Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Kurosaki: committed to Jesus alone

Wednesday, October 11, 2023
    Commemoration of Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675
    And [the Son] is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
    —Colossians 1:18 (NIV)
    [Continued from yesterday]
    Even the Bible itself is interpreted and understood in various ways and often becomes the cause of sectarianism. In the same way, dogmas and creeds cannot bring Christian unity, because human minds are not so uniformly created that they can unite in a single dogma or creed. Even our understanding of Christ Himself cannot be the basis of unity, because He is too big to be understood fully by any one person or group. Our limited understandings do not always coincide. One emphasizes this point about Christ, another that, and this again becomes the cause of division.
    Only as we take our fellowship with Christ as the center of Christian faith, will all Christians realize their oneness... Is not our fellowship, however varied, with the same Lord? Is not the same Savior our one Head?
    ... Kokichi Kurosaki (1886-1970), One Body in Christ, Kobe, Japan: Eternal Life Press, 1954, ch. 5 (see the book)
    See also Col. 1:18; John 6:63; 17:22-23; 20:28; Rom. 10:9; 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 8:5-6; 12:13; Eph. 4:4-6; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 3:15; 1 John 4:2-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the true center.
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