~ Common But Not Ordinary ~
Christians have a unity with each other, or a common interest, because of Jesus Christ in many ways. Consider a few of the things we have in common.
Common Life ~ Christians are partakers of Him in one common life. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)” (Ephesians 2:4-5).
Common Interest ~ Christians possess a common interest because of His atonement for their sins. “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14).
Common Salvation ~ Christians have been saved by Christ through a common salvation. “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation” (Jude 3a).
Common Father ~ Christian are related to one another through their one common Father. “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26).
Common Flock ~ Christians are all part of the same flock of sheep with Christ as their common Shepherd. “As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd” (John 10:15-16).
Common Temple ~ Christians are in the process of building in Him one common temple. “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.’ Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone’” (1 Peter 2:5-7).
Common Resource ~ Christians draw their sustenance from the same resource. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Common Glory ~ Christians share with one another a common glory. “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24).
How about you? Do you have some favorite commonalities with all Christians which you would like to add?
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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