A Kingdom United

I am fond of pointing out that those who wish to be called Christians should be known as such by the fact that they follow the teachings of Jesus and exemplify what He taught. However, I have noticed that one of his greatest students is certainly not a Christian at all, but is our old ancient foe, the devil. Let me explain. Jesus taught His disciples that a kingdom divided against its self could not stand. It is reasonable to believe that He expected us, His followers, to use this as a strategy against that wily old devil. Yet history has proven that satan has been pretty adept at using this strategy of Jesus against the kingdom of light. The apostle Paul dealt with this very issue in the Corinthian church.

“For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it”. 1 Cor 11:18

He went on to explain the total sacrifice that Jesus made so that we could be made one body in Him, and that we would be the bread of life to the hungry world. In explaining the table of communion he was exhorting them on the spiritual significance of understanding the power behind the cup and the bread to our lives. The communion, or “common union,” is representative of fellowship with the Lord and with one another. There is power in partaking of communion, or fellowship with one another, with the elements of Christ’s sacrifice and victory over sin. When we allow the elements of fellowship to influence us we have unity and advanced power over the kingdom of darkness and all its power. When we allow division between us it allows darkness to advance and we feel the effects in the body and in our bodies. We must properly discern the Lord’s body, whose body we are.

“Therefore, whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world”. 1 Cor 11:27-32

Today judgment hangs on the breeze. The Lord is not slack concerning His promises. If we will judge our ownselves and repent of any of the works of the flesh and the associated effects we will have unity not only with Him but also with one another. We have access to the best health care in the universe which comes from discerning the body of Christ, which is available to all who call upon his name. If we unite, the kingdom of darkness will be divided.

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin”. 1 John 1:7
“And being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled”. 2 Cor 10:6

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