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We Christians already have a unity in the Spirit together, because we all have His Spirit in us.
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Ephesians 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We Christians believe the gospel of Christ is our own salvation, and we want to share it with others; so the spirit of man within each of us is joined with the Holy Spirit, in service to God in showing the gospel, good news, of Jesus to a lost and dying world.
1 Corinthians 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
The truth of God’s word that makes us Christians one in Jesus is what sanctifies and sets us Christians apart from the world, while it joins us to each other in the body of Christ, which is in the world but not of it.
John 17: 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
John 17:20 ¶ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 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 hast sent me.
And we Christians are all growing up together in the body of Christ as we speak to one another the truth of God’s word *in love*, coming together to the unity of the faith, through the process of mutual edification, growing up into Jesus, who is the head of His body.
Ephesians 4: 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Most Christians know these things about Christian unity already. In fact, most Christians already know and agree in most of the basic principles of Christianity as mentioned throughout this prophecy. That’s only to be expected, here, since the subject is *Christian unity* prophecy, and it makes sense that reference would be made here to some of the things in which we are already united. But not all of us Christians are actually uniting in God’s one Holy Spirit in the way we should.
Many scriptures say that brethren in Christ, who all certainly have the Spirit, and who all therefore certainly remain brethren in the Spirit, nevertheless sometimes behave in a way that the Spirit does not lead them to do. It makes no sense at all to say that we’re all united in the Holy Spirit, if some of us disobey that Holy Spirit. We can’t correctly unite in the Spirit, in disobedience to Him.
For example, just because all Christians have the same Spirit, (and we do), doesn’t mean we’re all perfectly led by Him in our hearts. Sometimes brethren in the Spirit have faults, and need to be restored.
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Some brethren in the Spirit are stronger than others, stronger in their inner man by the work of the Spirit in them.
Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
Some brethren in the Spirit, are little brothers, yet babes in Christ, who remain yet carnal, causing envying, strife, and divisions in the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:1 ¶ And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
And some brethren in the Spirit, grieve the Spirit of God, with all manner of misbehavior toward their sisters and brothers in Christ, totally unbecoming to God’s own, dear children.
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Ephesians 5:1 ¶ Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
So the purpose of this prophecy is to show that, in order for us Christians to obey what is God’s will for us in Christian unity, it is not enough anymore to simply say that we Christians, all, have His Spirit already, and each is trying to edify all the others about how to achieve the unity of the faith. We can’t really say that because the carnal babes among us, and the grievers of the Holy Spirit among us do in fact have the Spirit, without correctly uniting in it, because they have, instead, united with each other only in disobeying the new commandment of Jesus. These carnal ones among us show us that the important, operative phrase in Ephesians 4:15, shown above, wherein we Christians have most significantly fallen short, in the past, of growing up into the Head, is the phrase “in love”.
But we Christians have to remember that Father God wants even the carnal little babes. Of course He wants them to learn to behave with love for all their siblings, but He wants them, most certainly. He’s already paid for each one of them, dearly, and He will not be defrauded of the least part of His purchase. Every one of them is precious to Him, and if we love like He loves, they are precious to us, too. So we Christians can rejoice now in knowing that the Holy Spirit is at work in each of us, even though weakly in the carnal, little ones, but at work nonetheless, to eventually lead all of us into all truth about unity in the body of Christ. We rejoice now to know that the day will certainly come when we will all be perfected together in love, the virgin perfect bride, ready for His return, to be united in Jesus together with even the least among us, even the babes who have so much yet to learn, even if they now only begin to believe in Jesus.
Mark 9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
We know that it’s the Father’s will that even the very littlest one, and the one who has strayed the farthest away, will be restored to the fold of the one Shepherd of us all.
Matthew 18: 13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
We thank God now, knowing that the day will surely come when not one precious child of God will be lost, and that not even one carnal babe will persist in grieving the Spirit.
John 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
But certainly not all of us Christians are so carnal anymore. Some of us have matured in obedience to the Spirit, so that we are now uniting as Jesus commanded us to do, and as stated in this prophecy. By proving the prophecy declared here, God is showing the new direction that the body of Christ is taking, away from the schism and divisiveness of the past, and into the true spiritual unity, together in His Spirit. He’s proving that Christian unity is His purpose for the universe, and He is proving that it is a special kind of love that we Christians are already obediently uniting in, as commanded.
