Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 14, 2018

“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 3:31-35.

“Then His mother and His brothers *arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him.  A crowd was sitting around Him, and they *said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You.”  Answering them, He *said, “Who are My mother and My brothers?”  Looking about at those who were sitting around Him, He *said, “Behold My mother and My brothers!  For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.”  Mark 3:31-35.

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Today’s Scripture does not teach that we can ignore and not provide for our family.  “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”  1 Timothy 5:8.

Instead, today’s Scripture teaches that there is a close and deep and spiritual relationship between fellow Christians that can be comparable to the relationship between family members.

And, today’s Scripture does not teach that this relationship between fellow Christians is based on the works of fellow Christians.

Instead, today’s Scripture teaches that we can identify fellow Christians, not just based on their claim to be a Christian, but we can identify fellow Christians by their fruit. 

“You will know them by their fruits.  Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?  So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  So then, you will know them by their fruits.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.”  Matthew 7:16-21.

“By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious:  anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.”  1 John 3:10.

The relationship between fellow Christians is based on the work of the Holy Spirit.  “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.”  1 Corinthians 12:13.  There is “… the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;  one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”  Ephesians 4:3-5.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God;  and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”  1 John 4:7.

“We love, because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:19.

“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”  Ephesians 4:1-3.


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