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Doctrinal View of Unity

Pauls’ New Doctrinal View of Unity

The Gift of grace of forgiveness, reconciliation, and acceptance as members of the family of God started to overshadow the old notion of servanthood and transform the lives of the people of Faith to the fulfillment of the promise of more excellent Hope. Paul’s vision of unity among his new converts to Christ set boundaries to safeguard against infiltrators to protect their converts from being snatched out of their hands.

These practices of proselyting their converts to Judaism upsets Paul; in addition, the apostles of Christ and their followers were also actively sharing the teachings of Jesus Christ when they heard that the Gentiles were easy to evangelize, which led to conversion. Paul introduced his new religion with hard work, only to be taken away. It was not acceptable to Paul, and he swung to more radically motivated teaching on Circumcision, from the doctrine of Circumcision to un-circumcise or non-removal of a man’s foreskin. No one is constrained by ethnic diversity, division, or boundaries, and all differences no longer exist because of being one in Christ, Christians as the seed of Abraham through grafting. The religious beliefs of the old covenant become a new culture. Paul protects the community of Jewish Christians from possible indoctrination by other groups like the Judaists.

Paul declares that the People of God rise above or beyond kindness and humbleness, bound with togetherness and equipped with knowledge, understanding, and wisdom by theĀ  Spirit of God. Paul establishes that the social divides in the ancient Greco-Roman and Jewish world were non-functional and unproductive in Christ. “There is no longer Jew or Greek; there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

We Live free in this hopeful age in the grace of God through the work of Christ against the evil force roaming around to devour anyone, especially those out-of-focus believers. Even though the focus of Paul’s letter to the Galatians was specific to people, as he mentioned, Greek represents the Gentiles literally. At the same time, it is open for discussion; let us be gentle not to confuse the hearer.

Let us Unite and stand with one  Hope, one Prayer calling the name of the LORD Yahweh, and the gates of heaven will open to hear us, faithfully expecting an answered prayer. “Welcome my sons and daughters to our Homecoming.” To God be the glory.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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