The search for unity of all believers on the Lord Jesus continues to grow, aimed at bringing about an ecumenical unity on the basis of membership of the Body of Christ. There are also amalgamations whose theology is so liberal that they include many non-Christian groups. This month we examine the foundation of unity as a topic of the Disciple Life. A search of the New Testament writings will reveal to the true Beroean (Acts 17:11) a unity of the Spirit based upon obedience to the Word of God within the churches of God. Any unity outside this pattern would surely fall short of the divine requirement:
Our Meditations in the Psalms shows man's nature is affected by weakness and liability to error because of the Fall. Man's frailty is allowed for by God but his sin is given not the tiniest fraction of allowance. "He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust" (Ps. 103:14) and again, "I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me" (Ps. 40:17). Knowing His care for us we can confidently and frequently say, "If the Lord will, we shall both live, and do this or that" (James 4:15).
Another aspect of God's will in the earth, pinpointed by Focus, is becoming evident as the time for the Lord's return draws near. We have previously drawn attention to "aliyah", the return of the exiles to the land of Israel. The changes in eastern Europe and the Balkans and the possible realignment of those nations with the EEC all cause us to catch our breath when we consider how many of them were embraced within the great fourth Gentile kingdom of Daniel's prophecy (2:40). Once more we repeat the Lord's words, "When these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads; because your redemption draweth nigh" (Luke 21:28).