There is one body…
Regarding this verse, John Calvin stated:
“We are called to one inheritance and one life;
and hence it follows, that we cannot obtain eternal life without living in
mutual harmony in this world. One divine
invitation being addressed to all, they ought to be united in the same
profession of faith, and to render every kind of assistance to each other. Oh, were this thought deeply impressed upon
our minds, that we are subject to a law which no more permits the children of
God to differ among themselves than the kingdom of heaven to be divided, how
earnestly should we cultivate brotherly kindness!”
“One of the great Christian leaders of the late twentieth century, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Cape Town, used to spend several hours in prayer very early in the morning. Nor was prayer forgotten for the rest of the day. A friend of mine who travelled around with him described how, wherever they went, whatever new thing they were doing, Desmond would pause and pray.
The Western church has perhaps allowed itself to be lulled into thinking that prayer and action are at opposite ends of the scale of Christian activity. On the contrary. Those who want their actions to be effective for God’s kingdom – as Desmond Tutu’s undoubtedly were – should redouble their time and effort in prayer. Prayer brings together love and power: the relation of love that grows up between God and the person who prays, and the flowing of power from God to, and especially through, that person.” – N.T. Wright, Paul for Everyone: The Prison Letters, p. 39.
I’m guessing this will be the biggest seller of the year….
Should be a fun read.