Did Luther save you? Did John Wesley die for your sins? Did the presbytery get together and agree to forgive your iniquity? NO! CHRIST DID ALL OF THOSE THINGS! Denominations aren’t wrong, but they did not save us. Let us have pride together in Christ.
I am sure if you have been here long you know that I truly desire to have a united body of Christ! I believe it to be of the utmost importance for the Christian life, and clearly we see this is important to Paul as well. But before we talk about how much we should be and can be united, we need to talk about how much we actually are divided.
Now as Paul introduces himself he gives his title, he says “Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus”So Paul is really laying his cards down on the table here. He is saying “Look, I am writing by the authority of my calling, a calling given by Christ Jesus”. I want to point this out, because we have talked a lot about callings lately… YOU ALL KNOW THAT YOUR CALLING HAS AUTHORITY RIGHT? LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN! YOUR CALLING HAS AUTHORITY!