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Title: Unity Of The Spirit


1
Unity Of The Spirit
In The Bond Of Peace
2
  • 1. Introduction To Unity

3
Psalm 133
  • Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For
    brethren to dwell together in unity! 2?It is like
    the precious oil upon the head, That ran down
    upon the beard, Even Aarons beard That came
    down upon the skirt of his garments 3?Like the
    dew of Hermon, That cometh down upon the
    mountains of Zion For there Jehovah commanded
    the blessing, Even life for evermore.

4
Figures Of Unity
  • Pleasant And Sweet as Aarons Perfumed Oil
  • High Priest Presented One Holy Nation
  • United In Worship To The One God
  • Refreshing And Invigorating As Morning Dew

5
Unity Among Brethren Demands
  • Avoiding Two Basic Extremes
  • Everyone who disagrees with me is in error
  • I may like that one personally, but is divisive
  • God, not me, is the final arbiter of truth Rom.
    1411-12
  • Acceptance is not based on those that agree with
    me
  • We accept others in open rebellion and sin
  • This is contrary to responsible behavior Eph.
    59-13
  • Accepting others in sin is equally divisive 2
    John 9-11
  • We must grow in grace and knowledge 2 Pet. 18

6
Text For Our Study
  • Ephesians 41-6
  • I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech
    you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith ye
    were called, 2?with all lowliness and meekness,
    with longsuffering, forbearing one another in
    love 3?giving diligence to keep the unity of the
    Spirit in the bond of peace.
  • 4?There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also
    ye were called in one hope of your calling 5?one
    Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6?one God and
    Father of all, who is over all, and through all,
    and in all.

7
Natural Division Of Text
  • Mans Responsibility For Unity Vs. 1-3
  • Gods Platform For Unity Vs. 4-6

8
  • 2. Mans Responsibility For Unity

9
Is Unity Possible?
  • Paul tells us unity is possible
  • That God demands we have it
  • We must endeavor to maintain it
  • Common mistake to skip our part
  • Immediately Focus on Gods platform

10
Five Step Walk For Unity Ephesians 41-3
  • Walk Worthy Of Our Calling
  • Walk With All Lowliness And Meekness
  • Walk With Longsuffering
  • Walk Forbearing One Another In Love
  • Walk Endeavoring To Keep The Unity Of The Spirit
    In The Bond Of Peace

11
Mans Part Five Steps To Unity
  • Walk Worthy Of Our Calling
  • Walk
  • In Newness of life Rom. 64
  • Not after flesh but the spirit Rom. 714-25
  • Have the disposition to follow God Rom. 84
  • As children of light Eph. 58
  • By faith not by sight 2 Cor. 57
  • Let us walk by the same rule Phil 316
  • Worthy Of Our Calling
  • Called by the Gospel 2 Thess 214-15
  • Therefore we must stand fast in that Gospel
  • Hold Fast the traditions taught word or epistle

12
Unity Of The Spirit
Is Not
  • Unity In Diversity

13
Unity In Diversity Defined
  • What I Mean By Unity In Diversity
  • Ecumenicalism (Limited in some churches of
    Christ)
  • Accepting others despite doctrinal differences
  • Al Maxey rejects the scriptures being a pattern
    to emulate
  • Rubel Shelly and Max Lucado accept sinners prayer
  • Ketcherside and Garrett accepts non-Christians
  • Brothers in prospect becomes brother in fact
  • Others accept same principle in a limited fashion
  • Accepting them in their sin
  • Doctrine takes backseat for sake of uniting
  • Brethren determine to agree to disagree
  • Doctrinal disagreement is accepted as the norm

14
Leroy Garrett Restoration Review Vol. 20, No. 10
Dec. 1978
  • It is love that unites, not doctrinal agreement.
    Love perfectly unites that which is divided. Even
    if people should reach perfect agreement on all
    the points of doctrine, this would not mean
    perfect unity. Only love made for perfect unity,
    and this when folk may be quite diverse in their
    interpretation of much of the Bible.