Also, in fulfilling this prophecy, God is showing what kind of power for good we are making use of now in Christian unity: namely, the power that we Christians have inherited as the children of God; the power given to us by our Father to have all good things in both this life and the next, including the power in the Holy Spirit now to receive any miracles that we pray for, united together in Jesus’ name. And getting this knowledge into the body of Christ in the fullness of His power, the knowledge of how to let His miracle-working power work through us as the body of Christ, is for two purposes: both in order to draw to Jesus all people that may be saved of this world; and also because, as these end times progress, we Christians are going to have more and more power in the Holy Spirit working through us, and we’re going to learn together to put it to good use.
But this prophecy is most purposefully dedicated, and most especially intended, for the benefit of all those that are oppressed in this life right now. Evil is oppressing and abusing people all over this world, both Christians and non-Christians: in poverty, sickness, depression, untimely physical death, and the spiritual death and emptiness of all forms of self-destruction and self-deception that come from seeking to live our lives primarily for the temporal things of this world and according to man’s logic.
These things should not be so prevalent as they are, and especially not among Christians. The reason that some of these forms of oppression exist, even in the lives of some of us Christians, is simply because some of us don’t understand how to walk in faith in Christ. Too many of us, instead, live double-minded lives, torn between serving the desires of this world, as opposed to seeking above all, the kingdom and righteousness of God in our lives. In most every Christian denomination, group or congregation of any appreciable size, some are strong in the faith of Christ, some are weak, and some are good at covering up. Some of us mouth the words properly, paying all appropriate lip service, but never quite manage to believe all the way down to our own repentance and obedience in all things, including the secret sins and the hidden desires of the heart. Much can be hidden.
If there is no obvious, outward sin in the life of a Christian, sin that is visible to others, then only that individual Christian, and God, can know for certain if something other than the love of God is, in fact, the first, most important thing in a person’s life.
1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
And when the love of God is not primary, something ungodly is often allowed to take its place. Whether it is really the desire for money and material things; or the desire for power and honor among worldly men; or the desire for pornography, or for drugs, or for sex outside of marriage; or the carnal desires that cause envying, strife, and division in the church; any or all of these things, and much more, are sometimes allowed, in the hearts of some Christians, to take priority over seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We Christians are expected by God to be, at the same time, though in this world physically, yet spiritually sanctified and set apart from it while here. But far too many of us have become also partly of it. If we live according to God’s word, then that sanctification, by our faith in Christ, sets us apart and makes our hearts different from those of the world, so that we think and behave differently. And the faith that makes us different from the world comes from hearing the word, studying the word every day, and applying the word to our lives continually, as it works in us causing us to believe to repentance the truth of God’s word, producing righteousness in our behavior, instead of the sins we used to do.
1 Corinthians 6: 9 ¶ Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
John 17:11 ¶ And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
John 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 ¶ Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 ¶ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 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 hast sent me.
Some of us Christians don’t quite manage to let God’s Spirit in us sanctify us, and set us apart from the world, as we should be. Instead, we believe in Jesus on an intellectual level, and believe enough to hold up our end in a conversation, yet we don’t quite believe His power reaches all the way into our lives. For some of us, deep down in our hearts, the things of God take a low position of priority under worldly things. But since no one knows a person’s heart but that person and God, some of us keep and hide the familiar sin we know that dwells within us, and satisfy ourselves with trying to make a good show of outward appearance, taking solace in what little, momentary, deceptive distraction the world offers to us, in fraudulent exchange for God’s kingdom and righteousness now and forever. Such Christians suffer terribly in this kind of unbelief, with half-hearted faith, keeping lukewarm to the idea of living for God in truth and in spirit, never fully believing, and thus never knowing, how much our loving Father God already gives to all of us as our inheritance as children of God, living lives separated from the world, in faith of Jesus.
Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise
James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
James 1: 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
These Christians of doubtful belief and wavering faith in God’s love for them are the ones on whom Satan loves most to beat up. Such Christians have been suffering terribly, under relentless oppression in their lives by the forces of evil, either because of the sin that still besets them, or because they just never realized the blessings available to them by walking in faith of Christ. The Devil works hard to try to separate God’s children from the love of our dear Father. For these oppressed Christians, this prophecy of Christian unity is a great encouragement to them; to get their lives cleaned up as necessary, to get their priorities of living in proper order, and to know just what is their birthright, now and forever as children of God. And for other Christians who do now, already enjoy the bountiful blessings of living by faith in Christ, this revelation of Christian unity will come as welcome news about how to walk in even more power in the Spirit, as will be especially useful in the continued and future growth of the body of Christ.
But for all Christians, regardless of where we are in the process of working out our own salvation, Christian unity is shown in this prophecy to be a call to strengthen belief and faith, a call to repentance, to righteousness, and to great revival and renewal of our life in Christ, in the whole body of Christ.
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Isaiah 43: 5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
Isaiah 45:8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.
Christian unity is a call to obey the new commandment of Jesus to love one another, which is His command that we help build the wall of the New Jerusalem, that we prepare ourselves as the bride, and help build the wall of the temple of God, which God is building of us to be together, in which He lives in His strength.
Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
Zechariah 8:8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.
2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Hebrews 12: 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Ephesians 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
And all these potential benefits of Christian unity apply to all Christians, equally, of every Christian denomination or group.
Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Regarding the effect Christian unity will have on the non-Christians, evil will be stopped from oppressing quite a number of those due to conversion, because there are many of them who would believe in Jesus if they could just see some sign of God’s power in Christianity. These will be saved because God will show to them that we Christians, who love all of God’s children, of all Christian denominations and groups, are the disciples of the One sent to us as God’s love, in all power. We Christians, who understand the vital importance of this aspect of Christian unity, are making self-sacrificial efforts to do our part now in accordance with God’s will for us to unite now in Him.
In the past, progress in Christian unity seemed to be slow, but that’s just because we were nearly a couple thousand years late getting busy about it again; that is, at least compared to the time that they were all in unity, of one mind, together at the first Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection. It does no good, now, to say exactly when that unity was lost, or who was specifically at fault. We don’t need to waste any more time on divisive arguments about church history, trying to place blame on particular denominations or groups of Christians.
Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Phillipians 3: 3 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
It is enough to simply say that at some point after that first Pentecost following Jesus’ resurrection, we Christians became greatly divided, and any significant movement toward unity was a long time coming. But we Christians now approach our commanded assignment with vigor, in Christian unity, raised up united together by God’s mercy in God’s love for all His children, to sit united together in heavenly places with Jesus, to collectively show to the oppressed of the world, and to ourselves, a good reason in us, as a group, to believe the overcoming power available in Jesus.
Ephesians 2: 4 ¶ But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Because we unite together in our love for God, we are necessarily united in our love all our brethren, whosoever believeth, of all Christian denominations and groups, all of whom, like ourselves, are born by God into the shared belief in Jesus, and born into the love of all other believers in Jesus, in whom it not just possible to overcome oppression and evil, but guaranteed to overcome all of it.
1 John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
1 John 5:1 ¶ Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is the principal point of this prophecy: that all this victory over evil, and much more, is given to us now in Christian unity, with all Christians enjoying the fullness of all the good things that God has to give to us who live in the faith of Christ, as inheritors of all the promises to Abraham, and together as the obedient children of God, now and forever. And it’s not because we’ve earned any special rewards by uniting in Jesus. By obeying the new commandment of Jesus, we are still only unprofitable servants, who’ve only done according to the minimum we have been commanded to do. But we also make ourselves to behave, as the obedient, loving children of God should; children who know how to thankfully accept all the gifts and blessings of love that are showered on us from our all-loving, all-powerful Father.
Our active, selfless participation in Christian unity is just part of living with faith in Christ, but in times past, an often-neglected part. Since it is something we’ve been ordered to do by Jesus, Himself, it’s really no more than our minimum duty to perform, as it would be for any unprofitable servant who does only what he’s told. But, in the past, we avoided it for as long as we could, not even finding a way to agree together in what it means, never even agreeing together as to just what it is in which we are uniting.
