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THE ONE SPIRIT

Christian unity is a dynamic conditionthat brings tremendous blessing.

It must be pursued with all diligence and, once found, guarded and

preserved.Although fragile at times, it is the source of peace and a

wonderful prize for the meek and lowly of heart. Without unity, the

 door of our life, home and assembly fellowship is opened to

discouragement,discord, and the attack of the devil.It is the “unity of

the Spirit” that we speak of here. Our fallen flesh cares not for unity

but for self. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that the

selfish flesh can be defeated and the paths of unity be pursued.

Notice the key words found in the preceding verses of Ephesians 4:2-3:

 lowliness, meekness, longsuffering,forbearing, love and peace.It takes

the attitudes or fruit of theHoly Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) to foster a relationship

that desires and delights in such a spiritual unity.Therefore, the means

of unity is by submission and yieldedness to the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Unlike secular unity that has its roots in compromise or consensus,

the believer’s call to unity is built upon a solid foundation of truth.

This is the work of the Holy Spirit: to guide us into all truth (Jn.16:13).

 Hence, our unity is not built upon that which we can all support and

agree upon.Our unity is the product of being in the Spirit of Truth, and

 thus enabled by the Spirit to embrace the truth of God together as one.

The process of the Holy Spirit bringing unity to the saints can be

understood within three distinct relationships or directions: unity with

God, unity with Christ, and unity with one another as children of God.

I would suggest that these three relationships are progressive in

nature.Our unity with one another flows from our unity with Christ,

and our unity with Christ flows from our unity with God. The one Spirit,

 the Holy Spirit of God, is the conduit that connects these relationships

 and makes that precious unity possible

Unity with God

God is a Spirit being (Jn. 4:24). He is not confined to or defined by

space,matter, or time.He is invisible. He is separated from our material

and physical world, yet can be known and approached by His creatures.

 How can this be? God has equipped man for this relationship.

He has given man a spirit that sets him apart from the rest of creation.

Our spiritual connection to God is established “by the washing of

regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5).

God invites the believer to worship Him in spirit and in truth (Jn. 4:23).

It is the Holy Spirit that “beareth witness with our spirit” (Rom. 8:16)

that we are the children of God. It is the Holy Spirit that “maketh

intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Rom. 8:27).

These and many other verses of Scripture make it clear that we

 can have unity with God only by His Spirit.

Unity with Christ

The Holy Spirit is the key to our relationship to Christ. It is the Holy

Spirit that teaches us of the person of Christ, glorifies Christ through

us, and is the conduit of communication between Christ and the inner

man of the believer (Jn. 16:13-15).And the bride say, Come” (Rev. 22:17).

It is the life of the Holy Spirit within us that executes the power of our

new life in Christ and frees us from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:2).

The fruit of the Spirit is the very character and attitude of Christ

revealed in us. It is the indwelling Spirit of Christ that is the proof that we

 belong to Christ (Rom. 8:9).If, at the time of the rapture our mortal

bodies are in the grave, it becomes the work of the one Spirit to quicken

and unite in perfect unity, for the first time, our body, soul, and spirit

(Rom. 8:11). You might say, that from the cradle of our new life in Christ

to the resurrection of our body from the grave, the Holy Spirit is at work

assuring our unity to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Unity within the body of Christ

Our unity within the body of Christ is fully dependent upon the indwelling

work of the one Spirit. To begin with, our very entrance into that spiritual

 body occurred at the time of salvation when “by one Spirit we were all

baptized into one body…and have been all made to drink into one Spirit”

(1 Cor. 12:13). Then it is the Holy Spirit who enables us to understand

the spiritual nature and truths of the one body (1 Cor. 2:12-16). As we

are yielded to the control of the Holy Spirit,we are able to exercise spiritual

 gifts for the edification of the body. The Holy Spirit enables believers to

“be kind one to another, tenderhearted,forgiving one another…”

(Eph. 4:30-3)

The one Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, is the

invisible force within the dynamics of the Christian life. He is the

cohesiveness that brings balance and unity to thefour pillars of the church

 seen in Acts 2:42: the apostles’ doctrine, fellowship, breaking bread,and

prayer. He is the divine resident indwelling us and uniting us to God the

Father, God the Son, and the sons of God. By Him alone is it possible

for us to attain to the desire of the apostle Paul: Fulfill ye my joy, that ye

 be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind”

(Php. 2:2).This unity with the Godhead,by the one Spirit is the ultimate

anticipation of the Lord for His saints. A review of His prayer in John 17,

particularly verses 20 to 26, will make this desire of the Lord’s heart

evident. This oneness with theLord Jesus Christ and God the Father

includes a sharing of, and our joining with, their presence, their glory,

and their love. Such oneness is too wonderful to take in fully.it is by the

one Spirit that all this is ours for an eternity to come. Listen to our oneness

 with the Spirit expressed in the closing verses of God’s precious Word:

“The Spirit and

the bride say, Come” (Rev. 22:17).

“Fulfill ye my joy,that ye be likeminded,having the same love,

being of one accord, of one mind” (Php. 2:2)

THE ONE SPIRIT

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