Dear Saints, we are gathered together here as brothers and sisters in Christ. If are in Christ, then we are His brothers and sisters. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ and nothing ought to be able to separate us from the love of one another. That is true of all our brothers and sisters in Christ in the broader Church throughout the Earth but it ought to be especially true of this expression of Christ’s Church, the local church, this church seated here.
These tokens identify us as Christ’s brothers and sisters, the children of the Lord. And thus, they also identify us as brothers and sisters of one another in Christ. Many of us know that the kinship that we possess here is even closer than some of our kin by blood. But this kinship in Christ is also by blood. The blood of Christ has made us His kin and so the blood of Christ courses in the veins of all who gather in His name. This blood of the new birth is even thicker than the blood of the first birth. I pray that God will help us to see this and truly draw us together by an inseparable bond in Christ Jesus as we learn to love one another and express that unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.