Friday, May 15, 2015
Unity of the Spirit
The tragedy is that men are trying to produce unity by telling us that it does not matter very much what we believe, that as long as we all come together and work together, and do not argue about doctrine, we shall all be one. But the unity of the Spirit comes through understanding, not through discounting understanding and saying that the knowledge of doctrine does not matter. . . .
Doctrine must come first. The Holy Spirit's chief work is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. So there is no value in our prayers if we do not believe in Him, in His unique deity, in His incarnation, virgin birth, miracles, atoning death, resurrection and ascension. The Spirit glorifies Him, and we must therefore believe in Him and be "of one accord" in our doctrine.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Christian Unity: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:1-16, p.79, 80