1Co 12:12-27 ESV
(12) For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
(13) For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
(14) For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
(15) If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.
(16) And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.
(17) If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?
(18) But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
(19) If all were a single member, where would the body be?
(20) As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
(21) The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
(22) On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
(23) and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,
(24) which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,
(25) that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.
(26) If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
(27) Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
I read this outstanding quote in Smith Wigglesworths book Ever Increasing Faith.
In Ephesians 4 we are told to endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, for there is one body, and one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all. The Baptism of the Spirit is to make us all one. Paul tells us in 1 Cor. 12:13 that by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. It is God’s thought that we speak the same thing. If we all have the full revelation of the Spirit of God we shall all see the same thing. Paul asked these Corinthians, “Is Christ divided?” When the Holy Ghost has full control, Christ is never divided, His body is not divided, there is no division. Schism and division are the products of the carnal mind.
I don’t believe they’ll be any Pentecostal or Baptist ghetto’s in heaven for us to hide out in. The things we allow to separate us now are all in our un-renewed minds and are rooted in religious habits.
Selfishness is the great divider not doctrine. When we focus on what we want, think and feel instead of the will of the Father there will always be occasion to find fault with other body parts.
Psa 133:1-3 KJV
(1) A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
(2) It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
(3) As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
The place of power is the place of unity. The devil can read so he governs his actions accordingly and to many of us are eager to cooperate with his plan to keep body parts separate.
The anointing flows from the head down, but if your separated from the rest of the body you have just been cut off from your source of power and now have to rely on the power of your flesh to get results.
I don’t need to have a opinion about your method of doing what God has called you to do. My focus is doing that which God has called me to do and serving those people I’m called to serve.
If I make loving Him and Loving His people my focus I don’t have the time or inclination to inspect your fruit or render judgment on your motives.
1 John 2:9-11 (The Message)
Anyone who claims to live in God’s light and hates a brother or sister is still in the dark. It’s the person who loves brother and sister who dwells in God’s light and doesn’t block the light from others. But whoever hates is still in the dark, stumbles around in the dark, doesn’t know which end is up, blinded by the darkness.
I recall one Sunday after preaching a visitor came up and told me how much the message blessed her, but she went on to tell me that a person I referred to in my sermon was in her opinion a heretic…she later shared how she was having problems with others folks in the church she regularly attended. I don’t know if these people were also heretics like brother x, but I could tell in our brief conversation that this woman had all the symptoms of someone who had been cut off from their power source.