2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
In order for the Christian Church to come to the fullness of her potential to fulfill her calling and purpose in the earth she must come to the unity of the faith, unto a perfect or mature man. In order for us to come into the unity of the faith, unto a perfect or mature man, we must all understand who we are, where we’ve come from and what our purpose is in the earth. The Church was meant to be the place that united all nations into the unity of the faith of Jesus Christ to fulfill our membership ministries in the earth (Ephesians 4:11-13). How does the church come into the unity of all nations to make them joyful in His house of prayer? In order for the church to come to this type of unity we must truly become the Church of God in Christ. Not the African-American denomination which is the largest African-American denomination in the world (COGIC– Church of God in Christ), but the Church of God must truly get in Christ.
A New Creation in Christ
The Church which is in Christ is actually a new race of people. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. When we are born again into the family of God and begin attending the church of God, we are coming, not to have church, not to have a good time, nor just to fellowship, but to become a new creation in Christ. We are coming to become a new race of people, complete with our particular distinctions and ethnic diversities and individuality within His body, the church. We are actually coming to be perfected in one, in order that we might be placed and positioned to fulfill our membership ministries and our national callings in the earth. Paul explained it like this in Ephesians 4:11-13 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till, we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
The Origin of Nations the Key to Reuniting the Nations
How do the nations with ethnic diversities, and cultural distinctions and particular and different strengths, weaknesses and purposes come into unity within one body? Firstly, we must understand the position we are called to fulfill within the body of Christ. Furthermore, we must understand that our individual and national destinies – where we’re going, and what we’re called to do as a people in the earth, is connected in some degree to our heritage in the earth – where we’ve come from in the earth. God always deals in geographic regions when dealing with people. People and their prophetic destinies and promises in scripture are always tied to a geographic region or plot of land. As many different people groups coming together in one body there are 3 main things we must come to understand if we’re going to come together and realize our individual, corporate and national destinies in Christ. When we do, we will realize our significance as a people, recognizing our need for one another, to come together into fullness. The 3 things we must understand are:
- Where we’ve come from as a people, both in heaven and the earth, not just heaven.
- We must know where our story and plight is in scripture.
- In understanding the origin of all people groups, we must understand that in the formation of the nations all people groups were originally created to be in unity in the earth.
The Origin of the Nations
To understand this origin of unity within the nations Acts 17:26 gives us a launching pad to explain how the nations were all made from one blood. We further see after the formation of the nations, how we were all separated at the tower of Babel. In that separation we’ve all gone on to have a separate place of habitation in the earth where we’ve developed our own individuality, and our own distinct culture. In that separation we’ve all had an appointed time of leadership in the earth where we developed and excelled over and above the other, instead of together and with the other in mind. In this appointed time we’ve all attempted to find God separated from each other. However, in our reconciliation we will all truly find God and the fullness of who we are by coming together in one body again to love God, and one another, even as we love ourselves and how God made us.
Acts 17:26 And he hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
These verses in Acts 17:26-28 say a lot. Firstly it says He hath made of one blood ALL nations. Secondly it says, ALL nations were made to dwell on ALL the face of the earth. Next it says He hath determined an appointed time of leadership in the earth for the nations. (I believe to develop their individual leadership traits). Next it says, there would be boundaries given for these nations to live within (I believe to form their individual identities and features). Next it says, these nations would seek after God within these boundaries, but they would not find him fully until THEY CAME TOGETHER to live, move and have their being in HIM. And lastly it says, we are ALL from Him, (his offspring) born and made with a certain individuality as an expression of His diversity. This scripture depicts for us the ultimate purpose and destiny of the scattering and consequential uniting of the nations in the beginning formation of the races, and at the end of the age. It depicts the purposes of our boundaries that were given, and the goal of our scattering over the expanse of the earth, with the eventual results of our coming together at the end of the age- that we would find the fullness of God in and through one another. Every race has a distinct purpose and destiny in the body of Christ, that will bring back Christ into the earth.
