U N I T Y

 

 

 

The word “unity” means “being one” or the state of oneness.  Unity also means something that is complete or whole.  To fully understand the concept of unity from the Christian view point we can only learn from God’s revelation in the Holy Bible.

 

One of the scribes asked the Lord Jesus Christ this question, “Which is the first commandment of all?  Jesus answered him, ’The first of all the commandments is,

 

‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.
Shema Yisrael, Ado-nai Elo-heinu, Ado-nai Echad.

 

 

And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

Baruch sheim kavod mal-chuso li-olam va-ed

 

 

This is the first commandment.” (Mk. 12:28-29)

 

For centuries Deuteronomy 6:4-5 that begin with these words have been known in Jewish tradition as "The Shema" which contains the fundamental truth of Israel's religion.   The One True God is a unity.  The Shema is not only the creed of the Jews in the Old Testament, but it also has a place of prominence for all Christians in the New Testament as well. 

 

 

God  revealed  Himself  as  the  Creator 

 

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  Then God said, ‘Let there be light ‘, and there was light.” (Gen. 1:1-3)

 

“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Gen. 1:26)

 

The personal pronouns “Us” and “Our” in the plural form does not mean there are many creators for there is only one Creator who created man in His own image, and not ‘in their images’.

 

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:27)

 

“Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb:  I am the LORD, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone,  Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself.” (Isa. 44:24)

 

“Have we not all one Father?  Has not one God created us? . . .” (Mal. 2:10)

 

Throughout the ages the people of God called Him as their heavenly Father who is the Creator of mankind.

 

God’s  Revelation  of  His  Incarnation

 

This One True God has revealed through the prophets in the Old Testament that He would come to this earth in human form. 

 

Isaiah 9:6 is one of the most powerful prophecies that the One True God would manifest Himself in the flesh:

 

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government willl be upon His shoulder: And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

 

The terms “Child” and “Son” refer to the Incarnation or manifestation of the “Mighty God" and the “Everlasting Father."

 

Isaiah also prophesied that the Messiah would be called “Immanuel”, that is, “God with us” (Isa. 7:14 Mt. 1:22-23).

 

Micah 5:2 proves that the Messiah is God. "But you, Bethlehem Ephratah . . . yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting."

 

Thus the Old Testament clearly states that the Messiah and Savior who is to come would be the One True God Himself.

 

The  Lord  Jesus  Christ  revealed  the  Holy  Spirit

 

The Lord Jesus Christ declared: “I and My Father are one.” (Jn. 10:30). The disciples already knew the Father as their Creator (Mal. 2:10). They also knew Jesus is the Son of God (Mt. 16:16-17). Jesus revealed the Holy Spirit to His disciples: “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter - KJV), that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” (Jn. 14:15:-17).

 

Unity  of  the  Father,  Son  and  Holy  Spirit

 

There is only One True God; the Creator of the heavens and the earth and of all mankind (Mk 12:29; Acts 17:24-25). God exists eternally by Himself, being infinite in power, holy in nature, attributes and purpose; and possessing absolute, indivisible deity. This One True Cod has revealed Himself to mankind in three principal ways. He manifests Himself as the FATHER (Creator), SON (Savior), and HOLY SPIRIT (Comforter). These three are One and the same God.

 

Unity  of  the  Lord  Jesus  Christ  with  His  Church

 

“For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.  ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’  This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the Church.”  (Eph. 5:30-32)

 

The relationship between the Lord Jesus Christ and the Church is like that of a husband and his wife.  In the natural marriage “a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife.”  In the spiritual marriage the Lord Jesus Christ would leave His heavenly Father and also His earthly mother and be joined to His wife which is the Church (Phil 2:5-8; Jn. 19:25-27).  Just as the husband and the wife “shall become one flesh” so Christians unite with the Lord Jesus Christ to become His Body which is the Church.  “This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the Church.”  

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