The Common Union of the Saints

puritans1The Common Union of the Saints – part one
Hebrews 10:24-25
Hebrews tells us to “not forsake our own assembling together”!

God ordained that we come together to “stimulate“ or provoke, prod.
God knew we would need a good poke now and then.

We need this to keep us sharp and to remind us that someone is watching our back and that someone carries a sharp stick and holds us accountable.

The real beauty of this verse is the context in which it is made which deals with what calls us all together.
Hebrews 10:19-22

Our Communion Union is in Christ
Hebrews 10:20 – Jesus inaugurated a new and living way to the Holiest of place of all into God the Father’s very presence through His flesh!

This new and living way refers to the perpetual power of the once for all sacrifice of Christ that forever retains its freshness and power.

It is a once for all time sacrifice because it never grows old.
It is a living sacrifice because Jesus lives and is active through His church!

We are living body of Christ because we are joined to our spiritual Head.
Ephesians 1:18-23; Colossians 1:13-18

We have a common union in Christ that is appropriately called a community.

We now have a community through Christ sacrifice and love. We are marvelously called together for an uncommon purpose, to bring God glory and to display God’s grace to all mankind.
Ephesians 3:20-4:3

The church of Jesus Christ is the most important community in the world. This is the one community that is ordained, endorsed and blessed by God for our good and His glory.

That ordained, blessed fellowship is the gathered and displayed through the ministry of the local church!

1st Notice how important the church is to Christ
Acts 20:28 – He purchased it with His own blood.

2nd Notice how important localized churches are to God
He dedicated the New Testament to them.
Every one of Paul’s New Testament letters are addressed to locally gathered fellowships or it is addressed to the local leaders or overseers.

Look with me quickly at the following passages of scripture to see my point.
Romans 1:7 – “to all who are Beloved in Rome”
1Corinthians 1:2; 2Corinthians 1:1-“To the Church of God which is at Corinth”
Galatians 1:2- “To the Churches of Galatia”
Ephesians 1:1 -”To the Saints who are at Ephesus”
Philippians 1:1 – “To all Saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi”
Colossians 1:2-“To the Saints and Faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae”
1&2 Thessalonians 1:1- “To the Church of the Thessalonians”
1 & 2 Timothy – To the young pastor at Ephesus
Titus – Pastor at Crete
Philemon – Fellow worker at a local church (along with Epaphras)

The church is an organized and powerful picture of what Christ here on earth.
In Acts 2 we see three key elements of an orderly Christ centered community.
Acts 2:42-47
Here in Acts we see the church focused on studying the Word of God and giving praise to God with the end result being a witness to the world and glory to God.
1. The study of the Word
2. Prayer and Praise to God
3. Their Witness to the world

The church should be devoted to these key elements today.
1. They were devoted to the accurate study of the Word of God.
v. 42- “continually devoting themselves to the apostle’s teaching”

The Word stimulated (provoked) love for God that was exhibited in acts of worship.
2. They were filled with Prayer and Praise to God based on understanding His Word.
v.43-46 – “Awe, sharing, unity, gladness, praise”

The expression of their love for God was love for one another, which caused the world to see the power of Christ. The Word produced worship that led people to see Jesus.
3. Their praise and fellowship in the Word was a powerful witness for God in the world.
v.47 – The church found favor with all the people and many were saved.

The people were “studying, acting and praising God in the church and the world could not help but see their love for God and one another.

That is exactly what Jesus prayed for in the Garden of Gethsemane.
John 17:13-23


1 Response to “The Common Union of the Saints”

  1. 1 christfocused
    January 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm

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