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The Power of Oneness Featured

The subject of oneness (unity) was paramount in the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ when he was preparing for the cross; it was in fact the most important thing to Him at that point as evident in the fact that it was His only prayer point for His disciples as He was about to leave them. He did not pray for power, provision, anointing, victory, etc. for them, his only prayer at that crucial point was for oneness (unity) as seen in John 17

 1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; (i.e. this prayer included you and I) 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: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (John 17:1,4,20-23)

The questions this begs is - why was oneness (unity) the most important thing to Jesus at the time of His preparation for death, to the point that it formed the basis of His priestly prayer for the disciples He was leaving behind?

Before we answer this question let’s look at the following dictionary definition of oneness (unity):

    Unity is the state of being in full agreement; the quality or state of not being multiple; a condition of harmony (accord); the quality or state of being made one (unification).

Searching through the scripture reveals answers to our earlier question and provides insight into the importance and power of oneness (unity) in any setting (in a family, between couples, among siblings, in a church, within a team, in a society, etc.); let’s examine some scriptures that highlight the value and blessings of oneness (unity).

In Psalm 133:1-3 we read:

    1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. (Psalm 133:1-3)

    Two blessings are revealed in this text regarding brethren (family, couples, siblings, church, team, society, etc.) dwelling (living, working, acting, etc.) together in unity; firstly the precious ointment running down from the head to the beards and ultimately to the skirts, which talks about a release of the anointing on the “brethren” permeating through the entire united group, and secondly a commandment of the blessing of life on the “brethren.” The term “brethren” here refers to any group of people with a common aspiration such as a family, a couple, a set of siblings, a church, a team, a society, etc.

    The Anointing: This is the divine empowerment, enablement, ability or grace to fulfill the requirements of an office or assignment.

    Speaking of our Lord Jesus Christ in Acts 10:38, the scripture says “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

    This scripture implies that even our Lord Jesus Christ though already appointed to do good (i.e. destroy all the works of the devil); He had to be anointed before He could successfully go about His appointment! This underscores the importance of anointing in the life of a group of “brethren” and such anointing only gets released when the “brethren” dwell together in unity.

    The Blessing of Life: In the Greek language, three different words—bios, psuche, and zoe are translated as “life” in English, in psalm 133, the word “life” refers to “zoe” which is the divine life uniquely possessed by God; the life that instantly and effortlessly dispels darkness (John 1:4). Psalm 133:3 says when God sees brethren dwelling together in unity He commands this blessing of Zoe onto such a group.

    The Value of Unity in the Family Setting:

    Referencing Genesis 2:24, our Lord Jesus Christ stated in Matthew 19:5-8:

    5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. (Matthew 19:5-8)

The design of God for marriages and family in general from the beginning is that of oneness of mind and purpose as displayed by Christ’s disciples in Acts 2:1-4:

    And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)

    God had already appointed that day for their visitation, but they had to be in one accord in addition to being in one place, that is, they had to have oneness of mind and purpose to actualize their blessing. It’s not enough to live together as couples, i.e. be in one place, every couple that wants to realize the blessing of God on their relationship to the fullest must work towards being in one accord in every area of their life; such level of unity invites the presence of God into your relationship and the blessings that goes with His presence will naturally become yours.

    Psalm 114:1-7 gives us an insight into the power of God’s presence; the scripture tells us that difficulties and hindrances disappear of their own accord as a result of the presence of God, and an non-negotiable requirement for his presence as we see above in Acts 2:1-4 is unity (one place + one accord)...

    When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language; 2 Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion. 3 The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back. 4 The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs. 5 What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back? 6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs? 7 Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob (Psalm 114:1-7)

    As I bring this writing to a close, I want to implore you to think about the value you place on oneness (unity) in your family, marriage, siblings’ relationship, church, etc. and remind us that in the place of unity there is unlimited power as we see in Genesis 11:6…

    1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. (Genesis 11:1-6)

    Nothing will be restrained from you when you truly come to a place of true oneness (unity) in all your relationships.

    Shalom.

    Lanre Olabinjo

    RCCG King’s Palace - Family Life Ministry