Daily Tidbits 1/19/12 – Unity

Unity comes only through Christ and the New Covenant in Him (Psalm 50:5; Isaiah 49:3-9; Hebrews 2:11; 13:20-21; Jeremiah 50:5; Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 1:20; 2:1-11) and walking with Him (1John 1:3-7).

“Unity in the body of Christ does not rest on uniformity, but on our common ‘blood,’ which is the blood of Christ.  We are now members of one family, and that identity cannot be taken from us, no matter how much we disagree or quarrel.” (The Gospel in Human Contexts – Paul Hiebert pg 193)

Walking with Christ as His disciple leads to truth (John 8:31-32; Isaiah 8:16).  The concept of being marked in Scripture is linked with this walk.

The letter ת ‘tav’ in pictograph form is two crossed sticks which has the meaning of a covenant and being marked (Ezekiel 9:4).  We can choose the covenant of Life in Messiah Jesus (Isaiah 42:6; 49:8; Zechariah 9:11; Jeremiah 31:31; Matthew 26:28) or we can choose the covenant of death (Isaiah 28:15) which promises deliverance from death (ie false tree of life which is the tree of knowledge) but in reality leads to hell.  There is unity in both.  Unity in Messiah as His body & bride or unity in the beast as his body & bride.

Covenant relationship is linked with walking together. (Genesis 17:1-2; Amos 3:3; 1 Kings 8:23; 2 Kings 23:3; 2 Chronicles 6:14; 34:31; Psalm 78:10)

Amo 3:3 Will two walk together (Hebrew יחד  ‘yachad’– one, unity) except they are agreed?

The word translated as ‘agreed’ here is יעד  ‘ya’ad’ which is associated with appointed times and marriage.

Walking together in covenant with the Most High is equivalent to knowing His Way.  Knowing His Way is Knowing Him (Exodus 33:13).  Knowing Him is linked with unity (Ephesians 4:13; 1:17; Colossians 3:9-17; 2:2-3; 1 Timothy 2:4-7; 2 Peter 1:2-11, 20; 3:17-18; Philemon 1:6).  To know Him is to be marked in His Love, the bond of perfection (Matthew 22:37-40; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Romans 8:28-30, 37-39).

We can be marked with His mark/Name, walking in His ways (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 1:4) or marked with the mark of the beast and his paths (Proverbs 2:1-22; Psalm 17:4-5).   A false unity is linked with the beast (Daniel 11:23; 1 Maccabees 1:42; Joshua 9:2; 11:5; Judges 6:33; Nehemiah 4:8; 6:2,7; Psalm 31:13; 56:6; 71:10; 74:8; 83:5; 88:17; 41:7; 14:1-3).  As believers our only unity is in Christ…one body.  We must avoid the temptation to join ‘the group’ at the expense of truth, as Messiah is Truth (John 14:6, 17; 16:13-14; Psalm 119:160; 2 Timothy 2:15; John 8:31-32; Exodus 23:2).

The main goal of unity is the preparation unto perfection of the bride to meet the Bridegroom (Matthew 5:48; Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 13:9-13; Ephesians 4:11-13; Philippians 3:14-15; Colossians 1:28; 3:14; 4:12; Romans 10:4; Psalm 119:1).  This is done through love (Colossians 3:14; 1 Corinthians 13:9-13; Romans 13:10; 1 John 4:10, 12, 16; 5:3).

Truth can not be overlooked in regards to the unity issue.  The strong delusion comes upon those who have not a love of the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:11).  Those in this delusion are in unity with the beast (Psalm 2:1; Acts 4:26; Psalm 64:2; 83:3,5).  Ephesians 4 is the only portion of New Testament Scripture that uses the word unity, it is in this portion that Paul speaks of the edifying of the body of Messiah through the truth in love unto maturity (Philippians 3:7-21).

We cannot overlook the truth in order to have ‘unity’ with others who are not walking in truth (Exodus 23:2; 32:1; Proverbs 4:14).  The strong delusion comes upon those who worship God but not according to His ways (Isaiah 66:4; Psalm 81:11-12).

