People today desire to be one, so they seek all kinds of activities, things, or hobbies in which they can be one with others of the same taste. In the Body of Christ also it seems that people are more eager to “gather with those of the same taste”, and so we have a wide range of churches to suit everyone’s preference. But the question that arises is, What is the oneness of the Body of Christ? How can we as believers in Christ be ONE?
First of all we need to see that the oneness of the Body of Christ is not something manufactured or brought about by the efforts of the believers in Christ. No, oneness is and should be something organic, something in life, something sweet and real. According to Eph. 4:4-6 we see that the primary characteristic of God and of the Body of Christ is ONEness. One God, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, etc. God is ONE, and the Body of Christ is also ONE!
How can we obtain the oneness? Simply put, we obtain the oneness of the Body of Christ when we are born again – oneness is in the divine life! How can we keep the oneness? To answer that question, we would recommend two recent articles that speak extensively on this:
- the mysterious mingling of God with man is the oneness of the Body of Christ
- the application of the heavenly “paint” brings us into the genuine oneness