There is a heavenly reality about the church, and there are no divisions in heaven. All who are there are ‘one in Christ Jesus’, for the only people to enter that kingdom are those who ‘have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb’, and their security of tenure depends on their names being in ‘the Lamb’s book of life’. Divisions contradict this fundamental ‘fact of life’. The church on earth is called to be a replica of the ideal or heavenly. This is involved in the possession of heavenly ‘citizenship’: to live here and now in the privileges and duties of the far-off homeland. Thus it is against the nature of the church, the community of the redeemed, to confess unity in heaven and practise disunity on earth.
J.A. Motyer, The Message of Philippians. The Bible speaks today. Downers Grove, Ill.: Inter-Varsity Press, 1984, p. 202.Read More