True spiritual unity within the church is a thing of beauty and David in Psalm 133 gives us some good similes regarding unity and how we can tell if we have it–
1Behold, 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.
- It’s like the ointment that was used to soak Aaron when he was ordained to be high priest in Leviticus 8:12. True unity is marked by God’s anointing on the people who are united. They are soaked throughout their being with God’s sanctification brought by the Holy Spirit. That’s one reason why it’s good and pleasant.
- Unity is like the dew at Hermon, which was on the border of Lebanon and ancient Israel. The dew kept Hermon refreshed in the midst of the desert around it. The unity in the church that is truly of God keeps the church spiritually refreshed in the midst of the spiritual desert of the world.
- It is also like the dew of Zion where the Lord commanded his blessing as the place where he would be worshiped forever by those who receive his eternal life. This speaks of how people caught up in true spiritual unity embrace and apply God’s holy word to participate in his holy blessings.
The origin of unity
All of these examples of unity came into existence due to one thing–God commanding them, whether it was the ointment used on Aaron or the dew at Hermon and Zion. Therefore, true spiritual unity is God-centered and God-originated, just like the people who experience the goodness and pleasantness of that unity. The false unity being bandied about in religious circles today is no substitute or match for it.
Harry A. Gaylord