We Christians now know together, and grow together in, a new understanding of Christian unity, which is central to this prophecy. Christian unity now means living full of faith in Christ, to the point of uniting in a specific kind of love, in Jesus. Christian unity in this kind of love brings great glory to God, because Jesus already gave to us the same glory the Father gave to Him. And that glory is a significant part of the focus of this prophecy, the glory given by the Father to Jesus, and by Jesus to all us Christians, regardless of the Christian denomination, group, or congregation to which we belong, that we may be one together, forever, in all-forgiving, self-sacrificial love, for all who believe in Jesus to repentance.
John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
You will notice that this prophecy uses the word, “Christian”, throughout. So the prophetic meaning, here, pretty obviously hinges on how “Christian” is defined. For purposes of this prophecy, the word, “Christian”, is synonymous with the references to, “believer”, or “child of God”, and is defined, here, as one who believes, to repentance, the Bible’s account that Jesus is God’s eternal, self-sacrificial love for all His children. No unity is herein proposed outside of the meaning of the Bible, and no unity is proposed with those who refuse repentance of unrighteous living that is made apparent or public to others.
We never judge the unseen guilt of hearts, and we have no desire to judge punishment even of public misdeeds. But we do not turn a blind eye to sin, either, and will not deny that it exists when it is made obvious. On the other hand, we never hesitate to associate ourselves, in upright behavior, with sinners, because that is what our Lord did. Sinners are the ones that need the Physician, and we know how to get them in to see Him.
Christian unity is not about banding together to harm non-Christian religions, either. There are men and women of good moral character in several non-Christian, world religions. We bear no ill will for unbelievers of any kind, only love. We love all our neighbors *as* ourselves, whether pagan, enemy, or sinner. We associate, in upright behavior, with unbelievers of all kinds, and take every opportunity to show them the love of God through us to them.
Romans 12: 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Matthew 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
But this last scripture has meaning also within the body of Christ, one to another, as well as to those outside the church. Too many of us Christians, for too long, had the self-righteous, pharisaical attitude that causes us to salute with bids of welcome, and to receive joyfully only our brethren in our own Christian denominations and groups, to the exclusion of all others. But now in Christian unity, we love all men as ourselves; and even more that that, we show the world that we love all of our sisters and brothers, in all Christian denominations and groups, *more than* ourselves; not just *as* ourselves, but enough to lay down our lives for every one of them, the way Jesus did for every one of us.
Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
It is our job to love sinners and unbelievers to Christ. We are happy to help lead them to believe in Jesus to repentance of their sins, and to show them that Jesus is truly God’s son, so they can become our brethren in Christ, and inherit with us all that God has for His children. But we never use Christian unity as an excuse to change what the Bible says is sin, or to unite in Christ with any who do not believe in Jesus.
Christian unity, as referred to in this prophecy, is unity for all Christians who believe in Jesus to repentance: the children of God, who both do righteousness, and who also love all the children of God, of every Christian denomination and group.
1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
While some specifics are prophesied here as present and soon-coming signs, this is also a far-reaching prophecy both of great blessings in Christian unity, as well as a warning of great trials to come. Tough times are directly ahead and at hand. Inside Christian unity is all protection from those difficult times ahead. While outside of Christian unity, Christians who oppose Christian unity will face difficult situations in the world without the power of the Holy Spirit, so that they will learn how much they need us, all the rest of us members of the body of Christ. For some, this is a life and death matter, in more ways than one.
1 Corinthians 12:21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
Daniel 11:33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
This prophecy is also a prophecy of the scripture, and is therefore, by definition, intended by God, in His word, to be eventually seen and understood by all Christians. I’ve never heard from God, except in accordance with the words of the Bible, and as the Holy Spirit gives me understanding of the Bible. I don’t pretend to have heard from God anything that isn’t freely available to all Christians, by reading for themselves in the Bible.
And if you do read the scriptures quoted here, but the Holy Spirit does not confirm to you in your heart the same meaning in the scripture as I state here, then do not believe me; believe the Bible instead. Even if you think you see signs, remember that lying wonders are coming, someday, and if it conflicts with the word, always believe the word, the Bible, instead of your eyes. Signs will follow those who believe, but signs must be the kind that can be seen as works consistent with Father’s will.
John 10: 37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
God makes His will known in ways that are always, always consistent with His word; so scripture is a more sure word of prophecy than any apparent glory that God may reveal to our eyes and ears here on earth.
