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The Foundational Series
IX. Purified Identity: The Key to Manifesting Spiritual Unity
Our common identity in Jesus gives us intrinsic spiritual oneness. This applies to all Christians. But it is our dedication to pursuing purified identity that is the key to manifesting that unity. The purer our singular awareness of who we are in Christ alone, the more manifest unity we display in the Spirit of Christ. We demonstrate our ability to love one another and function together without respect to natural differences due to earth-based identities, or even due to differences in our personal callings or levels of understanding in the Lord.
When we are together, it is enough to know that we are each and all striving for the same purified identity -- through whatever means -- so we are able to manifest oneness despite the variations. I have my calling to fulfil. You have your calling to fulfil. There are many places where our common quest has brought us down the same roads. Yet there are places where our common quest has taken us down different personal paths. Yet because our quest for pure identity is still our common denominator, we are able to manifest unity whenever we come together, personal variations notwithstanding.
Knowing our quest to be the same, we don't judge one another over our variations in calling or differences due to earth-based identities. I don't have to "buy into" your entire personal vision or fully understand it to be in unity with you. I don't have to think like you think to be in harmony with you. I only have to recognize your desire to purify your identity, and trust that you are able to recognize the same desire in me without feeling compelled to have to totally "buy into" or understand what personal vision directs me.
I stand back to marvel at the great spectrum of various earth-based identities, levels of understanding, and differences in personal callings embraced by the number of you who receive these letters. So what is it that affords such unity between one such as I and the rest of you? - and what is it that affords such unity between those of you who know one another?
- Certainly not my blood identity (None of you are related to me and almost none of you has any fellowship with anyone else in my family.)
- Certainly not any of my acquired identities (Almost none of you has any particular relationship to me because, say, I'm a piano teacher.)
- And certainly not my personal vision surrounding my calling (Very few of you relate to functioning in such a broad way to so scattered a number of people as I do.)
So what gives us our unity when we are together? It is our common commitment to the purification of our new identities.
Conversely, it is wherever we are unwilling to outgrow our old identities or where we ignorantly reinforce them that our manifest unity is hampered. It is where we esteem ourselves in terms of things outside of Christ and judge one another by them -- doctrines, perspectives, callings, lifestyles, backgrounds -- that produces discord.
Our self-esteem over these things and other earth-based identities produces factions and sects. And using our faith to reinforce our commitment to these identities is what produces false religious unity. This explains why we often find ourselves forced to separate from other (bodies of) Christians. Not because we want to, but because we recognize that many use their faith to reinforce their old identities and to give life to artificial religious ones. This is a threat to our own spiritual health and calling to pure identity. So we are unable to have any part of it.
We know that we must keep pushing into Jesus alone at the expense of our old identities. We can use our old identities to help us do this, but know we must never reinforce them, and that they must ultimately drop off. No then. We only have manifest unity as we are committed to purified identity one with another. This alone is the definition of true spiritual unity, and the key to its display.
written from Pleasant Valley, Prince Edward Island, Canada
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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