UNITY WITHIN THE CHURCH
We come to the third point of unity – unity in the Body of Christ. This was a major point of truth for the Apostle Paul, and it should be for us. The power for presenting the gospel to the lost is often measured by whether there is unity among believers who present it. Read carefully Paul’s exhortation to the church in Rome.
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5–6). Let’s look at his points on unity.
1. It is God who gives us the ability to be in “harmony” with each other. That means we must be submitting to His Word so we promote unity, first on the basis of our relationship with Him. It is God who “grants” us to live in harmony with others. Human efforts will fail.
2. Any unity in the Church that follows God’s principles will be “in accord with Christ Jesus.” As the Head of the Church, He must be at the center of everything. If there is disunity among the leadership, it is because they are “not holding fast to the Head,” Christ (Colossians 2:19).
3. The purpose of unity is not for the absence of strife, but so the Church “together…may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (See Ephesians 1:12, 14).
Because this issue affects so many churches, take time to examine your own heart to see if there is any disunity between you and another brother of sister. If there is, humbly resolve it quickly!
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