Preached during the morning service on 23 March 2020 by .
- Sermon series: Thoughts during Covid 19
- Bible passage: Ephesians 4. 4-16
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CHAPEL THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
John 17:20 — ‘I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will
believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, just as
you Father, are in Me, and I in You.’
Recommended reading: Ephesians 4:4-16
One of the most encouraging aspects of the fellowship at
Wellington Chapel is the unity we have and the support we give to
each other. I pray that will continue in the days ahead.
This morning I want to consider our unity in Christ and tomorrow
our unity with each other.
If we are to look out for the unity in Christ’s church, we are to seek
lost souls; to seek out those who are to believe in Him. We cannot
bring the increase, but we must sow the seed by using the gifts God
has given to each one of us.
We will never see the church complete as long as one soul is left
unsaved for whom Jesus poured out His precious blood. Unless
these people are saved, the church is not perfect and complete.
I love to read the last verses in Hebrews chapter 11. The writer of
this letter lists some of the great giants of the faith. Some names
in this chapter may surprise you, but all were commended for their
faith, yet none received what had been promised. God had planned
and provided something better for us so that only together with us
would they be made perfect.
That is truly astounding!
We are included in that great company of believers and we are in it
together with Moses, Abraham, David, Samuel and a host more. We
will inherit the heavenly kingdom with them. I feel so unworthy of
this honour, but the inspired writer assures us this is so.
What this verse is saying is that, saints in heaven cannot be perfect
until we get there! Yes, they are part of the body, but not the whole
body. They cannot be perfect as a flock until the rest of the sheep
Christian unity is like conversion in that it is not of blood, nor of the
will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
How vast the benefits divine which we in Christ possess!
We are redeemed from sin and shame
and called to holiness.
Not for the works that we have done —
all these to him are owed;
but he of his electing love
salvation has bestowed.
To you alone, O Lord, is due
all glory and renown:
praise to ourselves we dare not take,
or rob you of your crown.
You were yourself our guarantor
in God’s redemption plan;
in you his grace was given us
before the world began.
Safe in the arms of sovereign love
we ever shall remain;
not all the rage of earth or hell
can make your promise vain.
So none of all your chosen ones
shall fail your heaven to gain;
here they will share abounding grace,
and there with Jesus reign.
Augustus M Toplady, 1740-78
and Dewey Westra, 1899-1979
CCLI – 1050955