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A CALL FOR DIVINE UNITY

BRIEF BIBLICAL EXHORTATION FOR THE CHURCH ELDERSHIP

TEXT: John 17:21 “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.

INTRODUCTION

God is one supreme God as we are taught in The Bible. In the book of Gen.1:1“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. And also in Deut. 6:4″Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord”. We believe in Him as the creator of the universe and everything therein. But a careful study of the scriptures will show that God exists in three persons that is a Godhead manifested in three persons. And, Col. 2:9, says, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of The Godhead…”.

THE UNITY OF THE BODY IN CHRIST

A. DIVINE EXAMPLE: The Trinity is a divine example for the body of Christ to take good example.

  1. They manifest at the Baptism of Christ. Mat. 3:13-17.
  2. They also manifest in the baptismal formula of the members of the body of Christ as taught by the lord. Mat. 28:19.
  3. The benediction found in 2nd 13:14. This Benediction is also done in the name of The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  4. It is written in 1stJohn 5:7 that they also bear records in heaven.

 B. THE APOSTOLIC EXAMPLE

  1. Church at Pentecost demonstrated oneness. Acts 2:1-4.
  2. It is recommended that unity is good and pleasant. Psalm 133:1-2.
  3. They maintained oneness in doctrine. Acts 2:42-43.
  4. In the resources of the church they administered oneness. Acts 2:44-45

 C. HE SERIOUSNESS OF THE WORD OF GOD WAS EXHIBITED BY THE LORD

  1. Jesus prayed for the unity of the church. John 17:21-23
  2. Paul appealed for the unity of the church. Eph. 4:1-5
  3. The Apostle frowned at the Corinthian church because of disunity. 1st Cor. 3:3

CONCLUSION

Let us take a very good example from the early church that God wants us ‘the body of Christ’ to unite, walk and work in unity. Eph. 4:3 ““Endeavoring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.””

BY PASTOR DR E. T. DODOH {JP}