UNITY OF THE FAITH
John 17:20-22 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are one in me and I am in you. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one.”
The Scene: The holy sacraments- one of the tenets of the faith, of the Christian Church.
1 Corinthians 10:17 “Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are the one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.”
1 Corinthians 1:10 “I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united.”
Jesus, from the beginning,wanted and expected the church to be one with Him and the Father.
Matthew 26:25b-26 ” While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,’Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying,’Drink from it all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'”
The holy sacraments are to be taken as spiritual food and as a unifier of the faithful.
John 6:51 “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I give for the life of the world.”
John 6:35 “Then Jesus declared,’I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.'”
The Church cannot be the Church without the cleansing of the blood of Jesus the Christ of Nazareth.
Hebrews 9:22 “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
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