15
Al Maxeys Unity Eliminate Doctrine (Pattern)
  • Reflections Al Maxey Issue 3 December 12, 2003
  • When God provided His people with guiding
    principles did He honestly expect all peoples
    everywhere until the end of time to implement
    those principles ONLY after the manner of the
    "approved examples" of a band of fallible
    disciples in one small corner of the globe? And
    if so, where has God ever declared this precept?
    Where has God declared specifically that unless
    we give or love or pray or sing JUST EXACTLY LIKE
    they did in Troas or Corinth or Ephesus or
    Jerusalem we will go straight to hell and be
    tortured for a zillion years?! Would someone
    please show me where God ever declared such a
    thing? What specific command of God makes the
    methodologies of these early disciples the
    universal standard for all peoples for all time?!
    I have yet to find that clear command in
    Scripture.

16
Al Maxeys Unity Remove Us From The Primitive
Model
  • Reflections Al Maxey Issue 3 December 12, 2003
  • I personally doubt ANY of the early disciples
    would recognize much of anything we do today,
    especially in our worship assemblies on Sunday
    morning. In external FORM we are so far removed
    from anything found among first century disciples
    that they would likely disfellowship the whole
    bunch of us (assuming, of course, that they were
    equally into this whole patternistic,
    exclusivistic, isolationist nonsense ... which I
    do not for an instant believe they were).

17
Al Maxeys Conclusion Unity In Diversity
Realized
  • Reflections Al Maxey Issue 3 December 12, 2003
  • In short, this notion of preserving the
    methodologies and customs and traditions of first
    century disciples, and binding them upon all
    disciples the world over until the end of time,
    is ludicrous. It is nowhere in Scripture
    commanded, much less recommended. The principles
    of Christianity can be applied in any culture at
    any time in the history of this planet.
    Christianity is not frozen in 1st century
    practice or perception it transcends such a
    local limitation.

18
Rubel Shellys Limited Ecumenicism Unity In
Diversity Realized
  • A Call to Action - Rubel Shelly Restoration Forum
    XII ACU, Abilene, TX (November 1-3, 1995)
    transcribed by Tom Roberts
  • Third, we can engage in joint ministry with each
    other. We've been speaking at each other's
    conferences and lectureships on a limited scale
    and that practice seems not only to have been
    generally well received but to be growing.
    Frankly, more of us have been invited out of the
    acappella churches to be a part of lectureships
    and teaching settings at Christian Church schools
    and congregations than the reverse.

19
Rubel Shellys Limited Ecumenicism Unity In
Diversity Realized
  • A Call to Action - Rubel Shelly Restoration Forum
    XII ACU, Abilene, TX (November 1-3, 1995)
    transcribed by Tom Roberts
  • The Woodmont Hills Church of Christ, the church
    were I preach in Nashville, and First Christian
    Church of Nashville are sharing a worship
    facility. Some of you already know that. Others
    of you, perhaps, would be shocked to learn that
    about three and a half months ago, the acappella
    Woodmont Hills Church of Christ sold its
    building. …As it turned out, the most practical
    option that was received warmly by both churches
    was a shared use of the facility of an
    independent Christian Church on Franklin Road.
    They'd accommodated us by moving their Sunday
    evening service a bit later and we have use of
    that building on Sunday from 1 to 6 and we have a
    130 and 415 repeat of the same worship hour and
    Sunday school in between at 3. We do our mid-week
    assemblies in there on Thursday.

20
Rubel Shellys Limited Ecumenicism
  • A Call to Action - Rubel Shelly Restoration Forum
    XII ACU, Abilene, TX (November 1-3, 1995)
    transcribed by Tom Roberts
  • But not only that, we're sharing and exchanging
    the uses of personnel. We co-hosted a seminar by
    Lyle Shower (spell ?). We will do some things
    together in the immediate future with regard to
    hosting other events of spiritual significance
    for our two churches that will allow us to affirm
    our relationship to be a positive one. We intend
    for these 18 to 24 months not simply to be a time
    of landlord and tenant relationship, but a time
    of healing between these two congregations, so
    that we can henceforth work together in
    productive ways and not be obstacles to each
    other. We believe that's against the will of God.

21
Max Lucados Sinners Prayer http//www.bible-inf
onet.org/ff/articles/agents/112_11_09.htm
  • Recorded In a Lubbock radio sermon
  • God is ready to be your Father. Maybe you never
    understood that the invitation was for everyone.
    Maybe you thought that you weren't worthy. Maybe
    now you do understand God will make you worthy
    and the invitation is for you, and all you have
    to do is call him Father. Just call him Father.
    Just turn your heart to him even right now as I
    am speaking. Call him your Father, and your
    Father will respond. Why don't you do that?
    Father, I give my heart to you. I give you my
    sins. I give you my tears. I give you my fears. I
    give you my whole life. I accept the gift of your
    Son on the cross for my sins. And I ask you,
    Father, to receive me as your child. Through
    Jesus Christ I pray.

