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The treasure of “One Another”

04 Oct

This post is link four in a chain blog initiated by Alan Knox on the topic of “one another.”

Alan started us off by describing the mutuality of these reciprocal pronouns. Then Swanny reminded us of the universality of the command to love one another.And most recently Chuck McKnight followed with http://www.beingfilled.com/2012/10/what-does-it-mean-to-love-one-another.html

What do we see?

We as followers of Jesus Christ look upon one another what do we see? In our natural sight we see differences, and these differences are as vast as the ocean is deep. We all come from different perspectives, no one is like you, no one sees life in the same perspective that you do.

Lets all face it we are unique, even in our desire to fellowship we set up “rules” even when we may pretend to not be setting up “rules”. It gets plain dangerous once we knowingly set up “rules” for our fellowship, or how we “judge” one another. Again the question is what do we see, or maybe better what perspective do we use in our vision?

Division is Natural, Unity is Supernatural


 
In this age we see division, this is manifest in a myriad of ways. Division is natural to our natural mind.

“In” Christ there is liberty, freedom, and life. This Life transcends borders, divisions, and sects, and brings unity, understanding, and community.

To live “in” Christ is to be free from our natural way of dividing, or establishing borders. This indeed makes us vulnerable, yet at the same time secure. We are vulnerable to those that choose to take advantage of our freedom, and lack of borders. Yet our defense is not our defense, but of, and “in” Christ.

It’s Up to Us

To recognize the body of Christ we must lay aside our natural tendency to separate  A word of caution from a former Pharisee. The root meaning to Pharisee is “to separate”, we all have this as our default position. This may be one of the “root” causes to what we see today, denominations, sects, and barriers. This is an abomination in the eyes of Christ. May we learn to “see” from His eyes. may we have His ears to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to the ekklesia.

Searching Together the PromiseLand

Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of Canaan. We are collectively the New Tribes of Israel, and we are being led by the New Joshua, Jesus Christ to explore Him, to plumb His depths, to explore His heights, and to see the vastness, and wonder of this “land that flows with milk and honey” .As we explore together this land of promise that we share “in” Christ, we rejoice in the diversity that comes in unity. We rejoice in the collective expression of Jesus as we learn and grow with “one another”. As a dear saint has recently stated “In is Everything”. When we look upon “one another” with the eyes of Christ we then look for the Life of Christ in “one another”. This perspective changes everything, Christ is not divided, and may we heed this statement. “Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”In this “in” we have new eyes, new hearts, and a new agenda to esteem “one another”. In it all and through it all Christ is expressed, magnified, and His name, His love, and His grace is displayed.

Our Mantra, or Constitution is Defined

“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care – then do me a favor:


Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.

 

Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top .Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.

He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death – and the worst kind of death at that – a crucifixion.  Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth – even those long ago dead and buried – will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.”
Paul of Tarsus

Chain Blog Rules

  1. If you would like to write the next blog post (link) in this chain, leave a comment stating that you would like to do so. If someone else has already requested to write the next link, then please wait for that blog post and leave a comment there requesting to write the following link.
  2. Feel free to leave comments here and discuss items in this blog post without taking part in the actual “chain.” Your comments and discussion are very important in this chain blog (both this post and the other link posts in the chain).
  3. When you write a link in this chain, please reply in the comments of the previous post to let everyone know that your link is ready. Also, please try to keep an updated list of links in the chain at the bottom of your post, and please include these rules at the bottom of your post.

“Links” in the “One Another” Chain Blog

  1. Chain Blog: One Another” by Alan Knox
  2. Linking One Another” by Swanny
  3. What Does It Mean to Love One Another?” by Chuck McKnight
  4. the-treasure-of-one-another” by Jim Puntney

 
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24 responses to “The treasure of “One Another”

  1. Alan Knox

    October 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Jim,

    Thanks for taking part in the chain blog! Would you mind adding the “chain blog rules” and the list of posts to the bottom of your post? Thanks!

    -Alan

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  2. jimpuntney

    October 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks Alan for the reminder

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  3. Alan Knox

    October 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Jim,

    I’m sorry that I didn’t comment on your post earlier. I had not had time to read it yet. The focus on division (and unity in Christ) is so important when we think about “one another.” Otherwise, we’re simply applying that phrase to some who are in Christ and not all who are in Christ. I’m glad that you ended your post with the passage from Philippians. That is such a powerful statement from Paul about our unity in Christ and how he demonstrated the kind of humility and service necessary for us to live in that unity.

    -Alan

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  4. Kathleen Ward (@ChurchInACircle)

    October 7, 2012 at 12:48 am

    I’d like to post the fifth link in the chain!

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  5. Kathleen Ward (@ChurchInACircle)

    October 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Hi Jim, I’ve just posted the next link in the chain. It’s called “This is how the world shall recognise you…”, and you can find it here http://wp.me/p2hkrb-4o.

    Kathleen

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  6. jimpuntney

    October 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Thank you Kathleen for “linking” up in the “one another” chain. I fully agree with you comments, thank you for sharing the Life that is within you.

    “The world needs to see God’s people loving one another – deeply connected, living life together, engaging in the messiness of each other’s lives. We need to re-examine the ways we meet together to allow true communion, true fellowship and true corporate worship. Then the world will look at the church and recognize that we are Jesus’ disciples – when they see how we love one another.” Kathleen Ward

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  7. Chuck McKnight

    October 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks for this, Jim!

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  8. Kathleen Ward (@ChurchInACircle)

    October 8, 2012 at 2:55 am

    For anyone who is following the chain, I’ve posted the fifth link at http://www.churchinacircle.com/2012/10/07/this-is-how-the-world-shall-recognise-you/. Chris Jeffries has volunteered to post the sixth link, followed by Greg Gamble. Looking forward to reading your posts!

    Kathleen

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  9. Alan Knox

    October 25, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I’m keeping this chain blog going with a new post called “The Unmentionable One Anothers.” I’d love your input!

    -Alan

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