The sweet psalmist of Israel said, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133:1). To be sure, this is the objective of the Lord’s church today. What David did not delve into was the challenge of making unity a reality.
Paul, by inspiration, tells us that we must endeavor “to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” by recognizing and accepting that there is “one body and one Spirit… one hope… one Lord, one faith, one baptism; (and) one God” (Ephesians 4:3-6). In fact, he enjoins on Christians the obligation to “speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you” (1 Corinthians 1:10).
One of the greatest impacts the Lord’s church can have in any community is in maintaining that tight-knit, hand-in-hand camaraderie that characterizes God’s children. When city has within its limits a multiplicity of denominational organizations with human names adhering to human creeds and worshiping by human direction, the church’s unity with God’s Word and within the congregation serves as a stark contrast to that division.
Jesus said, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17). When we hold to the singularity of God’s church, the authority of the God’s Word and the worship God in Spirit and truth, we stand unified, and we set apart (sanctify) ourselves, inviting those without hope to find that Rock to which they can hold eternally.