Jack Reddekopp - Okotoks Special Meeting - Afternoon Meeting, December 17, 2006

Hymn 33, "Give of Your Best"

My thoughts have centered on the word, “One.”  I Corinthians 8:5-6, “For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many), but to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him.”  One God.  We live in an age when there are so many options, more than ever before and it is hard to choose.  God in His wisdom has made things so simple.  What He has planned and chosen, one option, is best, and is above all.  We can trust Him.  It’s in our best interests.  He knows all.

“Of God”…
all comes from what God has created.  It’s of Him, “of Whom are all things,” and one Lord Jesus Christ, "by Whom are all things.”  Our privileges are by Jesus.  By Jesus these things are made available to us.  Jesus is the only bridge for us from earth to heaven.  Man’s discoveries are so small in comparison to God’s provisions which last forever.

I Timothy 2:5, “for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the Man, Christ Jesus.”  Jesus was with God before the world was created, Genesis 1.  God sent Jesus to earth in a human body, to die, because He wants a family and has love to share.  Naturally, people want a family to love.  Jesus showed us how to love.  Jesus is now at God’s right hand.  God doesn’t need us but He wants us.  No sin will enter heaven.  There will only be sinners in heaven, but they will be repented sinners.

1 John 5:6-7, “This is He that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood.  And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.  For there are three that bear record in
heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are One."  God is in heaven; the Word (Jesus) is in heaven and the Holy Ghost (Spirit) is in heaven.  They are three distinct beings, all working together as one, all in agreement, all in line.  One body…Everything God made in natural creation is so we would understand the spiritual creation. God spoke from heaven, the Spirit descended on Jesus who came up out of the waters of baptism.  The three were all in agreement.   The trinity says all three are One but we can’t have a body with three heads. God and common sense go together.  The three on earth, the Holy Spirit, and the water (God’s Word) and the blood (the life) all need to line up.  The spirit has to agree with the water of His word.  The blood is the life.  Our life needs to line up with Jesus.  There is one Holy Spirit.  It will not contradict God’s Word.  There is one comforter and guide.  God has one word.  Hymn 272, "There’s not one word that has failed."  We can rely on it and it will lead us home. There is one Son.  John 14:6, “Jesus said unto him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.'”  Jesus didn’t say a way, a truth and a life, but He said the way, the truth and the life…singular.  God has given us a choice to serve Him and follow in the footsteps of Jesus.  God has not given us options.  It’s not a free-for-all and we get to heaven.  That’s the broad way of many ways.  The narrow way doesn’t allow for our own will, our own reasonings but for submission and labour.

II Corinthians 11:3-4, “I fear, lest by any means…your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  For if he that cometh preacheth any other Jesus, whom we have not preached…” There are many Jesus’ and many ways but One Jesus.  There’s the world’s Christ and the Lord’s Christ.  Many think Jesus is the hub and many ways or religions branching out, all of which lead to heaven.  It’s what I used to think, but this is not right thinking.  On the judgment day I won’t be doing the talking; God will.  It matters what God thinks about me.  Jesus is the hub.  We all come from different backgrounds, different religions, different ideals, different beliefs, different nationalities, etc., but we all leave our own thinking behind and come to Jesus and He will lead us.  When we follow the true Shepherd and submit, there will be joy, and peace and unity.

Ephesians 4:4-6, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”  This was written to the church at Ephesus and so he could say, “In you all.”  Take it or leave it, but don’t change it.  Jesus is the Head and every member is connected to one head.  One hand helps another because of being joined by one head.  Submission to the love and will of God makes for a beautiful body.  It’s alive, it’s true and it’s working because it is of God, and we love it.  It’s not new and improved; it’s a recipe we can follow.  The Truth of God will never be obsolete, like so many things that become outdated.  It’s perfect.

Unity is from God.  Adults make the simple complicated; God and children make complicated things simple.  We’re thankful the complicated can be made simple.  Mark 10:6-8, “From the beginning of the creation God made them male and female...and they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.”  One God, one Son Jesus…Jesus is the Bridegroom looking for one bride of God’s people, and He instituted marriage.  A marriage feast is planned.  Collectively there will be one bride.  God planned there would be one husband and one wife till death us do part.  It’s the basis of God’s way.  It’s very simple.  The homelife is the foundation of the family of God – one family.

Matthew 6:24…one master.  “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.  Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”  Mammon means riches, the things of the world. It’s not possible to serve ourself and serve God only on Sunday.  We can’t run around with the goats all week and smell like a sheep on Sunday.  It’s an everyday matter.  We either serve God or we serve the devil.  It’s very plain.  There will be storms and failures, but God will give us strength as we obey.

Luke 10:42, one thing is needful.  Mary is doing it; she’s at the feet of Jesus.  I’m thankful we can hold on and not make decisions in the storm but hold on in prayer.   Matthew 25:32, “And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.”  All nations gathered before Jesus on the judgment day and the sheep and goats will be divided.  We have one body and one life and we are responsible.  We are the product of our choices.  We can choose right or we can choose wrong.  It’s an individual thing, not a family or group thing.  There won’t be families appearing before God at the judgment, we’ll stand as individuals.  There is simplicity in the way God planned.

John 17 is the real "Lord’s prayer."  He prayed to God that His people would be one.  Verse 11, “...keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are.”  He prayed for unity.  Verse 21, “That they all may be one; as Thou Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us.” We find the harmony the closer we get, the nearer we draw to Jesus.  We need each other.  May we do our part to bring unity.