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January 20, 2014 / Samuel

合一在基督的名里 [Unite in the Name of Christ]

书卷:哥林多前书(新约)
作者:保罗

哥林多前书1章10节:“弟兄们,我藉我们主耶稣基督的名,劝你们都说一样的话。你们中间也不可分党,只要一心一意,彼此相合。”

今日默想:以弗所书1章23节教导我们,教会是基督的身体,所以必须是合一的。基督是教会的头,承认基督在教会中合一的主权,乃是消弭纷争,在意见相异的事学习互相接纳的不二门路。自古以来,撒旦就在上帝和百姓中间,作布散纷争的工作。撒旦对今天教会所用的诡计,也正如它对哥林多教会所用的一样:利用人的各种软弱,引起纷争,使福音的见证被破坏,上帝的名受羞辱。高举人的名字引致纷争,只有高举主的名才可以为属上帝的人带来合一。为了持守在主里的合一,我们须要抛弃基督之外一切别的名。坚持不同的意见,乃是分裂的主要因素。当基督徒有基督耶稣的心时,自然会产生合一。

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Book: 1 Corinthians (New Testament)
Author: Paul

1 Corinthians 1:10 :“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement.”

Today’s Meditation: Ephesians 1:23 teaches us that church is Christ’s body, so it must be united. Christ is the Head of the church. Acknowledging the authority of Christ in church eliminates disputes. It is the opportunity for us to accept one another on different opinions. Since ancient times, Satan has been in between God and people to spread disputes. The way Satan treats today’s churches is like how he treated the Corinthians. He uses people’s weaknesses; causes disputes; destroys the witnesses of gospel; and humiliates the name of God. Exalting people’s name can cause disputes. Unity can only come to those who belong to God when we exalt the name of the Lord. We need to forsake every name other than Christ in order to maintain the unity in Christ. Being persistent on different opinions is the main cause of splitting up. Unity will come naturally when we have the mind of Christ.

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