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Basic X – Unity

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“Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”[1]  Therefore, if the Kingdom of God is divided against itself, if Jerusalem is divided against itself, if the household of God is divided against itself, then it cannot and will not stand.  The reason the household of God will always stand is because the Lord our God is One.  Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Three of Them have irrevocably made Themselves One, and no one, not angels, nor demons, no man, can divide Them.

No report, no proposal, no prayer, no idea, nothing, can separate Them from One Another, not even death on a Roman cross.  That is why the household of God can never fall.  Their angels can divide and fight against each other as they did, but Their household did not fall.  Their nation Israel can divide, but Their household did not fall.  Their church can divide, but Their household did not fall. 

And if They have citizens who care for nothing else except this command:  “You must follow Me,”[2] then They have a kingdom that can never be divided.  And it does not matter who they are following per say, be it the Father, Son or Holy Spirit, for the Father said, “Listen to Him,”[3] His Son, and the Son said, “Listen to the Holy Spirit,”[4] and the Holy Spirit will only tell us what He hears and makes known to us what belongs to the Son and the Father, without speaking on His own.

Jesus said, “Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to Me.”[5]  And anyone who listens to Jesus is listening to the Father, for He said, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.  Listen to Him!”[6]  And anyone who is listening to the Father and Son, is listening to the same Persons that the Holy Spirit is listening to, for Jesus said, “He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.”[7] 

Therefore, unity within the Kingdom of God stems from the Godhead, and flows from the Godhead; it does not flow to the Godhead from the kingdom.  As such, the greatest single act of unity and essential ingredient for unity in the Kingdom of God is to listen to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  And because unity is defined within the Kingdom of God by listening – Father listening to Jesus, Jesus listening to the Father, and the Holy Spirit listening to both of Them – before a single action is put into motion, it ensures that the Kingdoms of Darkness and of Men can never achieve full unity and will inevitably fall, their kingdoms, cities and households.

Because unity is defined by listening rather than the strength of that unity, the reality of that unity is defined by what you have heard from the one you have listened to.  From the Godhead comes nothing but truth, for Jesus said, “I am the Truth,”[8] and since nothing Jesus says is a lie, then nothing the Father says is a lie and nothing the Holy Spirit says is a lie, therefore, whoever listens to Them has listened to a true reality.  And since Jesus only speaks the truth the Father has given Him, then what He said about Satan condemns his kingdom to ruin, because Jesus said this about the devil:  “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.  When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”[9]

Thus, anyone who listens to Satan listens to lies, and though there is a unity based on listening, the unity is not real because what was heard is not real.  So then, no matter how much demons obey Satan and march as one, as long as they are listening to Satan, their unity is not real, their strength is not real, and their kingdom can do nothing except be ruined by division.

If unity was defined by motive, love, loyalty, ambition or common purpose, then Satan’s kingdom has a chance to win.  But because unity is defined by the act of listening, which means the language you are listening to gives substance and reality to that unity, then anyone who listens to the language of the liar has no unity, only they who listen to the language of Truth have real unity.  Truth states what was, what is, and what is to come plainly for all to see so that it is proved true.  It does not propose or promise; it just is, was and will be.  It carries no fantasy, only hope.  Lies do not give account to what was, what is, and what is yet to come, but rather fantasises about what was, what is and what is to come.  That is the difference between the languages of Truth and Lies.  One is native to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and the other is native to Satan.

Because it is the act of listening and the language that gives unity its reality, God had to confuse the language of the people on the plains of Shinar, as it is written:  “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.  Come, let Us go down and confuse their language, so that they will not understand each other.”[10]

Have you noticed that God confused their language, rather than their minds or hearts?  Yet, when we are confused, it is our minds and hearts that are confused.  God did not confuse their hearts and minds because even if they were not of the one mind or heart, that is, one plan and one desire, yet still spoke the same language, it is still possible for them to achieve what they plan and desire.  You see, we are not told what their plan or desire was, but what they said to each other:  “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the Heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole Earth.”[11]

As long as they were speaking the same thing to each other, as long as they were talking about the same thing in a common language they understood, then they had a unity that is real and with such unity nothing is impossible for them.  Jesus said, “All things are possible with God,”[12] not only because They have miraculous power to do anything, but because They are One, speaking the same language called Truth to Each Other, thus nothing They plan to do is impossible for Them.

