Identity in Christ Transcends Divisions of Humanity

“Whoever is in Christ, is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). When you are in Christ, and you are a new creation, by that very redemptive act of God’s sovereign grace that has transferred you out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light, to use just one of the biblical metaphors, by that very act you have been made a member, you have been incorporated into a new community, into a new family, the Church of Jesus Christ, which is an international, interethnic community of the redeemed. That is always very important to emphasize because we have to provide evidence to our world of divisions, animosities and enmities, so many of them ethnically and racially based as the apostle Paul so splendidly explains in 2 Corinthians 5 and almost in ingenious terms in Ephesians 2, that is that we having been reconciled with God through Christ we are members of that new reconciled community and that there is this new identity that makes us transcend the divisions of humanity that are very often exploited by political leaders and especially those who have ambitions to enlarge their territories regardless of human cost. In our world where we have some 40+ wars going on right now it is very important that we show not only to the nations but also to conflicting religions, authentic and credible witness and practice the reconciling gospel of Jesus Christ, showing that we don’t serve some kind of tribal God, that our God is neither a private deity which is sometimes a problem of evangelical reductionism that people view God as their personal, private saviour who meets their interior, spiritual and emotional needs and forget that he is the LORD God Almighty, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, the Lord of the nations, the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last and that he is the Reconciler of the world, not just of individuals. ” – Peter Kuzmič on reconciliation and identity in the Balkans

One thought on “Identity in Christ Transcends Divisions of Humanity

  1. Thanks for this quote. It’s relevant to what we’re thinking through now as a mission (WEC International) in an awareness that we are more than multi-cultural but are intercultural (or interethnic as Peter Kuzmic says). This is who we are to be in the body of Christ, and this is our witness to the world.

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