God’s passion for his church – Part 2
The Lord will not be happy if there is no unity in the church. Disunity will hinder the building of a strong and virile church that the Lord desires.
“For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.” Christ gave the same words the Father gave Him to each and every one of His disciples. When all believers accept the same words of Christ, there will be doctrinal oneness. Jesus prays for believers to be united as He is with the Father. “Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are”.
Jesus Christ never contradicted the Father; neither did the Father contradict Him. Though the devil may bring suggestions to be self-willed so as to cause disunity, the believer must obey the Lord by remaining united with the body of Christ. It is only through unity that believers can overcome the enemy. If there is no crack in our wall, if there is no dissenting voice among us, we will be strong, accomplish the great commission, conquer more lands and win nations for the Lord. “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.” For the sake of the Lord and in answer to Christ’s prayer, we must be united. Dominion, victory, and success come through unity. When believers are truly united, the world will believe in Christ.
Doctrine comes before fellowship; without doctrinal unity, prayer cannot have any effect. Our unity should not be in name but in reality. The doctrines of Christ, which we believe should be the same that every member preaches everywhere. “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” If we are united, the devil will find it difficult to penetrate or cause division in the church.
Believers need to constantly be “striving together for the faith of the gospel”, not striving against it. If there is a contradiction and divisive attitudes in the use of ministry gifts in the church, the saints will not be edified and perfected. The church will grow and move forward if every minister in the church concentrates on edifying the body of Christ. Leaders must faithfully commit the same word of God, which they received to faithful men who are committed to building a perfect church.
The Lord expects obedience from the purchased church. When He sees those qualities of faithfulness, loyalty, dedication, consecration, and obedience, He releases His blessing upon them. The extent of the believer’s obedience to the revealed will and word of God determines the number of blessings he gets from God in return. The believer who acknowledges the divine ownership of his life and possession and unreservedly obeys the Lord by remaining united with other believers in doctrine and service will be rewarded by Him.
Further Reading (King James Version): Acts 20:28; Psalm 74:2; Exodus 15:16-18; John 17:8,11,14,17-21; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Philippians 1:27; Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 2:2; Acts 20:28; Psalm 74:2; Exodus 15:16-18