Thus, the Kingdom of Darkness of which its king is the father of all lies, cannot stand because its unity is a fantasy without substance, for it is a unity based on listening to lies, and lies have no reality in what was, what is, and what is yet to come.  For the first recorded lie came from Satan when he said, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?”[13]  For God did not say that, but He said, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from…”[14]  It is when a lie is disguised as a question that you can be misled in your answer, as Eve was, when she added, “and you must not touch it…”[15]

If he had said to Eve, “Did God really say, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden’?” then he would have quoted the truth first, and his subsequent words and actions could have borne a different fruit for himself, for Eve would not be able to say, “The serpent deceived me and I ate.”[16]  At best, she could have said, “The serpent incited me and I ate…”  You see, initiating someone is not lying to them, for one is challenging or even tempting, but there is no lie in it.

The language of the Kingdom of Man is different.  It is a mixture of truths and lies, but it is also a language that contains hope and faith.  You see, what the people of Babel said was, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the Heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves…”  Their language was based on the truth of what was and what is, and the hope of what will be.  Based on what they had done, they planned to do more.  Their future was based on this truth— “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.”[17]  Having succeeded in their brick making, then they planned to build the tower.  If men would speak their language, the language of Truth with hope and faith, then whatever they purpose to do will not be impossible for them, if only they understand each other.  But if men deny the truth, then no amount of hope and faith can help them to achieve what they are planning.

Thus, no man who denies the truth can enter the Kingdom of Heaven, because the one truth about men is this:  We are all sinners, all having descended from Adam, the first man to sin.  Thus, the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven is:  “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near,”[18] and all who repent have acknowledged the truth that they are sinners.  That is why no one who does not acknowledge that they are sinners can ever repent, and no one who does not repent can have the hope of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Thus, the call to repentance in both the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near,” and the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, “Repent and believe the Good News… the Kingdom of God is near,”[19] is a call to acknowledge the truth and to speak the truth.  Anyone who can say, “I am a sinner,” has begun to speak the truth that is common to all men since Adam.  It is from this foundation of truth that faith can take root and hope can spring forth.  That is also why Jesus said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”[20]  Only those who acknowledge that they are sinners have the truth that Jesus can fellowship with, for He is the Truth.  It is no wonder then that the Pharisees always found Jesus with sinners, not with those who considered themselves righteous.

Thus, for the Kingdoms of Men, those who refuse to acknowledge the truth are destined for ruin.  Those kingdoms of atheism that deny God are destined for ruin; that which they hope for personal oblivion through evolution in a godless existence will be thoroughly destroyed the moment they die and see God.  The kingdoms that seek righteousness without acknowledging the truth about sin will also come to nothing, for they have based their faith and hope on a lie—that all men are born good and righteous.

The Kingdoms of Men that acknowledge sin and have some ritualistic religion that tries to atone for sin, have the hope of Jesus, for the Kingdoms of Men that acknowledge they are sinners will have Jesus sent to them.  Though their kingdoms will still be ruined, they will be saved because they have acknowledged their sin.

Thus, once you understand that the basis of unity from the perspective of the Kingdom of God is dependant on the action of listening, and the substance that gives longevity and durability to that kingdom is Truth, then you can see why the Kingdom of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is the eternal kingdom that has no end.

Now, what does this mean for you and me, men and women who are sinners still, for the things we ought to do, we do not do, the things we ought not to do, we do, because the Law of Sin still wages war against the law of our mind?  It means this:  Our unity, our oneness, is not based on our love for one another, or our motives, hopes, doctrines or traditions, not even our faith, not until we have learned to listen to perfect unity itself coming from the mouth of God.  It is who we listen to that defines our unity and what They say that gives substance to the reality of that unity.

