The Law of Unity
Through the course of history, man has discovered that there exist certain natural laws that are universal in nature. That is, these laws affect everyone and everything regardless of their social status, religious beliefs or nationality. Everyone readily accepts the fact that the Law of Gravity applies equally to both the rich Atheist in the United States and the poor Hindu in India.
Those who are intellectually open and honest must also acknowledge a plethora of natural laws found in the Holy Scriptures. The laws of Diet, Finances and Sowing and Reaping, just to name a few, are as universally applicable, constant and reproducible as the First Law of Thermodynamics. Mansí vain attempts to ignore or disprove these laws prove to be as futile as trying to ignore or disprove the Law of Gravity.
Since these laws remain constant through the ages, it would be to our benefit to master them; to familiarize ourselves with their application, so that they become an avenue of blessing and not a curse. The first of these laws is the Law of Unity.
Proof-text for the Law of Unity:
Genesis 11:5,6 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 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 imagined to do.
A Definition of the Law of Unity:
According to the testimony of the Lord God, any time a group of people have totally dedicated themselves to the attainment of a specific goal, that goal shall be achieved. In the event that the attainment of that goal is opposed, then those with the greater dedication and unity shall prevail.
Illustrations from History:
The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917-20: What began as a relatively small group of communists in 1903 with little sympathy or financial support led to the violent overthrow of Czarist Russia. These groups (or cells) were diligent in their propaganda, taking advantage of the social ills of the time. At first, society considered their message radical and unrealistic. However, the constancy of their message and their unified dedication in the face of overwhelming opposition and danger slowly began to win converts from the common class until they were ultimately able to attain their goal.
The Vietnam War of 1965-1975: Although revisionist history places our war in Vietnam in the "loose" column, the United States forces, in fact, won every major conflict including the infamous Tet offensive. The demise of the United Stateís presence and power in Vietnam was not due to losses on the battlefields but to the loss of support of the American public. The North Vietnamese were unified in their determination to win and America was not.
Unity in the Spiritual Realm:
All angels are unified in their respective goals. The angels of God are dedicated to the establishment of the Kingdom of God. And the angels of Satan (demons) are dedicated in their rebellion against the Kingdom of God (Daniel 10:12,13). Although our Christian lives are lived out in the physical realm, the real work and warfare is conducted in the spiritual realm (II Corinthians 10:3,4; Ephesians 6:12).
Before we continue any further in this discourse, it is necessary for us to define Godsí goal. Theologians and denominations have written libraries full of books defining the Kingdom of God, the will of God or the purpose of God. The simple truth is that God is looking for friends: men and women and young people who spend time fellowshipping with Him for no other reason than they want to (John 15:15). This earth was created and Adam and Eve were placed in the garden for one reason: fellowship. In fact, the great tragedy of the Fall of Man was not that Adam sinned but, that he chose the friendship of Eve over his friendship with God. So, in the next 4,000 years of human history as recorded in our Old Testament, we find God constantly providing a way for fallen man to have a relationship with Him. And time and again, we find mankind forsaking the friendship of God for the things of the world.
Then our Lord Jesus Christ clarified the Fathersí desire in His parable of the marriage feast (Matthew 22:1-14). The King (our heavenly Father) had provided a feast, an opportunity for fellowship. But, those who were invited choose to occupy themselves with other activities. The servants were then charged with the responsibility to go out and bring everyone they could find back to the feast.
This is the summation of the Christian life: to enjoy the provisions and friendship of our King and to bring as many others as we can find to the feast.
Christís Desire for Unity in the Church:
The final petition of our Lordís high priestly prayer was for unity in the believers: that we would be one even as Jesus and the Father are one (John 17:20-23). The task of building the Kingdom of God in this fallen world appears impossible. How can so few reach so many? It can only happen when we walk in unity. Godís Kingdom will be established when we set aside our personal desires and comforts and agree on one purpose: Godís purpose.
The Result of Unity:
There was only one time in 2000 years of Church history when the Church walked in perfect unity. The opening chapters of the book of Acts reveals a unified Church (Acts 2:1). The result of that unity was power through the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). The result of that power was the salvation of 3000 souls that day (Acts 2:41) and 5000 more in the days to follow (Acts 4:4). From 150 believers to more than 8000 within one week Ė the Church was well on itsí way to victory.
Opposition to Unity:
As mentioned before, Satan is opposed to Godís plan and will do anything and everything he can to defeat it. Since Satan has failed to destroy the Church, he has accomplished the next best thing: he has rendered it powerless. How? By destroying our unity. By fragmenting the Body of Christ. By causing us to concentrate on what is different about each other instead of what we have in common: Jesus! We are so busy promoting our own individual churches and denominations that we have failed to notice that the Power is gone! Why do we fight among ourselves? Why do we insist that one denomination is better than another? Division: it is the enemyís most powerful tactic, and he has used it successfully for 2000 years.
Our Last Opportunity for Unity:
We are in the Last Days! I fully expect to see the return of The Lord in our lifetime. Jesus is coming back for His Bride, the Church. In what condition will our Bridegroom find us? Defeated? Powerless? Filled with jealousy and strife? Or will He find us a glorious Church, without spot or wrinkle? (Ephesians 5:27). Having personally ministered in six major denominations in my life, I recognize the fact that we will never agree on everything. However, the Word of God is clear, There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and in you all (Ephesians 4:4-6). On these facts we must agree. We must also recognize that our heavenly Father has already made provision for the teaching and leadership that would bring us into unity. Ephesians 4:11 lists the five ministry gifts that the LORD has placed in the leadership of His Church. Notice the result of the proper leadership in the Body of Christ: The Saints are matured, the Kingdom of God is built, the Body of Christ is strengthened, and we all come into unity (Ephesians 4:12, 13). I encourage and challenge every believer not to concentrate on our differences but to take every opportunity to encourage the unity of all the Blood washed Saints of God.