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     Despite the appearance of complex conflict and irreconcilable histories and preferences, we find the one way it is all overcome. Jesus makes all the distinctive   persons one in himself through the cross on which he gave his earthly life. The apostle Paul explains to the non-Jewish recipients in ancient Ephesus: "For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us." (Ephesians 2:14  NLT)
     By accepting the rescue work done on our behalf, in joining our lives with Jesus we become part of his family. And I do not have the authority to decide who else gets to be my brother or sister in Christ. By virtue of our mutual connection in Christ, we are one.
     How incredible! I retain all my particular attributes of skin, language, life experiences from my past, and existing human relationships. Yet I become more than all that in adding this greatest sense of identity as part of the whole Body of Christ, the Church.

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