TRUST: Who Are the Brothers/Sisters of Christ?


Growing up in the late, late 60’s through the 70’s in the Black Community, the words brother and sister were ubiquitous. It was widely used of any man or women who was Black. It was a greeting, a salutation, a term of inclusion and endearment.

Spiritually, the term has the same connotation. It refers to a specific group of people. It gives rise to TRUST: Who Are the Brothers/Sisters of Christ? While not known as a passage the communicates who Jesus called brother and sister, John 15 sets the foundation for how people will be known as a believer or brother or sister of Christ. In John 15:14, Jesus said, “14 You are my friends if you do what I command.”

This sets the stage for Jesus reaffirming Peter as an apostle in John 21 and later in the passage where the term brother (brethren) surfaces as it relates to those who follow Jesus’s command.

John 21

20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”

22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”

24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

The Greek word used for brethren is adelphos which means a fellow believer united to another by the bond of affection; so most frequently of Christians, constituting as it were but a single family- brethren in Christ. Below are other verses that communicate that truth – TRUST: Who Are the Brothers/Sisters of Christ? 

“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. Matthew 23:8

15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) Acts 1:15

Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them. Acts 6:3

30 When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. Acts 9:30

The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.  Acts 11:1

13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,[a] that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles. Romans 1:13

and all the brothers and sisters[a] with me, To the churches in Galatia:  Galatians 1:2

11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister[a] but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. 1 Corinthians 5:11

14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. Philippians 1:14

For we know, brothers and sisters[a] loved by God, that he has chosen you,                               1 Thessalonians 1:4

10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.” Revelation 19:10

Revelation 19:10 punctuates the meaning of TRUST: Who Are the Brothers/Sisters of Christ? We see in that verse a brother or sister of Christ is one who serves Jesus by holding to the testimony of who Jesus is and what He did while here on earth. As a result, brothers and sisters worship God because of Jesus’ testimony. Do you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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