“Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new
things do I declare:
before they spring forth I tell you of them. Sing unto the
Lord a new song,
and his praise from the end of the earth” Isaiah 42:9-10a.
There is, indeed, a new song in the earth today. Many have
experienced this new song in their personal lives, but today
we are hearing a corporate new song. It is the song of unity.
This is not the artificial unity of the ecumenical movement,
which too often compromised God’s truth in order to
not offend. This is not the “tolerance” of the
inclusive movements, where anything goes.
This is a sovereign movement by the Spirit of the Living
God, bringing forth His Body, with each part functioning as
it was created to function, and all its parts working in a
coordinated way, because all are obedient to The Head.
Ephesians 2 speaks of the partition between Jew and Gentile
being torn down and “One New Man” coming forth.
This New Man is neither Jew nor Gentile, but a whole New Creation.
Here again, we have experienced being a new creation as individuals,
but now we are coming into a New Creation, corporately!
We have seen this literally fulfilled in various places,
along with the pulling down of racial and ethnic barriers.
But the Lord did not stop there. He has carried this principle
over into other divisions, or denominations. People who would
not speak to each other five years ago are now worshipping
together as one. Reports from Yugoslavia indicate that the
only way the warring factions of that war-torn country can
come together is in the churches that the Lord is raising
Our Lord Himself prayed in John 17:21 “that they all
may be one; as Thou, Father, art in me, and I in Thee, that
they also may be one in us…” For years we have
read this, and we have preached that it should be so; many
have prayed it, believing, with no evidence other than this
Word. The unity that the first Christians knew (the former
things) has come to pass, and the unity that Paul promised
in Ephesians 4 (the new thing) is beginning to come forth.
We are hearing and seeing diverse groups coming together
in many cities, especially to pray together for their city.
Books are being written about the impact that this kind of
unity creates. Those in the Pinecrest Ministerial Fellowship
office can hardly speak to a member without hearing a good
report of regular meetings with other pastors, some including
repentance for past misunderstandings.
We have too often thought as the blind men defining an elephant
- one feeling the trunk, one the leg, one the tail, one the
body, each thinking our limited experience was the whole story.
Let us thank our Lord that He is leading us into appreciating
the whole “Body”, as by God’s grace we truly
walk in Ephesians 4:3,13.
“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the
bond of peace ... till we all come in the unity of the
faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God unto
a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of
the fullness of Christ.”