UnityBro. David Chancellor
7/10/2005 11:00 AM
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
This is Christ’s prayer for his disciples – both then and on down through time. He prayed that his people would be one. He gives the example of the Trinity as how we should be one. Some people have trouble understanding the Trinity. The Trinity is three parts of One God. As one, they are in agreement. Jesus prayed that we would be and work together as one.
Christianity should enable people to get along. Human nature is to exclude some and include others. It is the desire to draw to oneself. This oneness is different from the human nature to form a club. This oneness is caused by the love of God in the heart. Christ wants us to be in unity with him and with others.
Simply assembling people together is not unity. Unity is found in all having the love of God in them.
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Paul wanted these to keep the unity of the Spirit. The unity of the Spirit is the oneness of God’s people because of the Spirit and the love of God in the heart. The oneness is because there is just one. He lists out each part of the Trinity, but shows how they are united. Each part of the Trinity is in agreement. The Spirit won’t call you to something contrary to Jesus’ teaching.
There is one body and the Spirit calls you to be part of that body. There is one faith – the faith Jesus brought. There is one God in all and this brings the unity of the Spirit. This is where our unity is found – in God in us all. Jesus prayed that people would be made one in the Trinity.
1 Corinthians 12:1-13
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
Paul was trying to show these that the gifts are given for one purpose – God’s. The Spirit of God won’t be out saying, "Jesus wasn’t the one." All parts are in agreement. This can help us to know that some things aren’t of God.
There are different places for us to fill, but we can work together to accomplish one goal. We have different things to do, but the intent of each is to benefit the people of God. Just because we have a gift doesn’t mean everyone else has it, or has to have it. God gives us what we need to accomplish our part of his plan. Just because he has given us different things doesn’t mean we’re free to do our own thing.
The Spirit gives gifts; Jesus ministered and God operates. Each has a different role, but all work together. Not everyone has the same role. The gifts may be different, but the purpose is the same: To accomplish God’s will in your life. The Spirit will give the gifts as he sees they are necessary. He gives them that we might all profit. God is able to get his work done, whether we understand it or not. We have to be workers together with each other and with God. The pieces of the Trinity can work together without taking away from each other. All parts of the Trinity had a part in creation. They are all together such that we call them one. We want that same oneness among the people of God. This oneness doesn’t make us cookie-cutter images of each other. We are all pure, but we are all also individuals. We are many parts of one whole. We have what we need to fill our place. Even in our differences we can be one. Our differences can help to broaden our perspectives. It can help us to see things that we otherwise wouldn’t have seen. Our diversity can help us to accomplish more than we could otherwise accomplish.
1 John 5:7-8
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
The Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost are one and agree in one. There is no disagreement in heaven. If God says, "No," don’t expect to get a different answer from Jesus or the Spirit. They’re one and in agreement. When they abide in our hearts, we are one; both in them and like them. We may have different tasks, but they all work together to accomplish the same job. God wants us to work together as his people. God sent Jesus and the Spirit continues the work that Jesus began. We should be workers together with them.