Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in Christ
Part 13 of 14
Melchizedek may not take up a lot of space in the biblical story, but the priesthood he represents has eternal significance.
We are united to Christ; the living stones are joined to the cornerstone. In that way the church becomes the true house of God. Peter’s language is corporate. He thinks of the spiritual temple, not as the body of an individual believer, but as the body of believers, the company of those who are joined to Christ.
– Edmund Clowney (1917 – 2005)
We live in a society that values individualism and independence. We live in an age that is perhaps the most individualistic ever. For God’s children, independence is not the ideal toward which we strive. When Christians grow properly, they don’t grow alone.
The Nature of the Dispute:
We recently refinanced our house. The old contract expired, the new contract is now signed, so the new terms are in effect. God promised long ago that He would enter into a New Covenant or new agreement with Israel, which He has initiated through Jesus Christ, and which we may enter into today.
It is inevitable: All institutions change leaders from time to time:
The ministry of the Old Testament priests was good. The ministry of Christ is both better and forever.