One Another & Each Other

Dear Church Family, Greetings in Jesus' name!

The Body of Christ, the church, is to be a unified whole. If we look solely at this local church, instead of the world-wide church, we find that we are part of one another. There are a good many times in the Bible that the words "one another/each other" are used. In fact, the Bible spends a lot of time on relationships within the community of faith, as opposed to a focus on individual believers. We are going to look at a few of the times that the "one another/each other" instances are found in the Bible.

Romans 12:5: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 

Christians are part of a whole, and the whole that we are part of is identified biblically as the church. We are a new humanity and each individual within that "holy nation" is linked together with every other individual through their mutual regenerative experience. While salvation occurs at an individual level, it is for the purpose of raising up a people in which God is glorified and through which the Gospel is transmitted. (See also Ephesians 4:25.)

1 Thessalonians 5:11: Therefore encourage one another and build (edify - KJV) one another up, just as you are doing. (ESV)

We are to encourage (support) one another - doing things and relating to one another in a way that builds each other up. Dr. David Robinson says encouragement "is man's greatest need and his greatest reward". Everyone needs a pat on the back occasionally and encouragement to stay in the battle. "One another" indicates a reciprocal relationship. Not only should you encourage, but you should be encouraged by others. (See also Romans 14:19; Hebrews 10:25.)

1 Thessalonians 4:9: Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another... (NASB)

Love is THE governing principle within the community of faith; and, for that matter, should also be exhibited toward those outside the faith community. Jesus taught that loving your neighbor as yourself was the second greatest commandment. Volumes could be written on love, but a chief component of love is self-sacrifice. What does love for the church family cost you? How does it inconvenience you? How does it elevate someone else over you? These are powerful things to consider for now, and we will look at some truths next month. 

I call you blessed!