Individually members of one another

Connection_PeopleThere are no denominations (or non-denominations) in heaven. There is only one body of Christ, and it’s not divided. I’ve talked about this before, and it should be an obvious fact, yet why do so many believers act as though it’s not true?

While God loves diversity (after all, He made millions of different types of bugs!), He doesn’t like divisiveness.

I’ve also said this before but it bears repeating because this mindset is so deeply embedded in our Western culture. We’ve exalted individualism so much that we actually think we’re separated from each other. As Albert Einstein pointed out, this idea of our separation is an illusion. René Girard called it the “romantic lie.” The Bible agrees. Nothing is separated from Christ. In other words, there’s no such thing as “outside” of Christ! Everything exists and is held together IN Christ. Paul makes this point very clear (emphasis added):

16 For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him.
17 And Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together). (Col.1:15-16 AMP)

Heaven_HellThis all sounds very strange to our ears because, for centuries, we’ve bought into a Platonic dualistic version of Christianity and a Medieval Dante/Milton vision of heaven and hell. We’ve made it possible for someone to not be in Christ, but the Bible makes no such claim.

This doesn’t mean that all actually know Christ or have entered into a transformational relationship with Him. They could be totally oblivious to Him, even antagonistic to the thought of belonging to Christ. That’s still a matter of voluntary faith and trust. But whether one believes it or not, the fact remains that Jesus has taken all of humanity to Himself and locked the door behind Him. There’s no getting out, and this reality will either be a “heaven” or a “hell” to you.

Jesus flushed sin and death down a bottomless toilet, once and for all. And He did this because of His unconditional and unfathomable love for all mankind.

14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. (2 Cor. 5:14 NKJV)

The point is, we’re all connected together. As Paul told the pagan Athenians, quoting their own poets, ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ (Acts 17:28). And if this is true of all mankind, it’s especially true of the body of Christ (believers).

Yet, Scripture does present us with a paradox in this regard. Paul said that we’re individually members of one another. Here are a few examples (emphasis added):

so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. (Rom. 12:5 NKJV)

27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. (1 Cor. 12:27 NASB)

25 Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. (Eph. 4:25 NKJV)

So there is an aspect where we are unique individuals, yet our uniqueness is never separated from everyone else.

It would be fair to ask, then, is there a practical way to understand this paradox? Actually, there is…mathematically. I think my favorite Quantum physicist, Nassim Haramein, can help us here. I’ve fast-forwarded the clip to where he makes this point using simple geometry (he uses the terms “finite” and “infinite”). Please watch this part first (up to about 5:30), and then we will look at the implications.

Like all analogies, this one is not perfect, but using Haramein’s illustration, we can view the outer circle as Christ (“infinite”), and everything inside this outer circle exists in Him (“finite”), yet all things have individually defined boundaries.

So, if these things are true, and both Scripture and science say that they are, how then should we see one another? How should being individually members of one another define and confine our freedom to do whatever we want? How are we better (or worse) than anyone else?

And who is our enemy if we’re commanded to love others as ourselves? And, by the way, Jesus used a Samaritan, who Israel saw as the most despicable and reprobate people on earth, to illustrate this kind of love (See Luke 10:25-37).

Furthermore, how are we to relate to other believers who we may not agree with? Do we separate ourselves and judge them as false because they’re not “us,” or do we appreciate our diversity, remembering that “the body is not one member, but many” (see 1 Cor. 12:12-31)? Can we see the value of our differences and the purposes of God in that?

21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” (1 Cor. 12:21 NASB)

Can we finally see the absurdity of being divisive when we’re all one in Christ? Jesus said to treat others as you would want to be treated (Matt.7:12). Why? Because we’re all individually members of one another!

Some things to think about as we all traverse the space-time continuum together.

NOTE: YouTube video provided by TRUTHandREALITY
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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 36 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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12 Responses to Individually members of one another

  1. “You are gods, and all of you are children of the Most High.” (Psalm 82:6) in other words there is only one Spirit and therefore we are essentially spiritual beings; individual expressions of the One.

  2. AfroScot says:

    “For in Him, we live and move and have our being”. Thanks Mel for reminding us that we are one body of Christ.

    • Mel Wild says:

      We all need reminding of this reality, especially when we’re in disagreement or want to separate ourselves from our brothers and sisters in Christ. Thanks for your input. Blessings.

  3. “Can we finally see the absurdity of being divisive when we’re all one in Christ?” Oh, I pray we do, Mel. When we argue and focus on dividing, we aren’t abiding in Him. If we were, we couldn’t possibly seek to divide.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen, Susan. If we followed Jesus and started loving one another instead of having to be right, we would start showing the world that we’re His disciples (John 13:35). And we would finally see that divisiveness is carnality, as Paul said.

    • It is our destiny as disciples of christ to become Spiritual Warriors; and one of the greatest weapons of a SW is a good sense of humour. It is a strength beyond all measure. Let us pray for humour, so that we overcome these absurdity. One of the funniest and wisest books of christian literature is certainly the “Screwtape letters” from C.S. Lewis.

      “Humour is…the all-consoling and…the all-excusing, grace of life.”
      ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

      Greetings from germany,
      mark

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen, Mark. That is very true. Humor confounds the enemy and comes against fear. On its gracious qualities, humor can also become like a parable to us, getting us to consider what we hold on to in a way we wouldn’t normally be open to hearing. This is why I think we can learn a lot from our antagonists through their satire of us. A lot of it is funny…and true! And it helps us see our own absurdities we might be blind to otherwise.
      Thanks for your comments. Blessings to you in Germany!

  4. Mel, I LOVE THIS POST! I can’t even spell quantum physicist without a dictionary, let alone understand it. I had to watch the whole video twice (I was fascinated) and take notes. I think I was able to soak up a few points he made. I’m going to write a post or two from that video and your post and include a link right in the blog to this post of yours. I wrote a post in 2014 about God’s infinite creation in space. I’ve always been fascinated by this: Whether you go to the deepest reaches of God’s universe, or explore the human body at the micro level, space is dominant. As you go out into the universe, things get farther and farther apart. And as you explore our bodies, the particles get further and further apart, as he said. Here’s a link to that post I wrote on space in 2014.
    https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/insignificant-signifigance/

    • Mel Wild says:

      I can barely spell it either, but it’s cool! 🙂 That video was part two in a series of videos. It’s fascinating stuff. What’s really interesting to me is that quantum physics is catching up to what God has always said, and what we’ve only understood by faith…that the world we cannot see frames the world we can see (Heb.11:3). Science and faith are converging in a fascinating way. Pretty exciting.
      I will check out your post when I get a chance, too. Blessings.

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