“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! … for there the LORD
commanded the blessing, even life for evermore” (Psalm 133:1,3)

The goodness and pleasantness of unity portrayed by the psalmist is a prophecy of the oneness of those
who are saved in Jesus Christ, those who make up the church; for, the place of unity is the place of
obtaining eternal life.  The blessedness found in unity is an acknowledged universal truth.  The peace and
love found in unity are sought by all.  Realizing that unity is desired, and the blessing of God is within it,
the dilemma becomes: How do we achieve unity?


Before the question can be answered, the question must first be understood.  In seeking “unity,” what do
we seek?

Webster defines “unity”: “1a: the quality or state of not being multiple: ONENESS… 2a: a condition of
harmony: ACCORD b: continuity without deviation or change (as in purpose or action) 3a: the quality or
state of being made one: UNIFICATION 4: a totality of related parts: an entity that is a complex or
systematic whole … UNITY implies oneness esp of what is varied and diverse in its elements or parts …
UNION implies a thorough integration and harmonious cooperation of the parts.”

In defining the Hebrew word for “unity” Robert Young says, “at one, together.”

Strong says, “properly a unity, i.e. (adverbally) unitedly.”

Brown, Driver and Briggs in the Hebrew lexicon say, “in union, together … of community in action, place
or time.”

In defining the Greek word for “unity”, Zondervan press says, “oneness, unity.”

Thayer says, “unity,…; i.q. unanimity, agreement.”

The idea of the word in Hebrew, Greek and English is of being one in purpose and action, of being together
in what is said and done.


Jesus, in one of his last acts upon the face of the earth, prayed for the unity of the saved, the church:  
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they
all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world
may believe that thou has sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may
be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the
world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me” (John 17:20-23).

The apostle Paul more than once pleaded with the early church to have unity.

To the Corinthians he wrote under inspiration of the Holy Spirit: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the
name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you;
but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.  For it hath been
declared unto me of you, my  brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions
among you.  Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas;
and I of Christ.  Is Christ divided?  Was Paul crucified for you?  Or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?”
(1 Corinthians 1:10-13).  The unity that Paul pleaded for was for all those in the church to speak the same
thing, to be of the same mind, to be of the same judgment, to be called by the name of the One who was
crucified for them and whose name they were baptized in, Christ, and to have no divisions; they were to
be one.

To the church at Ephesus, the beloved apostle Paul under the directions of God wrote: “I therefore, the
prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all
lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 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” (Ephesians 4:1-6)

Within the calling of the Christian, the apostle pleads for saints with all humility, patience and love to seek
after the unity belonging to the Holy Spirit in peace.  The brethren were to be one: as there is one body or
church (Ephesians 1:22,23; Colossians 1:18); as there is one Lord, Jesus Christ (John 13:13; Acts 4:12; 1
Corinthians 8:5,6); as there is one faith, one system of commandments to follow, the doctrine of Christ,
the New Testament (II John 9; Galatians 1:6-9); as there is one baptism, immersion in order to obtain the
remission of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Colossians 2:12); and, as there is but one God and Father of all, the
Almighty Creator (I Corinthians 8:5,6; Genesis 1&2).

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