THE  HORNET'S  NEST

To the photographer (keeping a safe distance from the hornet's nest), it became quite obvious that many working together in unity can accomplish the task set before them. Without each individual hornet working in unity with one purpose with all the others, the nest would never be built.

Jesus built his church, composed of those who have answered the gospel call, II Thessalonians 2:14. For the church to continue to be as Jesus designed it, we must each  work together in unity with the same mind and purpose, governed by the word of God. This is illustrated by Paul when he said in I Corinthians 1:10, "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment"

Someone might ask, how can this be when the church is composed of people with different personalities and with different opinions. It can be done as Paul told the Philippians, "let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing" Philippians 3:16.  Also in Philippians 1:27, Paul said "with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel". With our opinions laid aside and a faithful commitment to the word of God, we can, with "one mind", walk by the same rule and be the Church of Christ.

Hornets' nests are all identifiable because of the same basic design and all being made out of the same paper-like substance. This is accomplished by the hornets all working in unity with the same purpose in mind. In searching for hornets' nests, we would not expect the nests to be made out of leaves, mud or sticks. In like manner, one should not expect the church Jesus built, to be fragmented into many different denominations teaching many different doctrines. 

The New Testament is the pattern for the Lord's church, and when a body of people carefully follow that pattern, the Church of Christ exists in that particular local.

                                                                                                   Butch Ellis