DEFINITION IT IS THE FACT OR STATE OF BEING UNIFIED OR WHOLE. THOUGH COMPROMISE OF TWO OR MORE PARTS. IS IDENTITY OR HARMONY WITH SOMEONE OR SOMETHING. THE FACT OR STATE OF BEING ONE IN NUMBER. AS THE ONENESS OF GOD. EPHESIANS 4:4-6 GIVE SEVEN AREAS OF THEOLOGICAL ONENNESS.
Unity And Sin
Oneness A human relationship challenge <ul><li>Rev. Dr. Huberto Pimentel </li></ul><ul><li>National Pastor for Hispanic Ministries </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) </li></ul>
The Spirit makes Unity <ul><li>A notable way in which the Spirit express himself in the Christian community is creating unity. Unity is given. </li></ul><ul><li>Ephesians 4:3-4 sketches what we have in common: “ Endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, as you are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all, and through all, and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ gift”. </li></ul>
The Spirit makes Unity <ul><li>Paul insist that the Spirit creates unity, and that it is the job of the Christians to keep that unity and not spoil it. </li></ul><ul><li>Paradoxically, like so much in the Christian life, unity is a gift of God, and yet we have to work at it. </li></ul>
The Church must preserve Unity <ul><li>In these family, seen as One Body , indwell by One Spirit , there is no place for distinctions of wealth or station, sex or nationality, no room for pride in education or religious privilege (Col. 3:11; Jas 2:1ff). </li></ul><ul><li>It accounts for the decision of the Council of Jerusalem that the issue of circumcision must not be allowed to split the Church (Acts 15). </li></ul>
The Church must preserve Unity <ul><li>This unity in the Spirit bridges the gap between Jews and Gentiles once they become Christians (Eph 2:15) and breaks down the hostility between human beings of different colours and backgrounds. </li></ul><ul><li>Our faith is not a philosophical statement allowing some to imagine themselves as custodians of the right believe. </li></ul>
The Church must preserve Unity <ul><li>Disunity is utterly repulsive to Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>1 Peter gives us a fuller detail of the Body in Unity:”Individual Christians are spiritual stones which go to make up the spiritual temple which is built in Christ”. (1 Pet 2:5). </li></ul><ul><li>The person who spoils the temple of Gd by encouraging disunity will be destroyed by God (1Cor 3:17). This is how highly Paul rates the unity of the Christian Church. </li></ul>
If the human dilemma is brokenness in the divine-human relation and in the sphere of human relationships, Then, sin is living in ways which perpetuate alienation and contribute to it. It is both being conditioned (systemic- corporate), and choosing (individual responsibility) to live... What sin is?
Over the other to dominate to use to control to manipulate leading to contempt
Against the other in competition in jealously in selfishness in hurting leading to antagonism
Despite the other in rejection in unconcern in self-fulfillment in doing one’s own thing leading to isolation
Apart from the other in withdrawal in flight in self-sufficiency leading to emptiness
Inside the other in fusion in parasitic in liutus “through the other” leading to lose of identity
Under the other putting oneself down making the other my god leading to resentment
Rather than with and for the other in truth and love in mutuality and complementariness leading to fulfillment and growth
finale From the cowardice that shrinks from new truths, From the laziness that is content with half-truths, And from the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth, O God of truth, deliver us Quote in Henlee H. Barnette, “The Minister as a Moral Role Model,” Revex 86 (1989): 509-10.