Unity: The Core of Christian belief

Posted: May 16, 2013 in 1. Intro to Biblical Unity
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“The doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of the Christian religion. Unless this doctrine is held firmly and truly, it is not possible to be a Christian. For the Christian is one who acknowledges Jesus as Lord, yet adheres to the religion of the Bible which emphasises so strongly that there is only one God.”
D. B. Knox, The Everlasting God, p. 57

Broughton Knox (a former Sydney theologian) in his book The Everlasting God seeks to explain how fundamental the doctrine of biblical unity is to the Christian life. Without the doctrine of unity the story and wisdom of the bible would have no meaning and the universe as we know it would not exist. For example, if the doctrine of unity is not held firmly in line with what the bible teaches the sin of the first man Adam would have no bearing on humanity nor the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ be effective for the Christian (it would not be necessary).

Yet how can we apply the unity of God to our own lives when most Christians are baffled by how it works or what it even looks like?

Firstly I need to be clear on what I mean when I use the term “biblical unity” before I apply it to everyday situations.

In short, biblical unity is a natural state of relationship where distinctive individuals, in the image of a single head, relate to one another with love for the good of each and every member (and the whole) within a defined hierarchy. Unity is the fundamental relationship that exists between God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit who have always existed and related to one another. It is an essential characteristic that makes God who he is. It is also the state God created the universe to exist in under his headship.

It is my aim to explain the all-important doctrine of unity from the bible’s perspective in upcoming posts, to help Christians learn how to live in light of the Trinity.

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Comments
  1. Andrew says:

    Hi Thomas, what does it mean:

    For example, if the doctrine of unity is not held firmly in line with what the bible teaches the sin of the first man Adam would have no bearing on humanity

    • Thomas Clay says:

      Thanks for your question Andrew.

      What I am trying to say there is that if the doctrine of unity isn’t true then the docrine of original sin has no basis in reality and the fall of the human race was not Adam’s fault. Unity can be thought of as the relationship that connects all humans and underpins logic of original sin. Therefore you can’t rationally uphold the docrine of original sin and deny the doctrine of unity at the same time.

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