I am excited about this new venture most of all because I feel like blogging is a medium that lets me be myself. Over a period of time I fully expect to be able to get out for anyone to see who I am and what I have been about now for most of my adult life. I am honestly about my passion in life for God and his mission in the world; I am about waking up every day with the desire of having my mind renewed by his Word and by his Spirit, so that he might enable me to participate with him in what he is up to in this present age. From the very depths of my humanity, I desire to please him, to make him known, and loved. My only hope in actually living this way, is found in Christ alone; the gift of God’s eternal love.
So this blog is dedicated to him and his mission and the reason it concerns the unity of The Church, is because it concerns the Church as God’s new creation in Christ, a living community in vital organic and spiritual union with the God-Man. Then it in turn involves the unity of the human family and the mission of Christ sent to this world; the mission that was decided by God before creation and therefore has cosmic implications into the age to come. This of course identifies me as to my commitment to the exclusivity of Christ as God has testified to him in the special revelation we call the Bible.
My blog is dedicated to unity because it has everything to do with the mission of God for the whole world, and God’s only “begotten” Son as the one who has the responsibility to bring all things under the rule of his Father. I believe precisely that is what he is now doing, and that this is in short, the single activity that gives meaning to history on earth and specifically what gives The Church and her reason for existence necessitating among other things, the diligent living out of her unity. By her very creation in Christ by God, as an instrument for his exclusive purpose and glory, she is by nature destined to the work of “ pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”. She does this by fulfilling her most basic function ( see “The Calling to Witness”).
So lets begin there without any further qualifying (which I hope to do as I go). There is much to say, and must be said. I honestly believe with many others, that the Church as Christ’s Body on earth, has much work yet to do in subduing the nations to the rule of God. In a sense I have little trouble in understanding that all that has gone before has simply been preparation for the work that lies before us, or as Paul the Apostle says, “ all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the end of the ages have come.” If he could say this about the sacred history of the Jews as recorded in the Old Testament of God, what tremendous meaning for the Church and the mission of God and his Christ must it hold for us in our day, the day of the New Covenant.
E4 Unity, then, is one more “voice crying in the wilderness” as a prophetic advocate to the people of God that they might grow up into their full stature in Christ unto the great delight of his Father, and for the promised blessings of all the nations. It is also written for those of other Faiths and those who are still in the process of developing their faith, in the hopes it will provide them with a message of hope and encouragement and a desire to know this Christ.
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