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Sept 1950 - Editorial

We publish this month some helpful thoughts on Fellowship and Unity in the One Conununit~, by a beloved overseas contributor. Reviewing briefly present-day tendencies towards confederation in the political and religious spheres of the world, he shows that all such are doomed to failure ultimately, because God is left out, and His word has no place in these movements.

It should be observed, however, that for a season confederation in both spheres will be attained, but confederation is different from unity. A confederation may bind together nimierous bodies whose doctrines and principles are widely diverse; but fellowship and unity as manifest in the One Community, the Community of the Son of God, are the fruits that grow from the doctrine of the Lord, the "one faith " (Ephesians 4.5), "which was once for all delivered unto the saints" (Jude 8).

The efforts of Nimrod the rebel, related in Genesis 10. and ii., were such as left God out entirely. Soon he had a kingdom, foremost in which was Babel (confusion). There men aimed at unity, "lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth" (ii. 4); but it was all for themselves. "Go to, let us build us a city, and a tower - . - and let us make us a nanle." They were not seeking something for God, and therefore the result was confounding, confusion and scattering. We should bear in mind that with us it will be either Bethel or Babel. The former is for God, a house for Him to dwell in: the latter is of and for man, and upon it God will blow.

Universal political authority will be given to the beast, that monster to whom the dragon (the devil) will give his power, and his throne, and great authority (Revelation 13.2). World-wide religious confederation is indicated in the woman of Revelation 17., "the mother of the harlots and of the abominations of the earth," wherein the confederacy between the political and the religious systems may also be traced. The fearful doom of the spurious religious amalgamation is predi~ed in verses 16 and 17, and the overthrow of the political powers of earth by the Son of Man, who is the Word of God, is related in chapter 19.19-21.

It behoves all who love the Lord to have due concern about unity that is of God. May we not be like Jonathan, about whoin another contributor writes this month, whose affection for David is Unquestioned, but whose failure to "go forth unto him without the camp" resulted in his death which robbed him of a place in David's kingdom, though he fondly dreamed of being next to David in that realm.

The person of the Holy Spirit and His work within and through

God's children are given prominence in the article on the Ephesians.

It is He who guides us into unity that is of God-" the unity of the

Spirit" (Ephesians 4.8), which is always in agreement with the word

of God.

"What man is he that feareth the LORD?

Him shall He instruct in the way that He shall choose" (Psalm 25.12).