Unity In The Bible

Unity in the Bible can be described as the message of reconciliation. God sent His Son to reconcile those who believe in Him to Himself. In short God died for our sins so that we may be forgiven by believing and receiving His son Jesus Christ into our hearts. This allows us to enter into a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and live on a new spiritual level called the “Kingdom of God”. The Scriptures teach that without Unity, there is no true Spiritual life.

Unity in the Bible is the principle that God is the ultimate source of all revelation in the Scriptures. This concept of unity begins with God’s unity and extends outward to his purpose and plan for mankind, Jesus Christ, and the Church. The Bible was written by men who were directed by God’s Spirit. The intimate relationship between God and those men resulted in harmony between their interpretations of specific verses and the overarching Biblical themes such as love, grace, mercy, justice, holiness, faithfulness, joy, repentance, peace and reconciliation.

Unity in the Bible exists because the Bible is written by the same author. The God who created all things (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17) and upholds all things by His power, was the author and finisher of the Bible (Hebrews 12:2; Revelation 22:13). That God would cause it to be one, even though it was compiled from 66 books through 40 human authors, spanning 1,600 years of time, is remarkable in and of itself.

The concept of unity in the Bible is a favorite subject among theologians, but the idea of unity, like love, is difficult to define. In fact, since the word for unity in Greek has more than one meaning, this causes some confusion. But we can get past this difficulty by taking a look at how various Pentateuch and other Bible authors use it.

Unity In The Bible

There’s no escaping our many differences. They’re broadcast to us daily in these trying times; even if we’re not watching arguments break out on cable news or social media, we’re voicing our disagreements with people from all walks of life. Sometimes, it feels like nobody has our back.

It’s tough to admit, but we tend to blow disagreements out of proportion. In reality, we hold much in common with our brothers and sisters in Christ. For example, we are all sinners. Sin is part of human nature, and no matter our efforts, we cannot entirely escape it.

Thankfully, we are also all united in the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Some of us may hold different beliefs in how, exactly, Christ’s atoning on the cross affects us today. Still, the fact that we’ve been saved should be cause enough for us to rejoice together.

This is far from the first time we’ve faced disharmony in the Church. Glance through your Bible and you’ll observe that this issue dates back thousands of years. In 1 Corinthians, Paul reminded Christians that all believers belong to Christ and that we all share a desire for salvation. We can certainly use this reminder today.

Unity In The Bible

1 Corinthians 1:10 ESV / 1,123 helpful votes 

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.

1 Peter 3:8 ESV / 1,071 helpful votes 

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

Philippians 2:2 ESV / 933 helpful votes 

Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Colossians 3:14 ESV / 731 helpful votes 

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Psalm 133:1 ESV / 650 helpful votes 

A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

2 Corinthians 13:11 ESV / 595 helpful votes 

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Ephesians 4:3 ESV / 548 helpful votes 

Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:1-6 ESV / 497 helpful votes 

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, …

Romans 12:4-5 ESV / 478 helpful votes 

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Romans 15:6 ESV / 401 helpful votes 

That together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 12:16 ESV / 384 helpful votes 

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.

Philippians 1:27 ESV / 363 helpful votes 

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

Romans 15:5 ESV / 321 helpful votes 

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,

Acts 4:32 ESV / 318 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.

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