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Lesson 6 - Images of Unity

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Overall Question:  What are some pictures that God tries to draw in our minds so we can understand unity better?

Memory Text: 1 Corinthians 12:12 New International Version Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.

 

Sunday – The People of God

1 Peter 2:9 New Century Version But you are a chosen people, royal priests, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession. You were chosen to tell about the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9 COMMENTARY BY ADAM CLARKE They [the Jews] were also a peculiar people, a purchased people; a private property, belonging to God Almighty, none other having any right in them, and they being under obligation to God alone. All these things the apostle applies to the Christians, to whom indeed they belong, in their spirit and essence, in such a way as they could not belong to the Hebrews of old.  But they were called to this state of salvation out of darkness - idolatry, superstition, and ungodliness, into his marvelous light - the Gospel dispensation, which, in reference to the discoveries it had made of God, his nature, will, and gracious promises towards mankind, differed as much from the preceding dispensation of the Jews, as the light of the meridian sun from the faint twinkling of a star.  And they had these privileges that they might show forth the praises of Him who had thus called them; the virtues, those perfections of the wisdom, justice, truth, and goodness of God, that shone most illustriously in the Christian dispensation.  These they were to exhibit in a holy and useful life, being transformed into the image of God, and walking as Christ himself walked.

Exodus 19:5-6 New Living Translation 5 Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. 6 And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.”

Deuteronomy 4:20 Common English Bible But the Lord took you and brought you out of that iron furnace, out of Egypt, so that you might be his own treasured people, which is what you are right now.

Deuteronomy 7:6 Good News Translation Do this because you belong to the Lord your God. From all the peoples on earth he chose you to be his own special people.

Deuteronomy 7:6-8 Easy-to-Read Version 6 Do this because you are the Lord’s own people. From all the people on earth, the Lord your God chose you to be his special people—people who belong only to him. 7 Why did the Lord love and choose you? It was not because you are such a large nation. You had the fewest of all people! 8 But the Lord brought you out of Egypt with great power and made you free from slavery. He freed you from the control of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. The Lord did this because he loves you and he wanted to keep the promise he made to your ancestors.

 

Monday – The Household of God

Ephesians 2:19-22 English Standard Version 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens [or sojourners], but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by [or in] the Spirit.

Ephesians 2:19 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Of the household. That is, members of the family, kinsfolk. They have the privileges of protection, sustenance, and fellowship. God is at once King of the citizens and Father of the family. They are no longer sojourners or guests; they are now permanent residents.

 

Tuesday – The Temple of the Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Common English Bible 16 Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and God’s Spirit lives in you? 17 If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person, because God’s temple is holy, which is what you are.

1 Corinthians 3:16 COMMENTARY BY ALBERT BARNES Among the heathen, also, temples were regarded as sacred. They were supposed to be inhabited by the divinity to whom they were dedicated. They were regarded as inviolable. Those who took refuge there were safe. It was a crime of the highest degree to violate a temple, or to tear a fugitive who had sought protection there from the altar. So the apostle says of the Christian community. They were regarded as his temple --God dwelt among them--and they should regard themselves as holy, and as consecrated to his service. And so it is regarded as a species of sacrilege to violate the temple, and to devote it to other uses.

 

Wednesday – The Body of Christ

1 Corinthians 12:12-26 Contemporary English Version 12 The body of Christ has many different parts, just as any other body does. 13 Some of us are Jews, and others are Gentiles. Some of us are slaves, and others are free. But God’s Spirit baptized each of us and made us part of the body of Christ. Now we each drink from that same Spirit. 14 Our bodies don’t have just one part. They have many parts. 15 Suppose a foot says, “I’m not a hand, and so I’m not part of the body.” Wouldn’t the foot still belong to the body? 16 Or suppose an ear says, “I’m not an eye, and so I’m not part of the body.” Wouldn’t the ear still belong to the body? 17 If our bodies were only an eye, we couldn’t hear a thing. And if they were only an ear, we couldn’t smell a thing. 18 But God has put all parts of our body together in the way that he decided is best. 19 A body isn’t really a body, unless there is more than one part. 20 It takes many parts to make a single body. 21 That’s why the eyes cannot say they don’t need the hands. That’s also why the head cannot say it doesn’t need the feet. 22 In fact, we cannot get along without the parts of the body that seem to be the weakest. 23 We take special care to dress up some parts of our bodies. We are modest about our personal parts, 24 but we don’t have to be modest about other parts. God put our bodies together in such a way that even the parts that seem the least important are valuable. 25 He did this to make all parts of the body work together smoothly, with each part caring about the others. 26 If one part of our body hurts, we hurt all over. If one part of our body is honored, the whole body will be happy.

