Video Excerpts: Oneness and the One Accord, Message 7
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BACKGROUND This page contains video excerpts from message six of the 2002 message series, “Oneness and the One Accord.”
The first five messages in this series were given during the Midwest-area Labor Day weekend conference in Cleveland, Ohio. In these messages brother Titus considered this matter of oneness according to who God is, in the Lord’s living on the earth, as seen in the Lord’s prayer in John 17, and in the example of the early church in the book of Acts. He then went on to consider how the apostle Paul dealt with the matter of oneness in Romans, Ephesians, and Philippians.
Messages six and seven were given to the saints in the metro-Cleveland area in the fall conference on October 26-27, and covered the matter of oneness as it is seen in the book of Colossians.
The complete series of messages are now available as the book, “Oneness and the One Accord.” Also, the complete audio messages are also available on this site. Both the book and the audio messages may be accessed via the “Also Available…” link below.
CONFERENCE TITLE Oneness and the One Accord THIS MESSAGE Message Number Seven:
“Living Out the Reality of the Body by Keeping the Oneness of the Spirit.”
VENUE Main hall of the church in Cleveland,
2002 Fall Conference,
October 27, 2002
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Sharing the Same Spirit
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The oneness of the Spirit is quite simple, because it its an organic fact. We all share the same Spirit, which is expressed through the one Body.
The Spirit and the Body
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In Ephesians 4:3 Paul exhorts the saints to “keep the oneness of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace.” For the Body to be organic we must have the Sprit. For the oneness of the Spirit to be real we must have the Body.
The Substantiation of the Oneness of the Spirit Is in the One Body
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How can we enjoy our regenerated Spirit and the oneness of the Sprit? In the Body of Christ, which substantiates the onenss of the Spirit. Whenever we are with the saints we must have the Spirit. When we are in the church, we must have the Body.
In Resurrection there Is Only Christ
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We were regenerated in the resurrection of Christ (1 Pet. 1:3). This becomes real to us when the Spirit begins to work on us. In this resurrection there are no elements of our natural man, but only Christ as the one new man (Col.3:9-11). Without the Spirit to make our regeneration real to us we cannot have the reality of the Body.
The Oneness of the Body Must Be Organic
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The phrase, “the oneness of the Body” is never mentioned in the Bible. Although the term is proper, we must be sure to use it only to refer to a oneness which is organic, in Sprit, in life, and with Christ as its person and operation.
Keeping the Oneness of the Spirit Practically by not Making Issues, but Enjoying the Spirit
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To have the oneness of the Sprit we must avoid making issues over unnecessary things, or feel that we can produce a oneness by doing certain things together. If we have the Spirit we do not have to force ourselves to be one, but will find that we are one spontaneously by our mutual enjoyment of the Spirit; it is an organic fact.
Even in the One Body, Every Church Must Be Local in its Administration
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If we misunderstand the oneness of the Body we will replace the God-ordained local administration of the churches to be replaced. Even though we are in the one Body, every local church should be a local church in action, interaction, fellowshipping with Christ, and taking Christ as the center, as the Head, and as the content of their local church life.
The Administration of the Local Church Cannot Be Replaced Yet No Local Church is Autonomous
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The local churches must fellowship with one another, must stand with one another, and must work with one another. No local church can be autonomous, yet all the churches should have a local administration answering to Christ. Yet it is easy for us to say that because we are for the oneness of the Body, the local administration should disappear.
Christ is the Life and the Vitality of the Body
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When the oneness of the Body is mentioned, it focuses only on Christ, because only when we focus on Christ, the oneness is there. Don’t make issues by focusing on the differences we have, but keep the oneness by focusing on Christ and the Spirit.
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