2 Peter 1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 ¶ We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Although I make no claim to have heard the audible voice of God, I do claim to know from God’s word that we Christians, as a group, had at one time all failed, for the larger part of the past two thousand years, to understand and obey the new commandment of Jesus. Each of us Christians failed to love one another as ordered, with our own life laid down for all the Christians He died for, of every Christian denomination and group. Having failed for so long to believe and obey Jesus in His new commandment, we had also failed to see, for all that time, the truth of all the prophecies associated with Christian unity.
That failure to understand prophecy is because Christian unity is God’s true purpose for all of the future, both the future of the universe and the future beyond time. But we had shown lack of regard for that truth, and had instead, carnally disobeyed, for all that time, the purpose of His Spirit to accomplish Christian unity in us. That’s why the Holy Spirit had not been allowed to work in fullness through us, or in us, to show to us all truth until this recent time, as we now unite in Jesus as the Father’s love for all His children, of every Christian denomination and group.
The Holy Spirit gladly shows to us the way into all truth now, the same as He did beginning the first Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
But for Him to now show us all truth concerning the unity of the sons of God, we first had to learn to cooperate, as we now do, with His will for unity in us; we had to be willingly led by Him out of all our carnal ways, including those that cause divisions in the body of Christ.
James 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Unity in Christ is God’s ultimate, spiritual purpose for us, both now, approaching the fullness of times in this world, as well as eternally with Him, and with the angels, and with all things in heaven. It is also God’s purpose for putting the holy Spirit of promise in all of us Christians while still in this world, as the earnest of all that we shall inherit together as children of God, as He gathers us all together in one in Christ.
Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
And the unity in Christ to which we Christians are all called together, which is God’s ultimate spiritual purpose for us, is unity in God’s kind of love. We Christians begin to understand the absolute, unbounded, all-forgiving, eternal, self-sacrificial love by the Father for all His children, which He gave to us in Jesus, only when we begin to have that same, self-sacrificial love in ourselves for each other, for all His children, as Jesus commanded us. We know that Jesus obeyed the Father’s command to love all of us eternally, with a love to the point of laying down His own life, which life Jesus received back in all power. And, of course, we also know otherwise, that disobedient children receive loving correction at the Father’s hand.
Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
But we don’t want to be corrected for disobedience to the new commandment of Jesus. We want all the gifts of all the good things, of both this life and the next, which we know our all-loving Father must have for us as obedient children, including the fullness of the Holy Spirit. We know we didn’t earn any of these things. Our merit doesn’t give us hope and expectation. Rather, we know we get them because He dotes on us. Understanding how great is that doting love of His for us, knowing how immensely powerful the unbounded love of our Father in heaven is for all His children, is the key to getting the free gift of the fullness of the Holy Spirit, thankfully received into every child of God, every one of us.
Psalms 62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother
Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Unity in Christ means getting the fullness of the Holy Spirit given to us united together in the knowledge of His unlimited love for all His children who believe in Jesus, which love we have for each other: God’s self-sacrificial love, for all our sisters and brothers in Christ, regardless of denomination or group. Only together in Him, with all our brethren in Christ, together in His love for all His brethren in Him, do we begin to understand and walk, by the power of the Spirit of Christ in us, in what is God’s purpose for the universe now and in the future, both here in this world, and for eternity.
Easton’s Revised Bible Dictionary defines the word, “testimony”, as “ Witness or evidence...The Scriptures, as the revelation of God’s will.” Strong’s Concordance defines it as, “the office committed to the prophets of testifying concerning future events.”
Unity in Jesus as the Son who is God’s eternal, self-sacrificial love for all His children, is the testimony of all the prophets, in all the scriptures, as God’s will for the ultimate, eternal state of all of God’s children.
Luke 1: 68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
Luke 24: 25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
1 Peter 1: 10 ¶ Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into
Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Christian unity is also the testimony to all men by all of God’s children, together as the body of Christ, of God’s eternal, self-sacrificial love for all His children in Jesus, as testified by His same, eternal, self-sacrificial love in us for each other, for whosoever believeth, of every Christian denomination, group, and congregation.
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
To understand that testimony, by having it in us and testifying it to all men, is the key to understanding all prophecy, simply because it is the certain result of all future.
Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.