Bible unity means we’re one with God.
John 17:21-23 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. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Many say they’re one with God. Paul told Timothy some had a “form of godliness” (II Timothy 3:5) but denied the power of God. After the flood everyone had one language and they were one in what they did (built the tower of Babel). They united to make a name for themselves. When people gather together but don’t seek God, they have a kind of unity but it isn’t unity with God. Babylon is all false religion that says we can’t keep for sinning. They deny the power of God to save us out of our sins and don’t believe what the word of God teaches. Everything we do needs to be in unity with God’s purpose.
Genesis 11:1-9 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And…said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon…the whole earth…And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us…confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad…and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth…scatter them abroad…
When Moses didn’t return right away, the people got tired of waiting. They got together and told Aaron to make them gods. If we get impatient and bored, we’ll look for something to do. We won’t wait on God or his time. What we pray for will become an idol to us. God wants us to wait patiently and be one with him every day. Acting in impatience gets us out of unity.
Exodus 32:1-6 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered…unto Aaron, and said…Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. And Aaron said…Break off the golden earrings…in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. And all the people…brought them unto Aaron. And …he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And…built an altar before it…said, To morrow is a feast to the Lord. And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
The whole congregation cried together because all they saw was giants and walled cities. Things weren’t going like they wanted. If we’re crying and feeling sorry for ourselves, we aren’t trusting in God. The Israelites felt sorry for themselves, then started murmuring and complaining. They stopped trusting God to guide them. They were together in unity but they weren’t on the Lord’s side. We need to be careful about taking sides or getting involved with politics or worldly issues that don’t profit the work of God. When we get involved in things of the world, we don’t know who we’re going to end up hurting. The Israelites were ready to stone Moses. We need to trust God and have faith in his direction to guide us.
Numbers 14:1-10 And all the congregation…wept that night. And…murmured against Moses and against Aaron…Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or…in this wilderness! And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? And they said…Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt. Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces…Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb which…searched the land, rent their clothes…saying, The land…is an exceeding good land. If the Lord delight in us, then he will…give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people…their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us…But all the congregation bade stone them…
Unity with God doesn’t depend on emotions, issues, or what we see. Unity with God in the Church of God depends on “thus saith the Lord.” There are different administrations at various locations of the Church of God, but God’s word is the same.
All men were grieved about their families being carried away by the Amalekites. They wanted to stone David, but it wasn’t his fault. The anger stage of grief isn’t rational. If we feel like striking out when we’re in grief, we need to pray and encourage ourselves in the Lord. We’ll all have situations when no one is there to encourage us. David encouraged himself in the Lord and asked what to do. God answered and led him to recover the captives. Jesus needed encouragement in the garden of Gethsemane. He prayed in unity with the Father “not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).
I Samuel 30:2-8 And had taken the women captives…and went on their way. So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives were taken captives…David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved…but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. And David said to Abiathar the priest…bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop?…he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
When Goliath came against the Israelite army, David had unity with God because he was doing what God wanted. It doesn’t take a whole army to be in unity with God. David wasn’t ashamed and was confidently trusting in God.
I Samuel 17:45-47 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head…I will give the carcases…of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And…that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.
False religion has no unity with God or answer from him. The prophets of Baal didn’t hear an answer. We have to be in unity with God so he’ll hear us. We all have faults, but faults aren’t sin – disobeying God. We need to be right and have a clear experience with God to be in unity. Elijah prayed and got an answer. He had confidence and was in unity with God.
I Kings 18:21-29 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. Then said Elijah…I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and …choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people…said, It is well spoken. And…the prophets of Baal…called on…Baal from morning even until noon…But there was no voice, nor any that answered…Elijah mocked…Cry aloud…peradventure he sleepeth…And it came to pass…there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
I Kings 18:36-39…at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah…said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known…thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me…that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and…hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice…the people saw it, they fell on their faces…said, The Lord, he is the God…
Jesus was angry at the defiled condition of the temple! We should be angry if the enemy tries to defile our unity with God.
John 2:13-17…Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said…Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise…it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
Being right with God means we need to be sure we have a house of prayer. Prayer isn’t just talking to him, but listening too.
Matthew 21:12-13 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple… And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
We become one with God by having the Holy Spirit. Carnality causes division, like the apostles argued (Mark 9:34) who was the greatest. We have to work to keep unity. When we have differences of opinion, we have to be humble to keep unity.
Ephesians 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)