Paul speaks of Christian unity in 1 Corinthians 10:14-17. As I was reading this passage, it occurred to me that he’s not writing about church unity so much as he does elsewhere. He uses the word “we” a lot in these passages, as in me and you. We together are united by Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter what church you belong to. If you are a Christian, you are united with like-minded Christians of other churches.
1 Corinthians 10:14-17 “Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.”
It is Jesus Christ who unites us. This is symbolized by our partaking of communion: the bread and the cup which represent the body and blood of Jesus. In spite of all the things that makes us different, and in spite of some disagreements over minor doctrine, we are in the same family with other Christians. And we being united make up the body of Christ. Without our voice, Jesus has no voice in the world.
There are many people today who profess to be Christian, but live a life that is contrary. I will not judge them because only they and the Lord knows their heart. My point for saying that is that we should be skeptical of those who say one thing with their mouth, and another thing with their feet. By saying they are Christian, they say that they are of the same bones and blood of Jesus Christ, and of you. The way they live expresses to the world a picture of Jesus Christ which they portray. We ought to be concerned about what kind of picture is presented of Jesus, and of us. Likewise, we should be concerned by the image we portray to the world of who Jesus really is. When the world sees us, let them see who Jesus really is.