One Accord // Part 2
Over the last couple of months, we have been talking about the armor of God and dressing to win the battles of life. During those studies, it was mentioned that a successful military strategy always includes fighting as a unit. Even if you are dressed in the armor of God, you can still become a victim if you try to fight the enemy of your soul in an isolated fashion. God created us to worship, to live, to grieve, to rejoice, to minister as a unit or as a body. Even though we all have access to the same Holy Spirit, no one has all the gifts of the Spirit. God desires for our corporate expression to be the ultimate expression of His Being.
Last Sunday, we discussed the importance of unity. Today, we study the reason for our unity. If you study the Bible, then you know that there is one God. Deeper study reveals that there are actually three Persons which make up the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each Person of the Godhead is equally God but each has a unique personage. There are not three Gods but three expressions of the same God. Some scriptures that reveal the Trinity:
- When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” — Luke 3:21-22
- But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you. — John 14:26
- This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. — Acts 2:32-33
What makes the concept of the Trinity difficult for some is the following scripture: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” (Deuteronomy 6:4) A known rule of exegesis is that you use scripture to explain scripture. Truly, the word used here – “echad” – does mean “one”. But, the word “echad” is also used to describe the following:
- A husband and wife becoming one.
- Man becoming like one of Us after eating the fruit. (Gen. 3:22)
- The people of Babel being one because they all spoke the same language. (Gen. 11)
- Jacob worked for Rachel and many days seemed to him as one. Gen. 29)
The word used for “one” God does mean that there is one God but it also means that there are more than one that are in unity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Is there ever disunity among the Godhead? No. Their unity is so remarkable that it looks to us like the three are one – which they are! If God is the Head of the church and His body, how then would you expect the body to function? In unity! What makes the Godhead so unified?
God is love according to 1 John. Love defines the operation of the Trinity. The fruit of the Spirit is love. Jesus thanked the Father in John 17 for loving Him since the foundation of the world. Jesus said that the world must know that He loves the Father and does exactly what the Father has commanded (John 14:31). Love operates in and among the Trinity and therefore, love is to be what operates among us.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” — 1 John 4:7
There is perfect honor in the Godhead. If there were no honor, there would be no glory. The Father honors the ministry of the Son. The Son honors the ministry of the Father. The Father and Son honor the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Where you have honor, you have unity. Honor makes it difficult to see differences among members. We are to honor each other and when we do, unity will be the product.
“Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God.” — 1 Peter 2:17 (ESV)
There is submission among the Godhead. Jesus submits to His Father’s will. The Holy Spirit comes when the Father sends Him. The Father submits judgment of the world to His Son. Submission, when combined with love and honor, destroys disunity. We are to submit to God ordained authorities and to one another as temples of the Holy Spirit.
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” — Ephesians 5:21
The Godhead serves as our example of unity and our unity serves as evidence that we are vitally connected to the Godhead and are under its authority.
- Luke 3:21-22
- John 14:26
- Acts 2:32-33
- 1 John 4:7
- 1 Peter 2:17 (ESV)
- Ephesians 5:21
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