Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Scattered

I was listening to an audio sermon by T. Austin Sparks and he mentioned how 1 Peter is written to the "scattered". I was thinking how much that speaks of the way it is now.
He was also going into the concept of the church being "one new man" (Eph. 2:15) in the earth, and though we are scattered, we always recognize those of a like spirit, and that is what proves we are only one man (i.e, The Body of Christ is one).
I keep hearing "one Lord, one faith, one baptism". This verse keeps resonating in me.


Ted M. Gossard said...

Desert Pilgrim,
One man or one new humanity in Jesus. I take it to be us as the people of God consisting of all Jews and Gentiles who put their faith in Jesus. The new Israel. And this newness comes from God by the Spirit in Christ.

So in spite of all of us, God is making us more and more one. And he accepts our limitations along the way. That is why I believe God accepts different baptisms, like those who are baptized as babies, and those who wait until conversion (more my position, though if I was a pastor I'd do either while still holding to my own position in that.

But yes, we're one in Christ and we need to major on that.

Thanks for sharing that.

Desert Pilgrim said...

Ted, thank you so much, that is very encouraging to me.