The Unity of the Holy Spirit
The Unity of the Worldly Spirit
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” – (Ps.133:1).
“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of peace. 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 through all, and in you all” – (Eph.4:3-6).
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God…” – (I Cor.2:12).
The Lord Jesus prayed the we Christians might be one: “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us” – (Jn.17:21). The Holy Spirit has baptized the true church into one body – “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” – (I Cor.12:13). Now born again believers are to keep the unity which the Holy Spirit has made. We cannot make that unity. We cannot join into an ecumenical movement to force a kind of physical unity. Only the Holy Spirit in a born again believer makes the unity, but we are to maintain it. We belong to one body and we are one in Christ.
“One body” refers to the total number of true born again believers from Pentecost to the rapture – “One spirit” refers to the Holy Spirit who baptizes each true believer into the body of Christ. One work of the Holy Spirit is to unify believers in Christ. This is the unity that the believer is instructed to keep. “One hope” refers to the goal set before all Christians – the hope of heaven and eternal life. “One Lord” refers to the Lord Jesus Christ. There are many false lords and false christs but only one Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – just one. “One faith” the Christian faith. There is only one true faith and that’s the faith in the blood of Christ that saves your soul. All other religions do not have the Holy Spirit in them. “One baptism” refers to the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is true baptism. Ritual baptism is by water. Water baptism is a symbol of the real baptism of the Holy Spirit by which believers are made one. Water baptism never saved anyone. “One God and Father of all” refers to God’s Fatherhood of believers. Since there is only one Father, he is not the father of unbelievers. Sonship can only come through Christ. He is God and Father only of those who have been born again into God’s family.
The unity God has for His people is not deadly uniformity, not an imitation ecumenism: it is not a unity brought about by doctrinal compromise, political expediency or organizational efficiency. The church is not an organization but an organism; its symbol for this age is a body, not a business. This unity is not a universal brotherhood of man but a unity of brethren that are born again of the Holy Spirit. Nobody can organize brotherhood. People can join lodges and clubs and churches, they can promote ecumenical movements all in vain. There can be no universal brotherhood of man apart from a universal Fatherhood of God, and the Bible makes clear that God is not the Father of all, but He is the Father only of those who are born again, born from above, born of the Spirit of God. Most of modern Christendom is churchianity rather than Christianity.
Our churches are filled with church members that have never been born again into God’s true church. I have found that we cannot join most churches in this day of apostasy because we would be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. Only a remnant of all church members are true Christians born again by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ.
It was King David who gave cohesion to the
nation and centralized everything in
Today God no longer dwells in temples made
of wood and stone but in saved sanctified bodies made of flesh and bone. God
dwells in living bodies not a dead building. He dwells in born again saints
saved by the blood of Christ with the Holy Spirit in them. It is the Holy
Spirit in the living
The Devil always seeks to imitate the things of God, to get as close to
God’s truth as he can so as to more easily deceive. In these end times, he is
bringing about a unity of a worldly church and a worldly state united together
by the spirit of the world. The born again church and the world
are worlds apart. “Now we have
received, not the spirit of the world,
but the spirit which is of God…”- (I Cor.2:12). There is the true spiritual unity of the body of
Christ in these end times and Satan is also preparing a false unity in an
apostate church called “
Satan’s Antichrist will be exposed by his speaking constantly of unity and that means not only political unity but religious unity as well. He will promote the unity of all faiths and religions under the false doctrine of “all religions are the same, we all worship the same God.” He will promote religious unity through his False Prophet and he will promote political unity with other heads of state himself. This unity will culminate in the worship of Antichrist as God with Satan being worshipped through him. We know that the arrival of Antichrist is near because the worldwide unity of religion and state is already in full bloom. Antichrist will have a dream of worldwide unity.
Ecumenism is the word for Satan’s unity of
religion with unsaved people who have the spirit of the world and not the Holy
Spirit. Ecumenical means (the whole world). Christian Unity Week is organized
today by the World Council of Churches and the
When Jesus spoke of unity in His church in (Jn.17), He excluded the ecumenicals (the whole world) – He excluded worldly unsaved people. His true church is hated by the world and persecuted by them and this is especially so during the great tribulation. Jesus said – “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” – (Jn.17:14).
The governments of
Satan wants all non-Christians, who are one in the spirit of the world,
to worship Antichrist. Antichrist will be in the center of worldwide political unity
(United Nations) and worldwide religious unity. He will unite all the unsaved
together so they will worship him and his image and receive his unifying mark
of the Beast – 666, without which you cannot buy or sell. All those with the
spirit of the world will be marked with 666. Written on the ‘Great Seal of the
In (Dan.2) we have the king’s dream and the giant image depicting Gentile empires and the prophecy of the end time empire of Antichrist- the feet of iron and clay. “And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potter’s clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, and forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay” – (Dan.2:41-43).
We see the empire of the
There is a unity between all unsaved people who have the spirit of the world and a unity between saved, born again people who have God’s Holy Spirit. And they are not compatible anymore than light is compatible with darkness – “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” – (Jn.3:19). “…and what communion hath light with darkness” – (2 Cor.6:14).
Are you born again by God’s Holy Spirit? Have you become a new creature in Christ? Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). Your old man is crucified with Christ on the cross and you become a holy, new person – “…The new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” – (Eph.2:24). God changes your worldly spirit and your unity with the world and you become world’s apart from the world. You belong to the holy citizenship of heaven. You are now strangers and pilgrims on this earth, having a different spirit, but strangers no more to the kingdom of heaven having the Holy Spirit. “For though him, we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints of and the household of God” – (Eph.2:18,19).
Repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith in truth and you will become a new saved, born again creature in Christ with a new Holy Spirit in you. You will have forgiveness of sins and conquer death and be destined for eternal life. You will have the unity of the Holy Spirit who unifies you with the true body of Christ on earth and your heavenly Father in heaven. You are now a child of God, born from above, born again.