22
Max Lucados View Of Baptism http//www.bible-inf
onet.org/ff/articles/agents/112_11_09.htm
  • Recorded In the same Lubbock radio sermon
  • If today is the first day you've ever prayed a
    prayer like that, could you do me a favor? Could
    you write me a letter? I don't have anything I am
    going to ask from you. I do have a letter I would
    like to send to you. I'd like to give you a word
    about the next step or two. I want to encourage
    you to find a church. I want to encourage you to
    be baptized. I want to encourage you to read your
    Bible. But I don't want you to do any of that so
    you will be saved. I want you to do all of that
    because you are saved.

23
Unity In Diversity The Only Unity http//www.mun.c
a/rels/restmov/texts/wcketcherside/tts/chap5.html
  • The Twisted Scripture by Carl Ketcherside
  • Some of those who mistake conformity for unity
    appear to be startled when they first learn that
    we suggest there may be unity in diversity.
    Actually we go much farther than that. We assert
    that if there is any unity at all it must be
    unity in diversity, if it is to be enjoyed by
    free men. There is no other kind of unity except
    for slaves. Our opponents themselves are proof of
    this. Not one of them is a member of a
    congregation where every person understands each
    scripture alike. Each party agrees upon the
    factional test which it has singled out and made
    the supreme issue. Upon every other matter the
    greatest latitude is permitted. Conformity does
    not make for better Christians, but for greater
    hypocrites.

24
Unity In Diversity Not By Conformity http//www.mu
n.ca/rels/restmov/texts/wcketcherside/tts/chap5.ht
ml
  • The Twisted Scripture by Carl Ketcherside
  •  Every group which contends for conformity of
    every member is inconsistent. Those who quote
    scriptures urging the saints to live in harmony
    under the delusion that unity and harmony are
    identical, misunderstand both human nature and
    the scriptures.
  • Of even greater significance is the fact that if
    unity came by intellectual agreement rather than
    as a grace-gift from God, it could never produce
    a peace that passes understanding.
  • Conformity as a basis of unity is a fantasy,
    whether in the realm of politics, economics,
    philosophy or religion.

25
Unity In Diversity Limited Ecumenicism
  • http//www.thefreedictionary.com/ecumenicism
  • Noun 1. ecumenicism - (Christianity) the doctrine
    of the ecumenical movement that promotes
    cooperation and better understanding among
    different religious denominations aimed at
    universal Christian unity

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Unity In Diversity Limited Ecumenicism
  • http//encarta.msn.com/dictionary_1861607491/ecume
    nism.html
  • Ecumenism Synonym of Ecumenicalism
  • noun  Definition   Church unity a movement
    promoting unity between different Christian
    churches and groups

27
Unity In Diversity Limited Ecumenicism
  • http//www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecumenic
    al
  • Main Entry ecumenical Pronunciation
    \?e-ky?-'me-ni-k?l, -kyü-\ Function adjective
    Etymology Late Latin oecumenicus, from Late
    Greek oikoumenikos, from Greek oikoumene the
    inhabited world, from feminine of oikoumenos,
    present passive participle of oikein to inhabit,
    from oikos house more at vicinity Date circa
    1587 1 worldwide or general in extent,
    influence, or application 2 a of, relating to,
    or representing the whole of a body of churches
    b promoting or tending toward worldwide
    Christian unity or cooperation

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Unity In Diversity Limited Ecumenicism
  • Ecumenicism
  • Attempt To Unit Denominations of the World
  • By Minimizing Doctrinal Differences
  • Accepting each other in their differences
  • Has not united denominations of the world
  • Accepting divergent doctrines of others
  • No denouncing error of others doctrines only
    disagreements
  • Limited Ecumenicism Of Unity In Diversity
  • Attempt To Unit All Believers in Christ
  • By Minimizing Doctrinal Differences
  • Accepting each other in their differences
  • Will not unit the splintered factions of a
    divided body
  • Acceptance of those in error only leads to
    further error
  • No denouncing error of others doctrines only
    disagreement

