UNITY FACTOR:           “WORTH CONSIDERING               11/7/22

Nimrod, (meaning a might hunter) was a king of Shinar,   today if we call someone a Nimrod we infer they are an idiot or a jerk, a foolish or inept person, a droofus.  In Genesis 10:8-12 he is described as to be the first on earth to be a mighty hunter before the Lord..  He is also thought to have built the cities of Nineveh Calah, Rehoboth-Ir and Resen.  There is some resemblance between Nimrod and the Mesopotamian epic hero Gilgamesh.   I add this in as an introduction as to the importance of the truth found in Gen. 11:5-8, which I share so you will deeply consider:  

“Now the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one [unified] people, and they all have the same language. This is only the beginning of what they will do [in rebellion against Me], and now no evil thing they imagine they can do will be impossible for them.   Come, let Us (Father, Word &, Holy Spirit) go down and there confuse and mix up their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”   So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the surface of the entire earth; and they stopped building the city.    

Notice the line that is bold and underlined.  What made this evil possible and what was God’s solution.  It is obvious that Unity and Power go together for Evil or for Good….”United we stand, divided we fall.”  So if power was built into Adam to have authority over the world as in Gen.1:28, then when the parts of Adam come together in unity there is the synergy of power.  As you consider the Book of Acts, please note the Unity factor as mentioned many times as there is the supernatural intervention of the Holy Spirit in Power.  Acts 1:14 “One Mind”,   Acts 2:1, “in one place”,   Acts 2:32″ we are all witnesses”, 2:42,”devoting themselves to the instruction of the apostles…”2:43, “A sense of awe was felt by [j] everyone, and many wonders and signs (attesting miracles) were taking place through the apostles.” 4:32 “Now the company of believers was of one heart and soul,” 5:12, “ And by common consent they all met together [at the temple] in [the covered porch called] Solomon’s portico.“   5:42, “And every single day, in the temple [area] and in homes, they did not stop teaching and telling the good news of Jesus as the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed).”  6:5, “The suggestion pleased the whole congregation;” 13:3, “Then after fasting and praying, they laid their hands on them [in approval and dedication] and sent them away [on their first journey].  13:52, “And the disciples were continually filled [throughout their hearts and souls] with joy and with the Holy Spirit.“   15:22, “ Then the apostles and the elders, together with the whole church, decided to select some of their men to go to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas….“The apostles and the brothers who are the elders, As most of the rest of Acts is the record of Paul as a missionary we now go back to the words of and about Jesus.  Matt.13:58, “And He did not do many miracles there [in Nazareth] because of their unbelief.” Mark 6:4-6, “ 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor (respect) except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5 And He could not do a miracle there at all [because of their unbelief] except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 He wondered at their unbelief. “ ”John 1:26, “  Nathanael answered him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip replied, “Come and see.”                   

In the Early Church confession, we find these compacted thoughts:   “In Essentials,  UNITY…  In all else LOVE….”   So how to get rid of the vain (prideful) traditions that make the Word of God,  ineffective.    David gives us the answer in Ps. 119:10-16.   Only by deeply knowing the Word of God in “CONTEXT” can we filter out the poisons of this world.   And where there is any difference, to have the love to seek God’s Truth and not try to protect our own.  And both submit to God’s Truth what ever that is.   It is only in HIS TRUTH that we find freedom.

Godly Unity in Truth is needed for the release of the Power of the Holy Spirit as God is not the author of confusion.  He can not confirm what is not HIS.  The lack of power,  1Tim3:5,  in the church today is due to lack of  unity and use of vain (prideful) traditions.   Jesus prayed in John 17: 20-26 as follows, for our perfect unity.  God’s power can only flow through God’s unity in truth..  “I do not pray for these alone [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for [all] those who [will ever] believe and trust in Me through their message,  that they all may be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe [without any doubt] that You sent Me.  I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one, just as We are one;  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected and completed into one, so that the world may know [without any doubt] that You sent Me, and [that You] have loved them, just as You have loved Me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given to Me [as Your gift to Me], may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, because You loved Me before the foundation of the world.  “O just and righteous Father, although the world has not known You and has never acknowledged You [and the revelation of Your mercy], yet I have always known You; and these [believers] know [without any doubt] that You sent Me; 26 and I have made Your name known to them, and will continue to make it known, so that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them [overwhelming their heart], and I [may be] in them.”

I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!’ and [a] does not doubt in his heart [in God’s unlimited power], but believes that what he says is going to take place, it will be done for him [in accordance with God’s will]. For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.
Matt. 11:23-24

So we need to line up in heart faith in loving unity concerning Building of the Body of Jesus, 1 Cor.12.   That we become fitly joined and compacted together as provided by every part till the world can see Jesus, Eph. 4:11-16.   And prior to the Church being called home,  this prayer will be totally and completely  answered.  So divisions by denomination or doctrine or attitudes or to agree to disagree have no place in the Kingdom of God.   Division only means we are too prideful and self centered to work together on finding God’s Truth in love and coming into the Unity of the Faith and the Bond of Peace  in His truth.   

Yours,  in HIS great Love and wonderful Grace and Mercy,  Ken<><    www.OhanaChurch.Life

There is but ONE Church of Christ Jesus a LORD (Master),
All who truly Love, Honor and Obey HIM are Eternal Members.

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