Ephesians 4:3… “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (KJV).
Ephesians 4:13… “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:”
Paul was teaching about unity. The word “unity” means “the state or quality of being one, in accord, in harmony, or single in purpose or action.”
Twelve points of unity…
1) Acts 2:1… Holding together for a visitation of the Holy Spirit… “They were all with one accord in one place” (KJV). Our responsibility for the coming visitation of the Holy Spirit is to “hold together.” One hundred and twenty “held together” during the days of waiting for the promise of the Father. They held together because it was the will of God. The church is Christ’s body (Ephesians 1:22-23, Colossians 1:18). God never planned for Christ’s body to be broken or dislocated. Exodus 12:46-47 says, “Neither shall ye break a bone thereof. All the congregation of Israel shall keep it” (this referred to the Lamb). John 19:36 tells us that the soldiers did not break the bones of Christ when He died on the cross.
2) 1 Corinthians 12:11… Holding together in motivation… “But all these worketh that one and selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will” (KJV). Paul is talking about the “motivation” gifts. The Spirit motivates; any other spirit that tries to motivate us is a wrong spirit. Pride and jealousy motivate division and disharmony. The word “motivation” means “to move you to action, to give you incentive to act positively.” This word also means “to galvanize us, to mobilize us, to arouse us, to give us inspiration, to kick-start us, to light a fire under us, to spark us to action, to prod us.” The motivation in this message is “hold together.” Keep serving God.
3) Ephesians 4:13… Holding together in destination… “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God” (KJV). God has only one direction for the church. We must hold together around Jesus Christ.
4) 1 Corinthians 12:4… Holding together in diversity… “And there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit” (KJV). Diversity of ministry gifts, but the same Spirit. People’s gifts differ (Ephesians 4:7). So do personalities and talents. No one person has it all. Some folks think they have it all, but they do not. Here’s a quote from the fly-leaf in my old Bible: “Skilled ministers can entertain you, knowledgeable ministers can inform you, effective ministers can change you; and it is only the latter that is of any value.” That’s what God wants. In Philippians 4:2, Paul exhorted two women to be of the same mind in the Lord. What a fight there would be if Paul said to one, “You be like the other one.” The devil is a master of getting people fighting over ministries. It’s envy and jealousy that breaks ministries apart and cause churches to split.
5) Matthew 18:19… Holding together in our prayer requests… “If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (KJV). In the church there are different personalities. We do not all think alike or see alike; our tastes are different. But if there is a prayer request for a special need, we must agree together for God to meet that need. The Holy Spirit wants the church to hold together and pray with expectation and hope.
6) Acts 2:2-3… Holding together is vital for the free moving of the Spirit… “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as it were of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them” (KJV). The Holy Spirit wants us to know that He is fire. He is also wind, a dove, a breeze, rain, the dew, a river, a stream, a pool, and a well. The choice that the Spirit makes for His movement among us is His to make. The Spirit wants us to hold together in whatever way He wants to move in our midst. People have different needs and wants. The Spirit knows best. Don’t divide over the methods the Holy Spirit is using.
7) Acts 5:12-14… Holding together makes it possible for numerical growth and the leadership to fulfill their ministry… “They were all with one accord on Solomon’s porch” (v. 12, KJV). When the saints hold together, the leadership can perform miracles. Miracles draw people to Christ. Miracles brings respect for the leadership. The people speak for the ministries and not against them. The Spirit wants the church to hold together so that the leadership can fulfill what God has willed for this church. Quote: “When you are denouncing others you are not announcing Jesus Christ. If you are on the judgment seat, you are not on the witness stand” (author unknown). If we hold together, the Spirit will answer any questions we may have. Hold together in spite of the different styles of ministry. In the early church, teachers stood with the apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor. The Holy Spirit set it so.
8) Acts 4:31-33… Holding together is vital for effective witnessing… “The multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul” (v. 32, KJV). Because of holding together, the Word was preached in boldness and the people, both sinners and Christians, heard, received, and obeyed the truth. The Spirit wants our assembly to witness effectively. People will come as they see us holding together and faithful.
9) Ephesians 4:3… Holding together is the believer’s responsibility… “Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (see also Acts 2:42-47). The Holy Spirit structured the church around unity. It was the believer’s responsibility to guard that unity. The Spirit says, “Keep it.” The Spirit calls for good behavior, for harmony, for understanding, for good communication.” He knows that holding together is an impossibility when there is a hostile spirit in the camp.
10) Psalm 133:1-3… Holding together produces quality blessings… “How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (v. 1, KJV). The blessing is there in unity and in holding together. It is in holding together that God commands the blessing. Holding together is a sign of God’s approval. God is not going to bring a divisive spirit into the church. If something annoys you, learn how to handle that annoyance. Don’t despise another saint.
11) Ephesians 4:13… Unity is the goal the Spirit lays down for the church to fulfill… “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (KJV). We must believe alike concerning the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. The unity of the faith, as used here, refers to the gospel of Christ and what Christ came to do. Jesus is Lord and Savior, and He died to redeem us.
12) John 17:22… Unity is essential to receive the “glory”; i.e., the presence of God in our midst. The glory comes when there is unity. God does not bring His presence into rebellion and division.
Pastor George Belobaba
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