by T. Austin-Sparks
Beloved of the Lord,
As this significant year advances it is being more and more borne in upon us that the "key-word" for the Lord's people in these days of His near appearing is surely "Unity."
Does not the Spirit insistently urge this in your zealous hearts?
And we can only become "One" by the One Spirit. The Unity is the Oneness of the Spirit, the Oneness of the Divine Life - the "Life hid with Christ in God." To live in any other realm than in that Life above the heavens means exposure to all the schismatic wiles of the devil. And the way into that Holiest of all, the immediate Presence of God, where we are and can be all in One, is only through the broken Veil of the Lord Jesus' flesh, and in the power of His precious blood.
So tremendously significant for the whole purpose of God is this need that the Oneness of the Body of Christ should be realised and appropriated by all believers, that no words of ours can adequately express the urge of the Holy Spirit we feel concerning it, but we pass on His words, spoken in the holy fellowship of the same Spirit as He deliberately embraced the Cross for our sakes: yet not for our sakes as individuals merely, but for the corporate church which He is ever seeking to perfect and complete:- "Neither, make I request for these alone, but for them also which shall believe INTO Me through their word; that they ALL may be ONE" - and then are added words too marvellous to credit but that His blood has sealed them, words that describe this Oneness as that which made Him and the Father to be One, the Oneness of the Eternal Life shared in One Spirit - "ONE, according as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be ONE in us."
Oh, we beseech you, beloved, strive earnestly in the Spirit towards this end of God.
Yours, because His,
T, MADOC JEFFREYS.