29
Unity In Diversity Is Not
  • Diversity of Nationality
  • Diversity of Culture
  • Diversity of Race
  • Diversity of Education
  • Diversity of Regional Background
  • Diversity of Physical Characteristics
  • Diversity of Talent
  • Diversity of Spiritual Knowledge
  • Diversity of Spiritual Maturity
  • Diversity of Politics

These Dont Divide us
30
Some Promoting Unity In Diversity
  • See the Corinthian church as the model
  • They had unity in diversity in action
  • They didnt even remove an immoral member
  • See the seven churches of Asia as models
  • Ephesus lost their earlier love Rev 24
  • Smyrna had no stated problems Rev 28-11
  • Pergamos had diverse doctrinal issues Rev 212-15
  • Thyatira had the woman Jezebel Rev 218-20
  • Sardis had a name but was dead Rev 31
  • Philadelphia had no stated problems Rev 37-12
  • Laodicea was luke warm Rev 314-15

31
What Did God Say Of These Models Of Unity In
Diversity?
No Division
  • 1 Corinthians 110-13
  • Now I beseech you, brethren, through 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 perfected together in the same
    mind and in the same judgment. 11?For it hath
    been signified unto me concerning you, my
    brethren, by them that are of the household of
    Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
    12?Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I
    am of Paul and I of Apollos and I of Cephas
    and I of Christ. 13?Is Christ divided? was Paul
    crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the
    name of Paul?

32
What Did God Say Of These Models Of Unity In
Diversity?
  • 5 of the 7 were told to do something to repent
  • Ephesus remember, repent, do first works Rev
    25
  • Or I will remove thy candlestick from its place
  • No longer have Christ walking among it
  • Pergamos repent Rev 216
  • Or I will come quickly
  • Fight against thee with the sword of my mouth
  • Thyatira given time to repent but she did not
    Rev 221
  • I will cast her in a bed of tribulation and kill
    her children
  • That all church will know I search the hearts
  • Sardis remember, hold fast, repent Rev 32-3
  • Be watchful and strengthen what remains
  • I will come like a thief
  • Laodicea be zealous and repent Rev 316-19
  • Spiritually Wretched, miserable, poor, blind,
    naked
  • Buy gold and white garments and eye salve

Diversity Condemned
33
Unity In Diversity
These Divide us
  • Accepts division of doctrine
  • Accepts division of clear bible teaching
  • Accepts division within the body as normal
  • Accepts division of major biblical conformity
  • Accepts and promotes division
  • Overlooks significant doctrinal differences

34
Unity Is Not Promotion Of Error
  • Common Salvation Jude 3
  • One Flock John 1016
  • Unity of the Spirit Eph. 43
  • Stand Fast In One Spirit
  • Striving together For One Faith Phil. 127
  • Unite All Children Of God John 1152
  • Worship In Spirit and Truth John 424
  • Truth Will Set You Free John 832

35
Unity Promotes Doctrinal Conformity
  • Faith Once Delivered Jude 6
  • Abide in the Doctrine of Christ 2 John 9-11
  • Steadfast in Apostles Doctrine Acts 242
  • All Speak The Same Thing 1 Cor. 110
  • No Division But be perfectly joined together
  • In The Same Mind And IN The Same Judgment

36
Is Unity In Diversity Worthy Of Our Calling?
  • Stand Firm In Gospel
  • Unity in reality desired
  • Follow God who calls
  • Hold apostolic tradition
  • Teachings/writings
  • Treading same path
  • Minding same things
  • Led by the spirit of God
  • Unity In Diversity
  • Unity in name only
  • Depart from Gods call
  • Depart apostolic teach.
  • Distort teachings
  • Not walking same path
  • Not mind same things
  • Led by diversity

37
Five Steps To Unity
  • 2. Walk With All Lowliness And Meekness
  • Lowliness (compound word)
  • Not raising far from the ground, low
  • Having the mindset of ones low standing
  • Humility of mind understands own low worth before
    God
  • Not advance teachings contrary to Gods
    direction
  • Then expect others to follow their lead over Gods

38
Five Steps To Unity
  • 2. Walk With All Lowliness And Meekness
  • Meekness
  • Equestrian term combining strength with
    gentleness
  • Might, Strength, Power brought under control
  • To retain strength of poise under provocation
  • Not lend itself to promoting of self interest
  • Not rebellious against Gods instruction
  • Disposition of gentleness not divisive or
    confrontational
  • Jesus was epitome of meekness Mt. 1129
  • Matthew 15 demonstrate the dichotomy of meekness
  • Jesus stood strong against error Mt. 151-8
  • Jesus was gentle with Canaanite woman Mt.
    1521-28

