The Unity of the Spirit
“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.”
Unity is something most people agree is a good thing. When we are unified we are strong. God says a three fold cord is not easily broken.
Many believe that unity will come about through doctrinal agreement. They say that if everyone will simply let the Bible speak for itself then we will all begin to believe the same and we will have unity. However, this notion has proved itself to be false for even though there has been an explosion of Bible knowledge and freedom to teach it in the last few centuries we are more divided or dis-unified than ever before.
So if the teaching method does not work to achieve unity what does?
It is written,
“And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.”
I would submit to all those who truly are interested in being unified that this blessed state comes from a shared spiritual experience of God. In other words, where the Spirit of the Lord is there is not only liberty but also unity.
An experience cannot be taught it must be experienced. What happened at the beginning of the New Testament Church was an outpouring of the Spirit of God upon a people who opened their minds and hearts to receive it. Since everyone had a shared experience they were all of one heart. Notice it is “one heart” and not “one mind” because everything of real importance in God’s economy issues from our hearts. It is our hearts that need to become one and then our minds and our actions will surely follow.
It was the Holy Spirit that brought unity in the first century church and caused them to be unified. The word of God that issued forth from that unity became the New Testament. I believe that God is about to do something even greater through the spiritual fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles. I believe that a shared experience of Divine Love is going to unify His church to an even greater degree than the first Christians experienced.
As we become one with God His love will become our love. When we become love, as He is love, this shared spiritual experience will cause us to be of one heart which will naturally lead to being of one mind. This, my brethren, is when true unity will come to the body of Christ.