Our bodies were designed to have a definite number of members and organs, each having its own place, work, color, and shape. Divine wisdom designed our bodies, and God's power brought them into being.
So it is also with His church, which is often in Scripture called the body of Christ. It too was divinely designed to have a definite number of members, each having its own nature, place, and work to perform.
This was so clearly shown on the day of Pentecost, when the Son of God sent down His Spirit with a powerful sound, with light from divided tongues as of fire, and with unexpected speech in tongues the speakers did not know before that day. On that day the truth of Psalm 22:27 was displayed. There David wrote, "All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.'' From that day of Pentecost onward the church, Christ's body, began to be gathered out of every nation, tongue, and tribe. The believers from the fleshly seed of David were powerfully moved, enlightened, and set on fire with holy zeal to speak in languages of other nations about their risen and exalted Lord, the Head of the body, His church.
That sound as of a mighty rushing wind revealed the irresistible power of God that enlightens and sets on fire with holy zeal all the eternally designed members of that body, so that they will speak His praises. Indeed, we belong to a beautiful, divinely designed body. Let us then sing (PRC Psalter):
The ends of all the earth shall hear
And turn unto the Lord in fear;
All kindreds of the earth shall own
And worship Him as God alone.
All earth to Him her homage brings,
The Lord of lords and King of kings.
We are many, but we are one in Christ. We are all different, but we have the Spirit of Christ and with Christ will glorify God.
Read: Acts 2:1-21
Psalter versification: #49:1
Quote for Reflection:
"A chorus of voices keeps harping the unity tune. They are saying that Christians of all doctrinal shades and beliefs must come together in one visible organization, regardless.... Such teaching is false, reckless, and dangerous. Truth alone must determine our alignments. Truth comes before unity. Unity without truth is hazardous. Our Lord's prayer in John 17 must be read in its full context. Only those sanctified through the Word can be one in Christ. To teach otherwise is to betray the gospel." -- Charles H. Spurgeon
- Date: 21-May
Rev. John A. Heys was born on March 16, 1910 in Grand Rapids, MI. He was ordained and installed into the ministry at Hope, Walker, MI in 1941. He later served at Hull, Iowa beginning in 1955. In 1959 he accepted the call to serve the South Holland, IL Protestant Reformed Church. He received and accepted the call to Holland, Michigan Protestant Reformed Church in 1967. He retired from the active ministry in 1980. He entered into glory on February 16, 1998.