All Could Pos­si­bly Be One

Palawan Daily News - - Opinion - FOOD FOR THE SOUL | PAS­TOR AL­FREDO CAS

The Gospel of Paul pro­vides us with a win­dow into Je­sus’ im­me­di­ate con­cerns re­gard­ing the unity among the be­liev­ers in Gala­tia. “There is nei­ther Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor fe­male, for you are all one in Christ Je­sus.” Gala­tians 3:28. Look­ing into the hope of be­ing united comes from know­ing what we have in Je­sus – it is the love of the Fa­ther in Je­sus that could only bring us to­gether.

If we will only con­sider oth­ers first, there is no is­sue as to who is bet­ter or best among us. Con­sider the anal­ogy and par­al­lel­ism of Paul in 1 Corinthi­ans 12:14-17, “Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, be­cause I am not a hand, I do not be­long to the body, it would not for that rea­son cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, be­cause I am not an eye, I do not be­long to the body, it would not for that rea­son cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hear­ing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?

Verses 24-26 be­gan the con­clu­sion, while our pre­sentable parts need no spe­cial treat­ment. But God has com­bined the mem­bers of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lack it, so that there should be no di­vi­sion in the body, but that its part should have equal con­cern for each other. If one part suf­fers, ev­ery part suf­fers with it; if one part is hon­ored, ev­ery part re­joices with it.

Our el­derly tells us: (“Ang sakit sa kalingkingan dala ang buong katawan”) the pain in the least part of the body is pain in its en­tirety. Can your lips truly smile while there is wound in your small­est fin­ger? A per­son who in­flicted pain to his fel­low thought he or she is happy, is not psy­cho­log­i­cally sane. Re­venge?, Je­sus says its mine. Why don’t we just trust ev­ery­thing in God’s hand!

You might say, it is eas­ier said than done, I agree! But it will never be a re­al­ity if we keep on ar­gu­ing against this be­cause of per­sonal hurts in­curred. Je­sus ex­pe­ri­enced the cru­elest treat­ment in their time. That’s com­fort­ing! He en­dured it for us to em­u­late. And so He was re­warded by His Fa­ther with the suc­cess of re­deem­ing the hu­man fam­ily from the hands of cruel Satan. Why not give a try and seek the help of our Lord Je­sus. He ad­mon­ished, I have over­come the world, so we can through Him alone.

“There is nei­ther Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor fe­male, for you are all one in Christ Je­sus.” Gala­tians 3:28

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