The Absolute Necessity Of Spiritual Unity

Psalm 133 gives us a picture of spiritual unity in action and the fruit it brings. In Psalm 133, we see the anointing that is coming down on Aaron. It’s the anointing that enables him to stand in his priestly office before the throne. Spiritual unity is absolutely necessary, both individually and corporately, if we are going to accomplish God’s assigned purposes. Where spiritual unity is, the anointing flows and God’s Spirit abides. Primarily the apostolic anointing receives the authority to deal with disorder, both in people and in government. You can’t have spiritual unity if you do not have people moving in their proper places. You cannot have the unity of the spirit if the government of the local church is out of order. Spiritual unity is the fruit of allowing the apostolic office to bring order to the local church. Verse 3 says, “It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing – Life forevermore” (NKJV). Most people in most churches want the “blessing commanded – life forevermore”; however, few of them are willing to endure the changes necessary for God to release it. To think you can have the blessing, and not accept apostolic or prophetic correction, is like whistling in the wind, telling yourself you’re going to be the president but never having even run for political office. Some have tried it, but it has never worked.

Psalm 133, Exodus 30:22-25… In Psalm 133, we find that unity forms the foundation for pouring forth the precious oil, the holy anointing oil of which Exodus 30 prescribes the composition. We find the anointing oil has myrrh, cinnamon, sweet-smelling cane, and cassia. Myrrh was an anesthetic and used in burial. Cinnamon was the spice culturally used for the bed and spoke of intimacy. Cassia was also a funeral spice, and sweet-smelling cane was used as an air freshener and sometimes ground into sugar. The ingredients that made up the anointing oil are a picture of the process by which we get to the unity of the spirit. There can never be unity of the spirit without the burial process of the dictates of the flesh in the believer. The fact that there was twice as much myrrh and cassia as cinnamon and sweet-smelling cane should help us understand the sweetness of God and intimacy of God as a product of walking through the crucifixion process. There will never be a unity of the spirit for a people who have rejected personal and corporate crucifixion.

Exodus 30:25-32…The composition of the anointing oil is one picture God gives us, but there is a second, equally as important in the Hebrew mind. For a Hebrew, whenever a prophet anointed an individual, whether it was Moses with Aaron, Samuel with David, or Elijah with Elisha, even when people disagreed with the choice, they respected the process and knew that once the process was initiated the life of that individual was forever changed. They understood the process of anointing released God’s Spirit in, and upon, an individual for eternal purposes. From the point of anointing, the Hebrews treated the individuals who received it with tremendous deference and respect, even if they did not like the individual in the office. David was very clear in his refusal to touch Saul, and always used the same phrase, “God’s anointed.” David did not like Saul, but he refused to touch him. How many times in our churches do we perceive somebody with Saul-like characteristics and immediately “roast ‘em and toast ‘em.” In the world, you usually get two weeks’ notice upon termination, but in the church it’s the FBI felony treatment – “Clean out your office–now. You’re done!” There is a penalty for this attitude of “If we don’t like what we hire, fire him and get another one.” How can we achieve unity in a man-pleasing system?

(From Word at Work Ministries, Al Houghton, Placentia, CA)

Pastor George Belobaba

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