Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 11, 2016

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 133.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Coming down upon the beard,
Even Aaron’s beard,
Coming down upon the edge of his robes.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon
Coming down upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—life forever.”  Psalm chapter 133.

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Some doctrine teaches that this unity comes from the church being all things to all people.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that this unity comes from God.

God chose the elect and gave the elect to Christ.  Christ died for the elect, gave the elect eternal life, and perfected the elect in unity.

“Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come;  glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.”  John 17:1-2.

“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.”  John 17:22-23.

If there are those who are not part of this unity, they are not part of the elect.

“And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”

As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.”  John 6:65-66.

We can love others, because God chose us and loved us.

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;  bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone;  just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.  Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.”  Colossians 3:12-14.

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