Through the power of “agreement” in the body of Christ, God commands blessing upon the church. Psalm 133 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.”
In this psalm we learn that God commands “the” blessing when He beholds a people in unity. This psalm gives a prophetic view of the church clothed in the garments of the High Priest, with the anointing of power flowing from Christ. As the church walks in unity, blessing flows from the Head – which is Christ – to hem of the garment, which covers the body of Christ – us! Unity is the only thing in the bible that God says he will command blessing on!
If Satan can do anything to harm the church it will be through the division. Most of the time division happens in the church or a family because someone has an opinion on something that insignificant. Most problems grow from something small. (Notice I said most of the time and not all the time.) Problems in relationships and families for most part come from things that are not a deal-breaker. Usually, because of some small action, someone becomes angry. These small grudges can last for months and even years, growing in the individual until they no longer want to be associated with those they once cared so much for. As individuals in Christ we are to be in unity with Christ. But so often, many “small things” can separate us from a blessed life in God.
Agreement is the key to everything we need in business, our nation, in our homes, in our churches, and in our lives as individuals. Satan has deceived believers and non-believers into a self-centered vanity that brings destruction and waste. Satan has one plan and that is to bring division (divide and conqueror). It was in Eden that Satan brought death through deception, dealing division to Adam and Eve, and causing the human race to fall. At Babel, Satan sought to use the miraculous principle of unity to lead another rebellion against God. (My thinking is, if people who have not been redeemed by the blood of Christ can build an unstoppable tower then what can the redeemed of the Lord do!) Eventually, division came and the nations began to war against one another. Abraham divided his family by having a boy named Ishmael. Abraham and his wife relied on their own plan instead of God’s, and a division sprang up between Abraham’s sons – Ishmael and Isaac. According to tradition tells us that Ishmael was the father of the Arab nation. That division now spans more than three thousand years, the Middle East still raging, causing a constant unrest for Israel and all other nations in the region.
The reflection of a divided humanity will culminate with the end-time war of Armageddon. American troops have fought in the Middle East for over a decade. The captivities of both Israel and Judah took place after their division into separate kingdoms under Jeroboam and Rehoboam. Israel could mark its first decline from that branch in the family. When Jesus arrived upon the earth, the faith of Abraham had been divided into Pharisees and Sadducees. They had wrecked the faith, and now the nation lived in slavery under Herod and Rome!
Jesus came to die on the cross for a divided humanity, but His cross also made possible miracle working relationships. His cross reconciles all divisions. When we came to the cross we were divided from God, from our purpose, and from right relationships. The cross of Christ reconciled us back to Him. Jesus gave a hint about this power of agreement before He even died. In Matthew 18:19-20 he says, “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Just in this promise, if we agree, then anything is possible. Agreement brings the Holy Spirit in the midst. This is why it is in important for the church to have agreement. Not only in the church but in our relationships, families, marriages and our place of business.
Satan has convinced society that individualism, self assertion, and self interest are the way. In the communist world he has divided people into the educated elites and the so-called workers or masses. This is where humanity loses their soul. Everything is about an individual or one person. The truth is that the cross redeems the individual and then reconciles that person with all the redeemed. In this new level of “agreement,” miracles become possible. If God is in the midst of agreement then we should strive for unity and agreement among our lives, families, and church.
Jesus came to bring reconciliation. Even in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus declared that our offerings will not be a harvest until we “reconcile with our
brothers.” He says in Matthew 5:24, “Leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Right before Jesus died a bloody death upon the cross, it was unity that was upon his heart. The whole prayer he prayed was plural, including us all in John 17: “…that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
It is the heart of Christ for us to find unity in life through our relationships, families, and church.
— Scotty Dingess is pastor of West Logan Church of God and a member of the Logan Ministerial Association.