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Five Steps To Unity
  • 2. Walk With All Lowliness And Meekness
  • Jesus demonstrated meekness and lowliness
  • Being strong in opposition against error
  • While possessing a meek and gentle spirit
  • Minor differences will not be pushed to division
  • Departures must be met with strong resolve

40
Five Steps To Unity
  • 3. Walk With Longsuffering
  • To suffer long, not lose patience,
  • Slowness to avenge a wrong done against us
  • Makros long Thoomos heat, quickly boiling
  • All Christians must have as fruit Gal 522
  • Gods longsuffering antediluvian world 1 Pet
    320
  • God was angry with mans wickedness Gen 65
  • But kept anger in check while Noah built the ark

41
Five Steps To Unity
  • 4. Walk Forbearing One Another In Love
  • To suffer, to bear with, endure, to hold up
  • Quality that holds up and bears under differences
  • It puts up with others when problems surface
  • Puts up with others in a spirit of love
  • Paul tells how to hold up another in love 1 Cor
    134-8a

42
Paul Tells How To Hold Up Another In Love 1 Cor
134-8a
  • What Love Is
  • Suffers long
  • Kind
  • Rejoices in the truth
  • Bears all things
  • Believes all things
  • Hopes all things
  • Endures all things
  • What Love Is Not
  • Envious
  • Boastful
  • Arrogant
  • Rude
  • Insist on his own way
  • Irritable
  • Resentful
  • Rejoice in iniquity

43
Requirements Of Love
  • Brethren Not overlook error or sinful behavior
  • Corinth overlooked error of fornication 1 Cor.
    51
  • They did not mourn the division but accepted it
  • They were to judge him that wrought this Vs. 3
  • Walk in Lords commandments 2 Jo 5-6
  • Shared responsibility to correct one another
  • Correct Brothers we see in error Jas 519-20

44
Forbearing In Love
  • Love enough to save from sin
  • Love enough to save a soul from death
  • Does not overlook sin
  • But holds up another
  • By correcting brethren in error
  • By opposing sin wherever we find it
  • Forbearing spirit go a long way for unity
  • Better marriages
  • Better employer and employee relationships
  • Better relationships with brethren

45
Five Steps To Unity
  • 5. Walk Forbearing One Another In Love
  • To suffer, to bear with, endure, to hold up
  • Quality that holds up and bears under differences
  • Not accepting doctrinal differences 1 Cor 1 5
  • Puts up with others when differences arise
  • It puts up with others when problems surface
  • Puts up with others in a spirit of love
  • Paul tells how to hold up another in love 1 Cor
    134-8a

46
Five Steps To Unity
  • 5. Walk Endeavoring To Keep The Unity Of The
    Spirit In The Bond Of Peace
  • Endeavoring as used by Paul
  • To Timothy after being forsaken by others 2 Tim
    49-13
  • Do diligence to come shortly unto me
  • To Timothy to come before winter 2 Tim 421
  • Do thy diligence to come before winter with his
    coat and books
  • Paul wanted Timothy to hurry up, make sure to
    come
  • To Titus come to Nicopolis Titus 312
  • Be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis
  • For I have determined to winter there

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Five Steps To Unity
  • 5. Walk Endeavoring To Keep The Unity Of The
    Spirit In The Bond Of Peace
  • Endeavoring as used by N.T. writers
  • The apostles to Paul remember the poor Gal 210
  • Which I also was forward (zealous ASV) to do
  • To Timothy work as an evangelist 2 Tim 215
  • Give diligence to show thyself approved unto God
  • A workman not ashamed rightly dividing the word
  • Encouragement to enter our rest Heb 411
  • Let us labor therefore to enter that rest
  • Pauls use in our text Eph 43

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Endeavoring To Keep The Unity Of The Spirit
  • Hurry up to do it
  • Make every effort to get the job done
  • To exert oneself in the task
  • It takes work and great effort
  • Not just something we would like to do
  • Something we must do and be quick to do it
  • Seems to be a foreign concept to many

49
Every Disagreement Now Becomes A Test Of
Fellowship
  • Biblical instruction when disagreements come
  • Hasten to keep the unity of the spirit in peace
  • Exert ones self to be united
  • Working quickly toward uniting brethren
  • Divisive Spirit
  • Hastening to find something over which to divide
  • Very little effort exerted to maintain unity
  • Every effort is exerted to force conflict and
    discord
  • Every disagreement becomes a test of fellowship