As stated earlier, we must know who we are, where we come from, and what we believe and why. 1. I’m a Christ one. 2. I’m a Black Man from Africa, brought to America for a purpose. 3. I’m an American. Many that are ignorant of the purpose of the gospel, make statements attempting to minimizing race, or color, many times out of not wanting to grapple with the plight, journey and affliction of racial groups that have more recent sufferings in their history, to bring forth their particular callings in Christ. But Christ is the God of the nation’s (races and colors), and He told us to disciple the nation’s into their destiny and purpose, in Matthew 28:19. To disciple the nations (races) we must know them and learn to understand who they are, what their purpose is and why they’ve been through what they’ve gone through. Everything we’ve been through is for what we’re about to go to
As people from different ethnicities, We’re not supposed have uniformity, but unity. There’s a difference. This unity cannot happen until we understand our distinct purpose in Christ. And we can’t understand our distinct purpose in God until we understand that we are distinct in God, we are different, with different callings and purposes. If you don’t know who you are and where you’re from, and where you’re going we cannot have unity. If I don’t understand who I am as a black man, where I am and where I’m going, my destiny in Christ, I can’t be united within the body of Christ with other nations (races).
Do you know you’re calling in Christ in the nation’s? Do you know the calling in Christ of other racial groups in the earth? If not, unity is not within your reach. And without this understanding you can’t pray with wisdom and revelation for me or you.
In order to unify we must begin with Reconciliation in Christ. Reconciliation is the healing of broken relationships. Unity is the working together of many members in these restored relationships. This is what the aforementioned scripture, Acts 17:28 is referring to when it says, Acts 17:26 And he hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: Acts 17:28 For in him WE live, and move, and have OUR being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
We must submit our flesh, our ethnicity to Christ, as well as what we’ve been through, what has happened to us and why. It all must be submitted to Christ. We must die to us and become New in him 2 Cor. 5:14-18. When we become New in him he will make sense of all we’ve been through and WHY, giving to us our purpose in him and then giving to us the ministry of reconciliation.
I’m Black ON PURPOSE. HE made me Black on purpose to fulfill a particular calling in the earth as A Black man. And I’m not supposed to forget what ethnicity I am. I’m supposed to submit it to HIM. YOU are the ethnicity you are ON PURPOSE. Skin color helps identify place of origin, place of origin helps identify purpose, our purpose helps identify our callings and our callings helps unite us.
Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling….
Oneness is many DIFFERENT members working together in unity as one body because of the many understanding their different calls.
If you don’t know where you come from, both in heaven and in earth, you probably don’t know where you’re going. In heaven I come from God, in the earth I come from Africa. If I understand my place of origin, from God and from man (Africa), I will understand my purpose. God will reveal it. Therefore, understanding my origin helps me understand my purpose, Understanding my purpose helps me understand my calling, and understanding my calling helps me unite with others, because my calling is not just for me but for others. because Jesus is coming back to the earth to rule and reign in Jerusalem, and every people group and region of the earth has a part to play in bringing Him back.
The moment I realized the purpose of the region’s of Africa in bringing Him back, and my part in that purpose, that’s when I began to really heal from the pain of racial oppression of past generations. God had a purpose for everything we’ve been through.
I can’t unite with you until I recognize what I’m called to do with you.
I can’t reconcile with you if I don’t know who I am. I won’t know who I am until I get in Christ, and have him make sense of my life. Reconciliation requires you knowing who you are in Christ. Unity requires you knowing what you’re called to do in Christ
RECONCILIATION happens when realize who we are in Christ. UNITY happens when we realize what our callings are in Christ. We must stop saying color (race, ethnicity) doesn’t matter. IT DOES. Jesus said, MY house shall be called a House of Prayer for ALL RACES. (NOT ONE RACE).
We can only be Gods house when we find out what our race is called to in the house and pray for one another to accomplish our distinct callings and purposes in Christ, so each people group is blessed by the other…….
Excerpt From chapter 7 my book Religion Racism and Reconciliation on Amazon.com
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