Unity is linked to the temple (Exodus 26:24; 36:29) and the worship done thereat which was a shadow picture pointing to Messiah (Hebrews 10:1; 8:5; 9:9; Colossians 2:17).  Christ told the woman at the well that this temple worship is going to fade away and believers will be called to worship the Father in Spirit and Truth (John 4:21-24).  Again the importance of truth in regards to unity is seen.

The word for joining together (as in the joining together of the tabernacle to make it one) is the same word used for magic charmer.

Exo 36:13  And he made fifty hooks of gold; and he joined the curtains by the hooks, one to another. And the tabernacle became one.
Deu 18:11  or a magic charmer, or one consulting mediums, or a spirit-knower, or one inquiring of the dead.


חבר ‘chaver’ comes from the root חב ‘chav’ which means the bosom and is linked to love and unity.  It is important that believers don’t turn away from truth for the sake of ‘love.’  Love does not negate truth for Love is the Word which is Truth.

True unity will come when Messiah returns and regathers us (Isaiah 52:8; Jeremiah 3:17-18; 31:8-13; 50:3-7; Micah 2:12)  where we will be resurrected into His Image (1 Corinthians 15:49; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Psalm 17:15; Romans 8:28-30; Galatians 3:26-29; Hebrews 13:21).  This is when believers will see ‘eye to eye’ (Isaiah 52:8).

Is it more important to be in ‘unity’ than to be correct?  The word for correct כון ‘kun’ in Hebrew means established.  It is pictured in the natural realm in the pillar of a house or root of a plant.

This is strongly linked to faith ( אמונה ’emunah’) & truth (אמת  ’emet’) and אב ‘av’ meaning father.  The word for priest, כהן ‘kohen,’ and community/congregation כנס ‘kanas’ comes from כן ‘kan’ meaning correct.  Ephesians 4:13 states that the unity of faith comes through the full knowledge of Messiah.  The Greek word for ‘full knowledge’ is ἐπιγνωσις ‘epignōsis’ which means precise and correct knowledge.

Being correct (כן ‘kun’) is important as Paul, in Ephesians 4, speaks of the mature believer not being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.  This too is spoken of in regards to John the Baptist, who came as Elijah to prepare the way for Messiah (Matthew 11:8).   Elijah and John the Baptist were not part of the majority (Romans 11:2-5; Matthew 3:1). It is spirit of Elijah that prepares the way for the Lord (Matthew 17:10-12; Malachi 4:4-6; Luke 1:17; 3:4).

2Ti 3:16  All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

2Ti 3:17  so that the man of God may be perfected, being fully furnished for every good work.

כון ‘kun’ is also translated as ‘prepare’ in numerous Scriptures (Exodus 19:11, 15; 34:2).  Preparation of the bride, maturation of the bride for the coming of the bridegroom (Luke 1:17; Revelation 19:7-8; Ephesians 5:25-27).  We are perfected through the Word by the work of the Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 18:32).

It is the carnal nature that divides and separates us in wickedness (1 Corinthians 3:4; Romans 8:8; Philippians 2:3; Galatians 5:20; James 3:14-16) unto unity in the beast (Romans 5:19; Ephesians 2:2-3; John 8:44; Romans 9:8).  It is the Truth that separates us in righteousness (Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 5:13) unto unity in Messiah.  This is the concept of holiness which comes from the Hebrew word קדש ‘qodesh’ which is a cognate of the word חד ‘chad’ which means unity as holiness means a separation from the world unto unity in the LORD.  קדש ‘qodesh’ is also the word for a cult prostitute or one who is separated unto unity in the beast.

The unity we must seek is only found in Him.

Psa 86:11  Teach me Your way, O Jehovah; I will walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.

His Name=His Word/Character (Revelation 19:13).

Eph 4:3  being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond (σύνδεσμος ‘sundesmos’-  ligaments holding the body together) of peace.

Peace in Hebrew means completeness.

This peace comes only from the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) who came to bring Light to mankind.

Isa 9:2  The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light. The ones who dwell in the land of the shadow of death, light has shone on them.

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