Sermon Quotes: "A Band of Natural Enemies"
“Behold.” It is a wonder seldom seen, therefore behold it! It may be seen, for it is characteristic of real saints, therefore fail not to inspect it! It is well worthy of admiration; pause and gaze upon it! It will charm you into imitation, therefore note it well! God looks on with approval, therefore consider it with attention.” Charles Spurgeon
“Few human joys run deeper than real unity. A oneness that comes from loving and being loved-this is a foretaste of the new heavens and the new earth, when all divisiveness, strife and harsh disagreement will melt away. To be in meaningful unity with others is in fact a reflection of the Triune God himself, who has dwelled eternally in perfect unity.” ESV Devotional Psalter
“There blessing falls by Yahweh’s command…Not that eternal life is earned by unity, but that Yahweh shares his sort of life with those who cherish unity…This is a perpetual certainty.” Alec Motyer
“When this was true, it was one of the most cherished blessings from God. It still is.” Allen Ross
“In short, true unity, like all good gifts, is from above, bestowed rather than contrived, a blessing far more than an achievement.” Derek Kidner
“The church itself is not made up of natural ‘friends.’ It is made up of natural enemies. What binds us together is not common education, common race, common income levels, common politics, common nationality, common accents, common jobs, or anything else of that sort. Christians come together, not because they form a natural collocation (connection), but because they have all been saved by Jesus Christ and owe him a common allegiance. In the light of this common allegiance, in the light of the fact that they have all been loved by Jesus himself, they commit themselves to doing what he says-and he commands them to love one another. In this light they are a band of natural enemies who love one another for Jesus’ sake.” Don Carson