That Truth is a person. Jesus is the Truth. He said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6).
When we come to Him, He gives us life. We are born again! When the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” the answer was not, “Believe our doctrine and join our organization.” It was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:30,31).
We believe on the person of Jesus and are born into the kingdom of light. When we are joined to Jesus we are joined to one another. We are one in Him.
He who has Jesus has life. He who does not have Jesus does not have life. We are saved, not by embracing a doctrinal position, but by receiving Jesus Christ Himself.
RECEIVE ONE ANOTHER
In every church, whether it is a house church or some other kind of church, we must teach the people to accept every other believer. We are members of the same Body without regard to denominational affiliation.
God will lead us at times to cooperate together with others in projects for spreading His kingdom. However, the most powerful expression of unity is not coming together to show outward solidarity by promoting special projects. It is in accepting and affirming one another in what we are already doing with the Lord.
MANY LEADERS-ONE ARMY
We are all in warfare and there are many generals, lieutenants, captains and foot soldiers. However, there is one Head, our Commander in Chief, Jesus Christ Himself.
He said, “I will build my church,” and that is what He is doing (Matt 16:18). Let us make room for Him to do it. He has charge of every small unit of His mighty army.
We may be in different divisions, in different units, on a different front, but we are still one army. We are one people, fighting the same war against the kingdom of darkness.
Let us affirm and support one another in our various places of service. Let us not think that we are separated just because we’re not all in the same place doing the same things at the same time, under the same standard bearer.
MANY TRIBES — ONE NATION
There were twelve tribes in Israel, each with its own territory genealogy, leaders and banner. But they were still one people — Israel.
We may be made up of hundreds or thousands of denominations, organizations and churches. However, we are one people — the people of God — the Israel of God.
We do not have to be physically together doing the same things under the same flag in order to be one. We are already one. So let us boldly proclaim our unity. Let us go about our business of extending His kingdom while affirming, accepting and receiving one another. That is “keeping the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”