Like-Minded

“Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Romas 15:5-6)

If we want to glorify God, we must be like-minded in the Truth of the Word of God, and obey it. We must not fall for what man believes is correct interpretation of God’s Word, which has already caused division in Jesus’ church. Why would a non-believer want to trust, or join, what they view as a religion that has so many divisions and doctrines?

We Christians have fallen into Christian relativism where everyone believes that interpretation of God’s Word is left up to each individual and everyone who is like-minded in interpretation stick together.  This is why we have so many denominations, which, by the way, are never mentioned in God’s Word. Each one claims to be correct leaving the lost scratching their heads.

There are very few passages in God’s Word that require interpretation. Even so, God has a way of clarifying His own Word as we read and study His it every day. However, for us to truly understand the Truth of God’s Word we must remember to do at least these four      things before we even open God’s Word:

  1. Confess our sin before the Lord so that He will be able to speak to us. unconfessed and unreported sin prohibits God to reveal His truths to us (John 9:31).
  2. Ask God to help us forget everything we think we know about His Word so that He can fill us with His truth, not what we believe is truth.
  3. Remain in a posture of prayer as we read, asking the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom, understanding, and discernment.
  4. Read the entire book of God’s Word, to find the context and true meaning of each verse.

God, through the Apostle Paul, says that, as Christians, we have but one Teacher, the Holy Spirit:

“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will[a] abide in Him (1 John 2:27).”

Why is it important for Christians to know the Truth of God’s word? God gives us a clear answer:

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).”

In order for us as Christians to become more relative and influential in today’s society, and truly glorify God, we must be unified in the Truth of God’s Word. We must practice and teach only what God says is true.

In Christ’s Love,

Phil