The Unity of
The Body of Christ
1) Sectarian divisons were wrong nthe apostolic age and they are wrong today. Ephesians 4:1-16, Acts 4:32
a) Paul denounces division in no uncertain terms.
I Coninthians 1:1, Romans 16:17
b) Paul forsaw divisions entering the Church.
Acts 20:29-30

2) The members of the church of God form the body of Christ. I Corinthians 12:27
a)Christ is the head of His body. Ephesians 5:23
b) All members working in harmany with one another under the control of the head make up the beautiful bride of Christ. Ephesians 5:27
c) Jew, Gentile, every walk of life, fromevery kind of culture, intellectual, moral, traditional background come together and throughthe New Birth are one in Christ. Ephesiams 2:11-28, Galatians 3:28-29, John 10:16
d) The great controversy in the early Church could have resulted in a Jewish church and in a Gentile church if conscience matters had been allowed to be the focal point of fellowship. Acts 15, Romans 16:17

​3) Unsantified persons cannot enjoy perfect unity because carnality produces the opposite of unity...strife and division. I Corinthians 3:1-3
a) Santification is necessary to achieve Christian unity according to Jesus' prayer. John 17:17-23
b) True holiness and true unity are inseparable.
Acts 4:31-33
c) Division has always been a curse to God's Church.
I Corinthians 1:10
d) Unity is based upon our relatinship in Christ. Being born into the family of God by spiritual birth, we are one in Him. Ephesians 4:4-6

4) As the members of the natural body work harmoniously with one another in their particular places so do the members of the body of Christ. 
I Corinthians 12:27-31
a) The essence of the whole 12th chapter of I Cornthians is that all the gifts are working for the benefit of the whole body.

5) Unity is perfected by virture of the New Birth and the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit.
a) Unity cannot come about by church joining. Acts 5:12-13 There can be no spiritual fellowship between saved and unsaved. II Corinthians 6:14-17
b) True, scriptural, spiritual unity cannot be brought about by merging, federating, or any other mode of external organization. (Eccumenicalism)
c) The Bible must be the only rule of faith. All man made creeds and disciplines mst be rejected as the basis of unity. Philippians 3:16
d) Conscience can never serve as the basis of nity. Romans 14:1-6 (Doctrine, Word, and Spriit are the basis for unity).
E) True unity comes only as we are one in Christ. Then there is perfect fellowship regardless of race, age, sex, intellectual, social, or material position in life.
Galations 3:28, I John 1:3-7

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