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Psalm 133: Life Together in Jesus Family

So we, though many, are one body in Christ, 

and individually members one of another.

Romans 12:5

 

There are in the New Testament roughly 100 places where the word allelos, usually translated “one another” is used. Beginning with Jesus’ command in John 13:34–35, the apostles develop a vision of church life that presses people of different backgrounds to follow Christ with one another. Using dozens of metaphors, the church is described as a body, a bride, a priesthood, a temple, a household, and a family.

In these word pictures, the One Another’s function as the imperatives that call brothers and sisters to get along in the Lord. Elbows and earlobes are called to honor one another in the body of Christ. Jews and Gentiles are taught that they who were once divided are united in the one new man.

Over the next six weeks we are going to examine the idea of “One Anothering” in a series called Life Together. The church of Jesus Christ ought to do more than structure itself correctly; it ought to live with one another such that the Spirit of Christ is at work among us.

Right polity, right ordinances, right membership are put in place to create an environment where members can flourish. They are not ends in themselves but straight and sturdy trellises that allow the branches to bear fruit on the vine.

We need both the structures of the church and the spiritual life of Christ in the church. Spiritual fruit requires both. For the last few months we’ve looked at The Church: Christ and the Bride. Starting Sunday we will examine a handful of the One Another passages to see what life together ought to look like.

This immediate Sunday, to lay a foundation for our series on the One Anothers, we will consider Psalm 133:1–3.

A SONG OF ASCENTS. OF DAVID.
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.

 

Take a few minutes to meditate on how good and pleasant it is when the church in Christ dwells together in unity.

For His Glory and your joy, Pastor David