John 17:21 …that [Christians] may all be one …
The unbelieving world has with some success constructed an argument that Christians are utterly divided, but the world is altogether wrong about this. This half-truth has been bandied about for so long that some of Christ’s own followers are starting to believe it.
A study of the Lord’s Supper will show that Christians are remarkably united in the main points of doctrine of this sacrament:
- The Lord’s Supper was established by Jesus Christ Himself.
- The Lord’s Supper should be repeated.
- The Lord’s Supper is a proclamation of death, resurrection, and future return.
- The Lord’s Supper is a spiritual benefit to the believer.
- The Lord’s Supper is restricted to only followers of Christ.
- The Lord’s Supper represents the Lord’s Body.
Because born-again Believers are one in Christ they are all in basic agreement in their thoughts regarding the destiny of man, its doctrine of God (The Trinity), the Virgin birth, the necessity of salvation, the reliability and authority of the Holy Scriptures, the actual return of Jesus Christ, and all the other cardinal tenets of our faith. Christians may waver on details of these doctrines but we are surprisingly united in virtually all ways as born-again believers.
Most denominations, including Roman Catholics, have printed the Nicene Creed in their hymn books and we even sing the same songs each Sunday.
We are, in fact, one Body. We are indeed one in Christ.
Ironically, it is the unbelieving human race that is alienated from God, broken, and scattered. Its only hope of restoration consists of being united in one body, being joined together in one spirit, being one in Jesus Christ the Savior of the world.