The Red Letter Words of Jesus: ".....that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." (John 17:21)
"For just as the body is one and has many members, and all members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. ...Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it." (1 Cor. 12:12, 27).
"May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 15:5-6).
1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.4 There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were called-- 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:1-6) .
I became interested in the concept of the Mystical Body of Christ several years ago. When Christians come together in Praise, there is the Church. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). "But as it is," Paul explains, "God arranged the organs in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single organ, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body." (1 Cor. 12:18-20). With so many traditions, belief systems and Christian denominational churches in the world, it seems that if we all pray together in his Mystical Body, than we become one church in him who loves us and gave his life for us.
During prayer and praise, Christians enter into Christ and become the Mystical Body of Christ; with Jesus as it's head and we as its members. This than is the universal church. In Acts, Luke refers to "the church" as something that was vibrant and very visable.
Saul the Pharisee fell to the ground and heard a voice saying: "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" From his conversion, St. Paul develops the mystical body of Christ that we as Christians enter into. In 1 Corinthians ch. 12, St Paul says that all believers who are united to Christ are one body in Christ. Christians therefore participate in the divine nature, and become a new creation in Christ. Ephesians 2:19-22, St. Paul describes how the Church is built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone. This "building" is the Church that is growing, and is still growing, into a Holy Temple in the Lord. He speaks of the Church as a dwelling of God, in the Spirit.
We the blind, the maimed, the poor, the lame, call out to him, and we say "Our Lord and our God" and he accepts us wherever we are at. He called us to repentance and to believe in him. He forgives us our sins. He calls us to pick up our Cross and follow him. He leaves us the commandment to love one another, as he loved us. He asks that we let our light so shine before men that others see our good works and give glory to God our Father.
To be worthy of being his disciples, we are called to live out the faith we profess, and to bear much fruit for the Kingdom of God. Let them say: "These Christians, see how they love one another." Our Light can shine so brightly because we can do anything when we are In Christ.