The Unity Of Faith Part I
Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. Psalm 133:1,2
The unity of the faith is the primary issue that has paralyzed the body of Christ, or should I say, the lack there of! The Psalm reflects the power of God being released upon His priesthood of believers that allows the anointing to break the yoke of division that has weakened His body for centuries. Unity contains great power and allows anointing to flow freely upon the corporate expression of His body in the earth!
Since the beginning of time Satan has divided the people of God by his deceitful scheming, from the war in Heaven when he co-hearsed one third of the angels to rebel against God, to the garden of Eden where he divided Adam and Eve, separating them from fellowship with God, even causing the death of a son through jealousy, he is a master of division! When Israel settled in Egypt and eventually Joseph died, they were again divided and cruel taskmasters were appointed over them less they had united and conquered the Egyptians.
Even today the people of God are divided by denomination, tradition. race, political preference and doctrine being huddled up in little sheep pens they languish in despair and spiritual drought being held captive by greedy shepherds deprived of the truth. Entertained and made comfortable they sit and listen, never able to use their gifts because after all they are only laymen, another ploy to keep them in bondage to a man-made system of ritualistic religious fallacies. Jesus set us free from the law of commandments and washed off the traditions of legalistic worship with His blood on the cross and to ever allow a man to put you in bondage to a religious system is an abomination! If the Son has set you free, you are free indeed!
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. II Timothy 2:24-26
THE POWER OF ONE
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 17:21
In the above mentioned scripture Jesus is explaining the unity of the Trinity and its example for us to follow in that, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one entity, although they are three distinct persons, they are in fact, One. When we are born again we become one with the trinity of God, one with the Father, one with the Son, and one with the Holy Spirit. The body of Christ is the exact representation of the unity of the trinity in the earth in the form of the Lord Jesus in us!
Jesus set the standard when He appointed twelve apostles to be the very pillars of His church in that they were of one accord in perfect harmony as in a choir along with one hundred twenty other believers that followed the pattern of unity that Jesus was displaying to them. The apostles were the offensive line that interceded for the rest of the body by blocking the schemes of the devil and preaching and teaching the gospel that their Lord had given them. Because they all followed the example that Jesus had given them and they were all in agreement, the power of the Holy Spirit was poured out upon them giving them the very likeness and expression of Jesus in the earth and thus the first harvest of new believers had begun!
Three thousand made one with the Lord Jesus in power and unity, the body began to multiply at an astonishing rate. The reason for this dynamic growth was not a man-made program of evangelism, but simply following the instructions given plainly by the Lord Jesus. The old way was finished, the veil was torn, the old priesthood of ritualistic worship and laws were completely demolished by the death, burial and subsequent resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ! At last we were one with the King of all kings, made new creations in Christ, washed in His blood and renewed in our minds and empowered by His Spirit to be the expression of His likeness in the earth!
And He gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Romans 12:4,5
Contrary to popular belief there is only one body of Christ with the only separation being location. Its not your body, its not their body or pastor's body, its His body and we are members of Him and of one another! It really grieves me to hear people say, "Come to my church, or, our church is doing this or that, or our church is bigger than their church." Its not your church! Its His!
Like the headless horseman from Sleepy Hollow they ride to and fro without a clue of who they really are or to whom they belong. Jesus is the only Head of the body and when we are submitted to Him as well as any overseers or other leaders are to be, the Holy Spirit will direct the entire church to that which He desires. In most cases today He is not even considered to be a member in good standing, after all if He was really the Head of our church He would totally ruin our services by bringing in those awful crippled, lame and blind beggars and such, why they might spill something on the carpet, or even steal something from our new sanctuary, and we couldn't allow casting out demons, it would scare the seekers right out of the building!
After aeon's of tradition passed down through the ages by misguided leadership the body of Christ remains in a quadriplegic state, unable to move about the earth in the image of their Lord they have been totally immobilized. No unity, no power and no life! What a tragedy for the earth to suffer such loss because the body of Christ has been defeated by the schemes of the devil, millions die without the Savior's love bestowed on them because the messengers, like sleeping beauty lie in state awaiting the kiss of their Prince. Like the sleeping virgins awaiting the bridegroom, the sound of Heaven's trumpet is blowing a warning across the earth for the people of God to awake and shake off their chains of division and unite under the banner of the cross, for victory in Jesus awaits those who stand united against the schemes of the devil!
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. I Corinthians 1:10