1 Corinthians 12:13 COMMENTARY FAMILY BIBLE NOTES to drink of one Spirit. By his operation on our hearts, we become united in spirit to Christ the head and to one another as members of his spiritual body the church.

1 Corinthians 12:23 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY The face, which is left uncovered, is considered to be naturally comely, whereas other parts of the body are attractively clothed. This seems to teach that those members of the church less endowed with spiritual gifts than are others, should not be despised or treated with condescension. The lesser gifts in the church should not be lightly esteemed, but should be treated with greater consideration and care, because they are indispensable to the whole body.

 

Thursday – Sheep and Shepherd

John 10:1-11 Holman Christian Standard Bible “I assure you: Anyone who doesn’t enter the sheep pen by the door but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The doorkeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. 5 They will never follow a stranger; instead they will run away from him, because they don’t recognize the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus gave them this illustration, but they did not understand what He was telling them. 7 So Jesus said again, “I assure you: I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me[a] are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 10:3 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY His own sheep. This phrase implies that there were other flocks besides his own that were sheltered there. Perhaps two or three flocks were housed in a single enclosure. Only the sheep belonging to the shepherd would respond to his call. In Oriental lands today several flocks bivouac together at night, and in the morning each shepherd sets out in a different direction, calling out to his sheep.

Psalm 23 New International Reader’s Version 1 The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need. 2 He lets me lie down in fields of green grass. He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths for the honor of his name. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid. You are with me. Your shepherd’s rod and staff comfort me. 5 You prepare a feast for me right in front of my enemies. You pour oil on my head. My cup runs over. 6 I am sure that your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. And I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

 

Friday – Further Thought (Other Images of the Church)

1 Timothy 3:15 New English Translation in case I am delayed, to let you know how people ought to conduct themselves in the household of God, because it is the church of the living God, the support and bulwark of the truth.

1 Timothy 3:15 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY In a day when Christians did not own church buildings the thought that God was nevertheless in their midst, both personally and collectively, was profoundly reassuring. A building cannot reflect a “living God,” but a converted Christian can. Thus, God’s church is primarily the spiritual union of all its converted membership, whether worshiping in the same room or separated by great distances.

2 Timothy 2:3-5 God’s Word Translation 3 Join me in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 Whoever serves in the military doesn’t get mixed up in non-military activities. This pleases his commanding officer. 5 Whoever enters an athletic competition wins the prize only when playing by the rules.

2 Timothy 2:3 COMMENTARY BY ALBERT BARNES Soldiers often endure great privations. Taken from their homes and friends; exposed to cold, or heat, or storms, or fatiguing marches; sustained on coarse fare, or almost destitute of food, they are often compelled to endure as much as the human frame can bear, and often, indeed, sink under their burdens and die. If, for reward or their country's sake, they are willing to do this, the soldier of the cross should be willing to do it for his Savior’s sake, and for the good of the human race. Hence, let no man seek the office of the ministry as a place of ease. Let no one' come into it merely to enjoy himself. Let no one enter it who is not prepared to lead a soldier's life, and to welcome hardship and trial as his portion.

1 Peter 2:9 Easy-to-Read Version But you are his chosen people, the King’s priests. You are a holy nation, people who belong to God. He chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He brought you out of the darkness of sin into his wonderful light.

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The Wanderer
1 hour ago, james423 said:

1 Timothy 3:15 New English Translation in case I am delayed, to let you know how people ought to conduct themselves in the household of God, because it is the church of the living God, the support and bulwark of the truth.

1 Timothy 3:15 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY In a day when Christians did not own church buildings the thought that God was nevertheless in their midst, both personally and collectively, was profoundly reassuring. A building cannot reflect a “living God,” but a converted Christian can. Thus, God’s church is primarily the spiritual union of all its converted membership, whether worshiping in the same room or separated by great distances.

PTL!!

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