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That they all [all the saints] 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. (John 17:21)
There is a perfection of unity that can be achieved only as we die to self and the Life of Christ is created in us. The unity of the saints among themselves, and of the saints in Christ in the Father, is not only the unity of agreement and good will, it is a unity of substance, of nature, of what we are in essence.
When God in Christ fills every atom of our being, our spirit, soul, and body, then there exists among us the unity that exists among the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Such unity is not of our striving. It is not of the world. It is the unity of the Kingdom of Heaven. When our abiding in Christ is kept in its proper place of emphasis, then our moral behavior and the works of the power of Christ Himself in us will follow naturally, being kept in perspective and balance.
The Kingdom of God will affect the relationships among the nations. The coming of the Prince of Peace will put an end to war on the earth.
And he will judge among the nations, and will rebuke many people: and they will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4)
The means of communication. There will be extensive communication in the Kingdom of God. When we began this present study of the Kingdom of God we mentioned that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Logos, the Expression, the Word of God.
All the elements of the Kingdom we are discussing have been and are being created by and for the Logos, the Expression, the Manifestation of God. The Logos has had from eternity a spiritual Being, and has revealed His Nature and His intention for man by forming Paradise and the remainder of the material creation. Now the Logos has become flesh. Now the Revelation of God is both spiritual and material.
The entire Kingdom of God is a communication to all God's creatures of the true Character of God (compare Romans 1:20).
Christ—Head and Body—is itself the Covenant of God to the nations of the earth. Originally the Ten Commandments were the Covenant of God. Now the Ten Commandments are being personified in those in whom the Logos is being formed (Isaiah 42:6).
The confusion of language instituted at the Tower of Babel will be removed.
For then will I turn to the people a pure language [purified lips], that they may all call on the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent. (Zephaniah 3:9)
God will give the nations of the earth holy expression so they may be able to communicate with Him (and with one another) and serve Him. At the Tower of Babel, God deliberately created a multitude of languages, knowing that confusion, suspicion, and wars would be the result. God did this because He understands that human beings, in their present state, would not use the gift of a common language to call on the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one consent.
To be continued. A Description of the Kingdom of God 29