A Community of Natural Enemies

The reason there are so many exhortations in the New Testament for Christians to love other Christians is because the church itself is not made up of natural ‘friends’. It is made up of natural enemies. What binds us together is not common income levels, common politics, common nationality, common accents, common jobs, or anything of that sort. Christians come together not because they form a natural collocation, but because they have all been saved by Jesus Christ and owe him a common allegiance. In this light we are a band of natural enemies who love one another for Jesus’ sake. That is the only reason why John 13.34-35 makes sense when Jesus says: ‘A new command I give you — Love one another as I have loved you…’ Christian love will stand out and bear witness to Jesus because it is a display, for Jesus’ sake, of mutual love among social incompatibles.

from D.A. Carson, Love in Hard Places (Wheaton: Crossway, 2002).

 

I pray this is seen and experienced at Immanuel Baptist Church!

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