Three Primary Pictures

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All throughout the Bible we see a rhythm of unity language repeated to emphasize the oneness we have as believers. We are described as the Body of Christ. Christ is the head, but we all represent different parts of the body. While each part of a body has a different function, each part is important to the health of the entire body. If one part of the body suffers, the entire body suffers as a result. The body is healthiest when each part is doing its job. If Christ is the head of the body, we know that the head of the body is the control-center. Our heads house our brains, which control every part of the body. The body cannot function without a brain and we cannot function as a united body without Christ as our head.

Believers are also described as the Bride of Christ in Scripture. This gives us a picture of the kind of committed and intimate relationship we all get to enjoy with Christ. As his bride, he is committing himself to love us. He is calling us his. Rather than seeing ourselves as servants to a master—as we often do with Jesus—we get to see ourselves as his treasure. We get to enjoy a relationship of love and commitment. Jesus knows us fully and loves us completely. United together, we are his beloved bride.

As believers we are also described as a family. This is a different picture than the two before it, but it may feel more relatable. A family is chaotic and committed to one another. While a family is often blood-related, the members are different from one another. Each member of a family has a role, but the family is no less united. Healthy families are always growing and inviting others to the table. Unlike friends that can come and go, a family will have each others’ backs forever. As believers, we aren’t just distant strangers, but a forever family.

Reflection/Discussion Questions: Which image of unity do you relate to the most? Why?

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