TEXT: 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
John Piper said, “The church is not called to be responsible for the way unbelievers run their lives. But we are called to be responsible, by the power of the Spirit and for the glory of Jesus, for the way believers live and the kind of relationships that are cultivated in the fellowship of the church.”
In our last message began looking at how all Christians are on level ground before God, whether they be Jew or Gentile, black or white. We looked at how we are all integral parts of the body of Christ, regardless of our differences, and how we should all work together in unity to advance the cause of Christ.
Now let’s look at the effect that being saved has on the Christian’s life.
There is a lot of talk in society about “white privilege” and “underprivileged” racial minorities in America and other white-majority countries. This concept claims that white people have certain unofficial social benefits when dealing with people and authorities in various contexts, while the racial minorities receive the bare minimum, or the opposite treatment. Regardless of your opinion on this concept, social classes, whether they are based upon wealth, race, or both, are a fact of life. They have been a fact of life from almost the beginning of humanity. Even animals have social classes of sorts. However, this passage shows us that Christians should not have social classes within the Church. This is because we have all been baptized into the body of Christ and have drunk into the one Holy Spirit.
When we have accepted Christ, thus being baptized in the Spirit, we are all placed on level ground, because God sees beyond racial and social classes. The Jews, who have been God’s chosen people and still have a role to play as His chosen people in the future, saw themselves as a higher special class than the “Greeks”, who had not been chosen by God. After the death and resurrection of Christ, however, both a Jew and a Greek can accept Christ as Saviour and be equal members of the body of Christ. Similarly, both the bond and the free are equal in Christ. In Paul’s day, this meant that both the slave and the slavemaster would be equal before Christ, regardless of their very different social statuses. We might bring this into the modern era by saying that a Christian supermarket employee is just as loved by God as a Christian businessperson who owns the entire supermarket chain.
When we have accepted Christ as Saviour, we ought to be able to see all Christians as equal brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. We ought to treat them with respect and Godly love, regardless of race or class. In this way we exemplify the spirit of God on earth.
M. S. Lowndes wrote:
Why, O Lord, is there much division
Within the body of Christ?
For we have become sisters and brothers,
So why is there so much strife?
It seems to me there’s much debating,
Arguing to and fro,
The Bible implores us to be united
And the love of God to show
Though at times we need to correct error,
We do so in the spirit of love
Refuse to give in to an unholy battle,
Remember Christ’s spilled blood
For Jesus gave His life for us,
Uniting us by His grace,
So we should put aside our weapons,
For to Him, they are a disgrace
The only weapons we must be armed with
Are the weapons of the Lord
And the only real enemy that we have
Is Satan and his hordes
We must gird ourselves with God’s compassion
And see others as He does
If we would only pray for each other,
There’ll only be room for God’s love.
If you are a Christian listening today, here are three things you need to do:
1. Confess and repent of your own sins. You already know what they are.
2. Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ to repent of their sins and get back to their first love
3. Pray for souls to be saved, and do your part by witnessing to the lost.
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.