If all of God’s people spoke with the same voice, the sound would be deafening and the world would most certainly hear us. The only way we can all speak with the same voice is to speak the Lord’s Words. Ephesians 4 calls for this very thing. Anyone interested in unity, must absorb this chapter and study it very carefully. The rewards are well worth the effort.
When the apostles came together, after the Lord’s ascension, they came together with one mind in prayer. When Paul exhorted the Corinthians to be of the same mind and judgment there was a special reason for such. Our varied ideologies, our multitude of “baggage” brings those in Christ together as one. This forming, this forging, reforms in us a new way of thinking – a thinking that corresponds to Galatians 2:20. I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
This is the Lord’s unity. Lay down all opinions, never bring them up or in where they might divide. Hold on to the Lord for He is the only Lord and we are not (Luke 6:46; John 8:43).
Don Blackwell shared this photo on Facebook. It is indicative of the mindset of the religious world in our age. Satan has taken division and dressed it up in a disguise so that it appears to the uninitiated as unity. To those who accept this lie, they appear comfy and warm in their delusion. So much so, that when those who see through the ruse, warn them of the dangers, they are called haters, mockers and dividers.
The division monster dressed as unity is therefore more popular than the true unity described in Scripture and the Lord weeps at our ignorance. Meanwhile, Satan foments the lie and more sheep are led to their slaughter.
Matthew 16:18, “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
1 Corinthians 1:10, “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
Ephesians 4:4, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling.”
When will we learn?
An interesting remark I just read. I think it deserves much discussion.
“After all, no matter what you believe, unless it clearly is spelled out in Scripture, there is a possibility you could be wrong. Perhaps this is too simplistic, but at least it displays an attitude of humility that helps to bring unity within the church of Christ” (http://greenbayhub.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110318/GPG0406/103180577/1978/GPG0101/Unity-helpful-many-aspects?odyssey=nav%7Chead).
People believe what they do because they are convinced they are correct. There are many within this group, however, who are not interested in ascertaining what is actually true. These people are rather comfortable in their environment. Just how comfortable was Paul or Peter? Let not this sentiment be said of a faithful Christian.
It’s been a long day so I’m just getting back to the TFR and trying to collect my thoughts. When I first saw the nudge today, my mind went to Jesus’ prayer for unity in Him and how that kind of unity is a motive for the world to believe.
Like Glenda said, I also love the fact that He was actually thinking about us when He prayed.
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:20-21)
Honor God’s Plan of Salvation
By Richard Mansel
A. Honoring God’s Word brings to mind two key issues:
1. Protecting the purity of the Word so that others can have the same opportunities.
a. 2 Kings 22:8ff – Hilkiah finds the Book of the Law. Josiah enacts it.
b. We can allow the same thing to happen today, if we are not diligent.
2. The sobering responsibility that we have as we teach and live God’s Word
B. We want to discuss these two themes in light of honoring God’s Plan of Salvation.
C. Our mindset is very important.
Revelation and Unity
Farnsworth assumed that continuous revelation is necessary in order to unite Christendom. He seemed to assume that believers were not united because they had a volume 2,000 years old and that they would be united if they had continuous revelation. Continuous revelation is assumed to be essential to unity of Bible believers.
Do we know what it takes from all of us? Are we prepared to do what is necessary? Find out.