The biblical call to unity
We believe unity brings joy to God because it reflects His character and passion.
Right from the beginning of Scripture, we are told that God is one God, yet a community of three persons in perfect, relational love - Father, Son and Spirit in perfect unity (Genesis 1:26).
In the Psalms, we find that God delights in unity. “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity,” David says in Psalm 133. “For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.”
And throughout the New Testament, there are countless calls and examples of unity. In Ephesians 2: 14-18, the apostle Paul talks about the peace and reconciliation that was won for us by Jesus on the cross. Jesus is bringing the Jews and the gentiles together as one new body – a new kind of unity. Paul finishes this section with a Trinitarian verse: "For through Him, we both have access to the Father by one Spirit." The unity of the new Jesus people and the united plan and work of the Trinity are brought together in Paul’s thoughts.
When we think of the need for unity among God's people, we often think of Jesus’ prayer in John 17. Jesus prays for believers that they may one, just as the Father and the Son are one (v21f). Jesus goes on to pray that they may be brought to complete unity, to let the world know that Jesus was sent into the world by the Father (v23). So this unity of believers has a purpose. In Jesus’ mind, this unity is a pointer to discovering His character and mission. Unity then becomes imperative, because it is a visual aid to the need for faith. Seeing how Christians love one another points to the Lord, whose extraordinary love makes unity possible.
Finally, in the last book of the Bible, we have a picture of those who are worshipping Jesus. The group is made up of people from every tongue, tribe and nation – it’s the perfect unity of worshipping people captivated by the glory of their Lord.
This great, multi-cultured multitude worships Jesus unreservedly. Our unity in Christ now, though imperfect, is foretaste of the wonderful unity to come.
Unity in Christ is exciting and vital. It is our calling in Jesus and it’s a crucial witness to the world.
We need one another. Come with us.