The Bible affirms that people are created in the image of God. God is exists as a Trinity- Three distinct persons, who are fully God & somehow one. The Father is God, The Son is God, The Holy Spirit is God. From before time began, God existed in perfect community & fellowship with himself. The 3 members of the Trinity share profound unity in love for and knowledge of each other. This is the believers basis for puruing this kind of community with other believers.
Part of what it means to bear the image of God is to know and love other people within the context of a community. Jesus Christ died to redeem a bunch of sinful people and create such a community…to restore the image of God in his people. Paul speaks of this new humanity of people in Colossians 3:9-11
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
Believers have been placed into a new community where Christ is supreme. We are to put away everything that doesn’t reflect this new position that we have been given. Our identity in Christ is what now defines us. Our character and our actions should be becoming of those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and we ought to live in such a way that we seek to mirror the unity of community that we see diplayed by our Triune God. Pastor/ author Tim Keller had this to say,
Ultimate reality is a community of persons who know and love one another. That is what the universe, God, history, and life is all about. . . . We believe the world was made by a God who is a community of persons who have loved each other for all eternity. You were made for mutually self-giving, other directed love. Self-centeredness destroys the fabric of what God has made.
Tim Keller from The Reason for God (pg. 216-15)
Oh that the LORD would give us hearts that long to preseve the unity that Jesus has afforded us by his death. Let’s reflect Him well.