Pray that the saints would realize the great inheritance of the oneness that they possess and would “write checks” of oneness, applying the oneness of the Spirit in every situation by remaining in their spirit, thereby practicing the one accord (Eph. 4:3-4a; Rom. 8:16, 6b, 9a; 15:6).
Eph. 4:3-4a—Being diligent to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace: one Body and one Spirit.
Rom. 8:16—The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.
Rom. 8:6b, 9a—The mind set on the spirit is life and peace…you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Rom. 15:6—That with one accord you may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We, the saved ones, possess this oneness as our heritage. We possess this oneness, we enjoy it, and we apply it. To apply this oneness is to keep it, and to keep it is to practice one accord.
If in our Christian life and our church life we do not practice one accord, we conduct ourselves as if we are unlearned people who do not know that there is such a thing as the oneness of the Spirit. Suppose you have one billion dollars in your checking account. If you never write checks, it will seem as if you do not have a checking account at all or that your account has a zero balance. Your writing of checks is the practice of your realization that there is one billion dollars in your checking account. The one billion dollars in your checking account is your possession. We may liken the oneness of the Spirit to a one billion dollar deposit in our heavenly bank account. Therefore, every day and in every meeting we need to “write checks”; that is, we need to exercise to apply the oneness of the Spirit to the present situation.
The oneness that we possess in all the churches is not merely the oneness in the Lord’s aspiration and prayer. The oneness in John 17 may be likened to a promissory note. We do not have merely a promissory note; we possess a real bank deposit, for the promised “cash” has actually been “deposited into the bank” and has become our possession. We may consider this possession as our inheritance. The oneness that we have is the accomplished oneness, the oneness of the Spirit. We all have the Spirit in our “bank account” that is, in our spirit (Rom. 8:9, 16). This Spirit who is in our spirit is the equivalent of the oneness. We have the oneness as a deposit in our account, but we may not write “checks of oneness” because we may not remain in the spirit. Instead, we may remain in our mind. When a certain brother prays, we may be in our mind discerning whether that brother’s prayer is genuine or whether there is hidden intention in his prayer. Thus, we may not say Amen to his prayer. In such a situation there is no practice of oneness. The one accord actually is the using of the oneness, which is the using of our possession. We all need to realize and to learn that not to be one with the saints, not to have one accord with others in the church, is serious. This indicates that the oneness is not applied. (CWWL, 1989, vol. 4, “Elders’ Training, Book 10: The Eldership and the God-ordained Way (2),” pp. 373-374)
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