Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

Good and Pleasant Unity

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” (Ps 133:1). How pleasant to witness children playing together in concord. How enjoyable an harmonious family reunion.

Unity in the kingdom of God is not only good and pleasant, it is commanded. Jesus prayed (Jn 17:20-21) that all disciples be “one”. Paul commanded by the authority of Jesus Christ that “. . . you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you . . .” (1 Cor. 1:10).

Brethren should not fight among themselves. “But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed one of another” (Gal 5:15). Strife and divisions are manifestations of carnality. (1 Cor. 3:3).

When one opposes another, imaginary charges will be raised. The emotion of hatred ignites. Unkind words are spoken. Friendships that have developed over decades are broken.

Our thoughts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another in the fight against evil. Let us be gathered to gather in the Lord’s one and only church. Let us all be guided by the same Spirit of truth. One hope calls them. One Lord is their Savior. One faith and one baptism saves them. One God is their Father (Eph 4:3-6). This is how unity of the Spirit is achieved.

Let the church be united together as one to attack Satan. People today are hungering for the absolute truth. We can only obtain that truth by reading, studying, learning, teaching and preaching of the oracles of God (1 Tim 4:13 ff; 2 Tim 2:15; Heb 5:12-14; 2 Tim 4:2-5). Let us not be torn apart by the commandments and doctrines of men which turn us against the truth (Tit 1:14). Let us not be turned to denominationalism by using their commentaries, their lexicons, and their rationale. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Col 2:8). We can only speak the same things when we gather our knowledge from the same source. Let that source be God’s Holy Word only (1 Pet 4:11). Let us not go beyond what the Word of God says (1 Cor 4:6). Let us not add to it or subtract from it (Gal 1:6-9 f; Rev 22:18,19). Let us prove all things by the Word of God (1 Thess 5:21). Let us be set for the defense of the gospel (Philip 1:15-18).  Let us contend for the faith (Jude 3). Let us put on the whole armor of God that we be not consumed by the evil of this present world (Eph 6:11-18) Let us unite together as the army of God for the conversion of the world to Christ (2 Tim 2:3,4).

Then, and only then can we truly say what the psalmist David said so many years ago: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”

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