In the Bible study I host on a Wednesday night we have been studying the fascinating and informative letter of Paul to the Ephesians. At present we are in Chapter 2, which deals with one of the transformative effects of the cross, namely a new humanity, a new unity forged through the cross of Christ.
This new humanity is brought together as a new community that is without division, distinction, discrimination of segregation. It is one united homogenous community of God’s people. As we gather today at church, we will be celebrating our International Sunday. Our church now has at least 20 different nationalities. We are a very diverse cosmopolitan congregation, representative of the multi-cultural make up of 21st C Auckland. I have no doubt that our Lord is pleased with what He sees at G.P.C. as this is what He died to establish. This is also what He prayed for in the high priestly prayer of John 17. God’s redeemed community is represented, not by one race or ethnic group, but rather by every diverse culture from every corner of the world, made up of all people who seek salvation in the God-man Jesus Christ.
Let us do all we can to promote and foster gospel unity in our church, that the world may see the new community that is only possible because of the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross. He was crucified at a crossroads outside of Jerusalem that He may be the accessible saviour to all people the world over. God wants all people everywhere to come to salvation in Christ.
1 Tim 2:4 God wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.