: one that embraces the cross and resurrection of Jesus through a community of believers who sacrifice and suffer for their Savior’s sake and for each other. In the same way global allies come together to combat a common enemy. Most attractive, is when diverse followers of Jesus unify to come against evil forces. They not only fight the good fight of faith but unite to take the love of God to the lost and the least.
Is your faith isolated with those only like you? Do you collaborate with other Jesus followers to work together to take the gospel to the world? Diverse races are unified when they all trust Jesus Christ as their resurrected Lord and Savior. Different cultures join hands and hearts to remove injustice and share the good news of Jesus’ justification of sin.
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28).
The churches gospel witness is stronger together! Through the Holy Spirit we are united, as one body. The apostle Paul wrote, “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body” (1 Corinthians 12:13, ESV). There is strength in unity. There is power in unity, and unity glorifies God like nothing else.
Much love and care,
Greece Assembly of God
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