That was a close one.

The following is a post I was about to publish this morning.

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Romans 7:4:

Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.

Because believers are united to Christ, we share in his death– and in his resurrection. They both count for us, because we are in him, we belong to him. This verse shows that not only are individual believers united to Christ, but all those of us who are united to Christ are also united to each other. That’s the basis for a lot of the community-oriented commandments of Scripture. And remembering this will really affect how we treat other believers, whether we know them or not.

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Now all that’s true, except that this verse doesn’t say that. I misread a key phrase: I thought I saw “so that you may belong to one another,” not “so that you may belong to another [i.e. Christ]”. Oops.

There are at least two lessons here:

  1. Reread your post before you publish.
  2. Reread your Bible before you go off theologizing.
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