It is when we are all listening to Jesus that we have put in place the basic foundation that ensures our kingdom cannot be divided or ruined.  For it is only when we listen to Jesus that we have made ourselves one with the only indivisible and everlasting kingdom, for no matter how united any kingdom of man is, it will still be ruined and divided by death.  Whereas the Kingdom of God is the one kingdom where even death has not been able to separate the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Thus, the Kingdom of God’s unity does not depend on a group of believers or disciples coming together, listening to each other’s recommendations and judgements, and agreeing to a common creed, faith, hope, doctrine or declaration.  That is merely denominational unity, and no denomination has ever resisted division or ruin, or ever will.  No, the Kingdom of God’s unity depends first on God’s unity flowing to disciples who only have ears to listen to Jesus, and through Jesus, to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Disciples who are only listening to Jesus are disciples who are listening to the T/truth, and all that they believe in, hope for and practice is based on the truth—truth that gives reality to their future, no matter what their past was or their present is.  And if they are listening only to Jesus, then they are listening only to the Holy Spirit, and their whole being will be based on a continuous acknowledgement of their sin and repentance from the sin of not listening to Jesus or believing in Jesus.  For every action and reaction within the kingdom is judged on whether it is a result of believing and practising what Jesus said.

Though the Law of Sin may still rule over the members of their flesh and wage war against the law of their mind, there is no condemnation for them, for all who are in Christ Jesus are condemned only on one sin—blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.  In order to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, you have to be of the camp of the false prophet and the beast,[21] for they are the ones thrown alive into the Lake of Burning Sulphur.

Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit in the Kingdom of God is when you openly oppose the return of the Lord Jesus in the flesh, as the false prophet and the beast do,[22] knowing full well whom you are opposing.  The armies and kings that ride with them to fight against Jesus are not guilty of eternal condemnation, for they are deceived by the false prophet and the beast.  They are destroyed, yes, but not condemned forever.  The hope of Zechariah 3:9 is still available for them.

Since basic unity begins with each individual citizen first becoming united with the Godhead, then intercitizenary unity is based entirely on listening to those whom you know listen to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Then, from this foundation stone of unity can come the unity of love, peace, joy and righteousness, for you will love the ones who love listening to Jesus just as you love listening to Jesus, but you will find that you cannot love the ones who do not love listening to Jesus, but merely tolerate them in the hope that they will learn to love the One they listen to.

Although the servants were all given the one mina by the king, and they were all servants of the same king, you can see in the parable that the servants who earned 10 and 5 minas more, would not have been close to the one who was lazy with his mina, neither would they have taken kindly to his comments about their king:  “‘You are a hard man.  You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow,’”[23] when the king arrived back. 

However, whatever they felt about that lazy servant, it is obvious they did not take any action against him while the king was away, but each focussed on doing his best for the king first, as Paul advised us:  Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes.  He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts.  At that time each will receive his praise from God.[24]

Those who remain alive till He arrives, and I am speaking of those who are in the Kingdom of God, will have no fear of judgement when He arrives, for you meet with Him in the clouds to be with Him forever.  Those who die before He arrives will be judged already depending on whether they come back with Him or not.[25]  Our concern, having listened to Him, is to remain alive until He arrives, even as we prepare to meet with Him in the clouds above Jerusalem, having defended the Mount of Olives until He appears overhead with the rest of the kings of the Kingdom of God.  Amen

So, all who listen to Him only, have no fear, your kingdom can never be divided and can never be ruined, for God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are One.

[1] Matthew 12:25

[2] John 21:22

[3] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

[4] paraphrase of John 16:13-15; Revelation 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22

[5] John 6:45

[6] Matthew 17:5

[7] John 16:13

[8] John 14:6

[9] John 8:44

[10] Genesis 11:6-7

[11] Genesis 11:4

[12] Mark 10:27; Matthew 19:26; Luke 18:27

[13] Genesis 3:1

[14] Genesis 2:16-17

[15] Genesis 3:3

[16] Genesis 3:13

[17] Genesis 11:3

[18] Matthew 4:17; 3:2

[19] Mark 1:15

[20] Matthew 9:13

[21] Revelation 19:20

[22] Revelation 20:19

[23] Luke 19:21

[24] 1 Corinthians 4:5

[25] Revelation 20:4-6


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