Josh Strelecki, Pastor-Teacher
January 23rd, 2018
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Unity is oneness, a cohesive unit made up of diverse components. Unity has mechanics and substance. Unity's substance labors as not only its' provision, but its' end. Unity frames for us a great measure reached through its' ability by all its' bearers . Unity is vanity with all its' trappings and results unless it is unity of and in the Spirit.
Endeavouring for Unity
The unity of the Spirit is vast, as much as the Spirit leads. Therefore, the unity of the Spirit is not just in one point of His teaching, but in all things He teaches. We, as the body of Christ, are therefore to be, "endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit" (Eph. 4:3). The expectation is one of effort and exertion. Such effort and exertion are spent in "keeping' it. It is then, precious, valuable, a commodity we ought not forsake.
Unity's Source and Mark
Although the Spirit teaches us all the things to endeavour to keep it, notwithstanding, but firstly, to possess it, as well as then, its' potential. One of the most prolific passages on the unity of the Spirit sits in the opening verses of Philippians 2. It grants us the privilege to take its' measurements and perceive its' qualities to then prove its' power in our lives as a noble one would do to see whether its' things be so.
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
The Root Source
Paul quickly links the Spirit's unity to Christ; naturally, the Spirit does and has taught us His things and it is in His things, which be in Christ, that the unity is founded. It is from being in Christ that we possess all we possess and it is the Spirit's ministry to teach us what we have access to.
Moreover, Paul, as he exhorts the Philippians, highlights one of the countless things the Spirit has led us in; that is, "consolation". In Christ there is a deep reservoir of "consolation". This geyser of "consolation" that springs forth from the doctrine of "in Christ' is one of the wellheads of our unity of the Spirit. It is by the breadth of our understanding of who we once were in Adam with its' corresponding condemnation and death, that the knowledge of being in Christ with its' corresponding justification of life that "consolation" becomes a wellhead for unity. This "consolation" breed by the forms of doctrine "in Christ"