Thursday, January 10, 2019

Barclay on conversion: fellowship

Thursday, January 10, 2019
    Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
    —1 Corinthians 10:17 (NIV)
    [Continued from yesterday]
    A conversion is incomplete if it does not leave one integrated into the Church. By this we do not mean any particular part of the Church; what we do mean is that conversion must leave one linked in loving fellowship with one’s fellow believers. Conversion is not something simply between a man and Jesus Christ, with no other person involved. True, it may start in that way; but it cannot end in that way.
    Conversion is not individualistic. It is in fact the opposite. It joins man to his fellow men, and certainly does not separate him from them. [Continued tomorrow]
    ... William Barclay (1907-1978), In the Hands of God, New York: Harper & Row, 1967, Westminster Press, 1981, p. 40 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 10:17; Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12,27; Eph. 1:22-23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, inhabit the fellowship of Your people.
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