Interbay Community Church
1Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
We are one! We may be many different people from different nations and traditions. We may be from different churches, but we are one. G-d has called us to unity.
Jesus when he was asked what was the greatest commandment told us that we were to love the LORD our G-D with all our hearts and all our strength and all our might, and the second was for us to love our neighbor as ourselves.
The whole trinity points to unity. Three as One. Father Son and Holy Spirit.
John 17: 20-23
I'm praying not only for them But also for those
who will believe in me Because of them and their witness about me. The goal is
for all of them to become one heart and mind— Just as you, Father, are in me and
I in you, So they might be one heart and mind with us. Then the world might
believe that you, in fact, sent me. The same glory you gave me, I gave them, So
they'll be as unified and together as we are— I in them and you in me.
Then they'll be mature in this oneness, And give the godless world evidence That you've sent me and loved them In the same way you've loved me.
(Romans 12:4-6 The Message)In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we're talking about is Christ's body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn't amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't.
(Ephesians 4: 4-6 The Message)
You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.
(Colossians 1:13-20) God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He's set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating.
We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God's original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.
He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he's there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.