50
In The Bond Of Peace
  • Translated as band, bond, string, or chain
  • That which binds together, a bond
  • Used of ligaments that bind together the body
  • Of things that are tied together in a bundle
  • The bonds of peace
  • Unite brethren together who might disagree
  • As the human body is united by the ligaments
  • We must endeavor, work, make ever effort
  • To maintain the unity of the spirit
  • In the bond or bands of peace that tie us together

51
How The First Century Kept Unity
  • Division at Corinthian church 1 Cor 110-13
  • Ungodly Attitudes Of Corinthian Brethren
  • Divided over different preachers who taught them
  • Paul worked to correct the division in the church
  • How Paul Correct Them
  • Now I beseech, implore, beg you, please do this
  • That ye all speak the same thing
  • That there be no division among you
  • That you be perfectly jointed together (bound
    together)
  • Be of the same mind and the same judgment
  • Unity of the spirit in the bond of peace
  • Criticism so sharp see vss. 14-17
  • Feared the redemptive work of Jesus would be vain

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The Import Of 1 Cor 114-17
  • Denominational friends miss last point Vs. 17
  • They think Paul says baptism is unimportant
  • Paul taught Col 113-14
  • It translates one out of power of darkness
  • And into the kingdom of Hid dear son
  • It is extremely important and we understand that
  • Some Of Us Miss Pauls First Point Vs. 14-16
  • The horrible ugliness of division
  • So horrible Paul was glad he baptized only a few
  • To limit the ammunition for dividers to use
  • Our focus should be teaching not baptisms

53
Some Of Us Have The Divisive Corinthian Spirit
  • Allow things to divide us
  • With an ungodly spirit unworthy of Christ
  • How many when division arises
  • Are working toward unity of the spirit
  • Or are parsing words looking to divide

54
Jesus Prayed For Unity - John 1720
  • ?Neither for these only do I pray, but for them
    also that believe on me through their word
    21?that they may all be one even as thou,
    Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also
    may be in us that the world may believe that
    thou didst send me. 22?And the glory which thou
    hast given me I have given unto them that they
    may be one, even as we are one 23?I in them, and
    thou in me, that they may be perfected into one
    that the world may know that thou didst send me,
    and lovedst them, even as thou lovedst me.

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Unity Is Jesus Priority Not Just For Apostles Us
Who Believe Their Words
56
Summary Of Mans Part For Unity
  • Walk Worthy Of Our Calling
  • Walk With All Lowliness and Meekness
  • Walk With Longsuffering
  • Walk Forbearing One Another In Love
  • Walk Endeavoring To Keep The Unity Of The Spirit
    In The Bond Of Peace

57
  • 3. Gods Platform For Unity

58
Seven Fold Structure For Unity Ephesians 44-6
  • One Body
  • One Spirit
  • One Hope Of Our Calling
  • One Lord
  • One Faith
  • One Baptism
  • One God And Father Of All

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1. One Body One Church
  • He is the head of the church Eph 122-23
  • The church is the ONE body of Christ
  • He purchased it with His blood Acts 2028
  • His because He built it Mt. 1618
  • Also Gods church - 1 Cor. 11-2
  • Gods because He planned it Eph. 310-11

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Only One Church
  • It is Jesus Church
  • He built it Mt. 1618
  • He purchased it with His blood Acts 2028
  • It is Gods church 1 Cor. 11-2
  • Planned in the eternal mind of God Eph 310-11
  • Which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord
  • More Than Just A Name
  • It is to whom we belong

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One Universal Church Many Local Congregations
  • Each built on ONE foundation Eph 219-22
  • Each united in doctrine and practice 1 Cor 417
  • Each standard is doctrine of Christ 2 Jo 9-11
  • Unity In Diversity Disrupts This Framework
  • Not built on the foundation of apostolic teaching
  • Unity is no longer in conformity to Gods word
  • Doctrine of Christ is less important for unity

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The Denominational Model
  • Differing doctrines and practices
  • Destroys the unity for which Jesus prayed
  • Destroys the unity God planned in one body
  • Unity In Diversity Is A Denominational Model
  • It divides by accepting those teaching error
  • Making the doctrine of Christ unimportant to
    unity
  • Unity in diversity opposes unity of the spirit
  • It divides those in the one body
  • Overlooking doctrine for limited ecuminicism

