Unity of Believers
What relation do the Father and the Son sustain to each other?
"I and My Father are one." John 10:30.
In what did Christ ask the Father in behalf of His disciples?
"Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast
given Me, that they may be one, as We are." John 17:11.
Could the church be thus, what influence would it have on unbelievers?
"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 has sent Me." John 17:21.
What did the apostle Paul teach on this point?
"Now I beseech you, brethren, by 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 perfectly joined together in the
same mind and in the same judgment." 1 Cor. 1:10.
What was a prominent cause of division in the early church?
"For I know this, that after My departing shall grievous wolves
enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves
shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after
them." Acts 20:29, 30.
What did this division cause among the believers even in Paul's day?
"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he
who now letteth [hindereth] will let, until he be taken out of the way." 2 Thess. 2:7.
When paganism, that which hindered the full development of this "mystery," was
taken out of ti1e way, what followed?
"And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord
shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the
brightness of His coming." 2 Thess. 2:8.
By what name is this power elsewhere called?
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not
come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be
revealed, the son of perdition: who opposeth and exalteth himself
above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God
sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." 2 Thess. 2:3, 4.
To what does the apostle liken the church?
"Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular." 1 Cor. 12:27.
And being members of Christ's body, of what else do we become members?
"So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one
members one of another." Rom. 12:5.
As members of one another, what is the duty of each?
"That there should be no schism in the body: but that the
members should have the same care one for another." 1 Cor. 12:25.
If the church is one, as the body of Christ, what should be its united aim?
"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk
worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and
meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring
to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Eph. 4:1-3.
When the Lord is about to come, how will the true ministers of the gospel stand on
"Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together
shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall
bring again Zion." Isa. 52:8.
What solemn message, just before the Lord's coming, will bring this unity?
"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same
shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God... Here is the patience of the
saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith
of Jesus." Rev. 14:9-12.
When the lord comes, what will be the united cry of these faithful ones?
"And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we
have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the lord; we have
waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation." Isa. 25:9.