People need to know which Churches is that of Christ, since He founded only one Church, the only one capable of speaking in His name. Why would the Holy Spirit have permitted so many different divisions and enmities among those who claim to be disciples of the same Gospel, disciples of the same Christ? The search: is unity lost?
Could it not be that these divisions have also been a path continually leading the Church to discover the untold wealth contained in Christ’s Gospel and in the redemption accomplished by Christ? Perhaps all this wealth would not have come to light otherwise.
It is impossible to imagine that this Church, instituted by Christ on the foundation of the apostles and of Peter, should not be one. But we can also understand how over the centuries contact with different political and cultural climates could have led believers to interpret Christ’s message with varying emphases.
Nevertheless, these different approaches to understanding and living out one’s faith in Christ can, in certain cases, be complementary; they do not have to be mutually exclusive. What separates us as believers in Christ is much less than what unites us.
Unfortunately, some Churches originating in the Reformation have a gap, which is considerably wider, since several fundamental elements established by Christ were not respected.
We can trust that “the One who began this good work in us will bring it to completion” Philippines 1:6