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Unity Of The Spirit Must Be Achieved
  • Endeavoring To maintain the proper spirit
  • Immaturity in the faith alone does not divide
  • Must be accompanied by ungodly attitude
  • We Must Not Deviate From The One Body
  • And allow acceptance of division
  • Which will segment the One body God planned
  • Forcing division over every difference among us
  • This proves to the world this is not Gods design

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1 Corinthians 1433
  • For God is not the author of confusion?e?, but of
    peace, as in all churches of the saints. e

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2. One Spirit One Source Of Inspiration
  • H.S. Teach Apostles All Things John 1426
  • H.S. Continued Work Of Jesus John 1612-13
  • Jesus had more to teach that they could not bear
  • Spirit of truth would guide them into all truth
  • H.S. delivered truth from God to man
  • H.S. Inspired Men With Gods Very Words
  • Only H.S. Knows Gods Mind 1 Cor. 211-13
  • Not handed down man to man 2 Pet. 119-21
  • Men spake from God moved by H.S.

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One Spirit One Revelator
  • All Divine Truth Revealed By H.S.
  • All Disciples Must Receive One Inspiration
  • Through the One Spirit God revealed all truth
  • No creeds or writings of man acceptable
  • The One Spirit Is the Only Revelation Of God

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3. One Hope Of Our Calling One Reward Of Heaven
  • Our sure and steadfast reward Heb. 618-19
  • It is the ONE hope of our calling
  • We were called for our glory 2 Thes 213-15
  • Our calling is spiritual so is our reward
  • Our reward must be in keeping with our calling
  • Our calling is not by carnal means
  • Gymnasiums, Day Care Centers, Family Life Centers
  • Are carnal means calling a carnal people
  • Our calling is spiritual not carnal
  • Called for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord

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Other Hopes Destroy Hope Of Heaven
  • Premillennial Hope Battle Of Armageddon
  • Mormon Hope To become a god or goddess
  • J.W. Hope To live on an earthly paradise

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4. One Lord One Master
  • Master He To Whom A Person Belongs
  • He is the possessor and disposer of a thing
  • We are what the Master owns Acts 2028
  • He alone must be master of our lives
  • Unity In Diversity accepts those in sin
  • Accepting sin destroys our subservient position
  • We must consistently follow our master

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5. One Faith One System Of Faith
  • One Doctrine
  • E.W. Bullingers Figures Of Speech In The Bible
  • One faith is one system of faith, or one doctrine
  • It is the faith
  • Metonymy of the Adjunct
  • The thing faith is put for the object itself
  • Faith is put for the thing believed
  • Faith put for doctrine
  • The Faith Once Delivered To The Saints Jude 3
  • It is that which must be obeyed Acts 67
  • Unity In Diversity Destroys The Faith by
    accepting error

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We Must Submit To The One System Of Faith
  • Without which unity is not possible
  • Union with error is not Unity Of The Spirit
  • Ecumenicists accept those practicing error
  • Believe from one of two sources Mt. 2123-25
  • From heaven
  • From men
  • One system of faith makes unity possible
  • Anything else is another gospel Gal. 16-9

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6. One Baptism One Way Of Contacting Jesus Blood
  • The Bible References several baptisms
  • Only One baptism cleanses us of sin
  • One burial and resurrection with Jesus
  • One baptism for remission of sins Acts 238
  • One new birth creating a new creature

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7. One God And Father One Great Designer
  • One Great Architect
  • One Great Planner with One great plan
  • One Father who animates us Eph 320-21

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Conclusion
  • Mans Obligation For Unity
  • Walk Worthy Of the Calling
  • Walk with all lowliness and meekness
  • Walk with longsuffering
  • Walk with forbearance for one another in love
  • Walk endeavoring to keep the Unity Of The Spirit
    In The Bond Of Peace

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Conclusion
  • Gods Sevenfold Platform For Unity
  • One Body
  • One Spirit
  • One Hope Of Our Calling
  • One Lord
  • One Faith
  • One Baptism
  • One God and Father of All

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Let Us Endeavor To Answer Jesus Prayer
  • John 1721
  • ?that they may all be one even as thou, Father,
    art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be
    in us that the world may believe that thou didst
    send me.
  • God give strength to develop a spirit of unity
  • Wisdom to maintain structure God provides
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