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The Unity that Releases Authority

by David Demian on December 21, 2011

 


The Unity that Releases Authority, by David Demian 
www.watchmen.org

When most of us think of the word "unity" in the Church we think of 
coming together around godly goals. If an evangelist comes to our 
town to do a crusade, churches and ministries in the city will band 
together in support of this godly goal - seeing the lost saved. But 
while we work together, this does not necessarily translate into the 
unity that Jesus prayed for in John 17. We are simply bringing our 
influence and resources together to pursue a common goal and when that 
goal is completed, we each go back to our own lives/visions/ 
ministries.

I think this happens because we wrongly assume unity is about 
amassing or collecting together our gifts/talents/authority/influence 
- adding them up to a greater collective strength. But I believe 
there is a spiritual power in unity that we need to understand.

The Power of Unity

"Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. Then they 
said, 'Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches 
to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be 
scattered over the face of the whole earth.

'But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building.

The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have 
begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for 
them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not 
understand each other." So the LORD scattered them from there over 
all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was 
called Babel--because there the LORD confused the language of the 
whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the 
whole earth"
. Genesis 11:1;4-9

If a people can come to the place of speaking with one language, one 
voice, nothing will be impossible for them. At the tower of Babel, 
the people tapped into this power but because they were operating 
under their own will and not in submission to the Lord, this power 
could have been very destructive. So God intervened and shattered 
their communication - their ability to come into one voice.

If people unsubmitted to God could wield such power, imagine the 
power of unity that is available to the Church that walks as Jesus 
spoke about in John 17 - in a oneness that mirrors that of the Father 
and the Son?

"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one 
accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of 
a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were 
sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, 
and it sat upon each of them. 
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with 
other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were 
dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under 
heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, 
and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his 
own language"
  Acts 2:1-6

I believe what happened in Acts 2 was God's divine redemption and 
restoration of the true unity that had been defiled by human will at 
Babel. At the very foundational moment of the church God gathered 120 
in the upper room to wait upon Him. Unlike the people at the Tower of 
Babel, they were not trying by their own strength to reach their own 
goals. They were simply submitted to the Lord and waiting for the 
promise of the Holy Spirit. As they did, they experienced a 
supernatural visitation where the Holy Spirit filled them. As they 
spoke only what the Spirit gave them to speak, the Lord supernaturally 
enabled all the people around them to hear the same message - God 
being praised - each in their own language. For the first time since 
Babel, the power of true unity was realized and the result was a 
harvest of 3000 souls and an explosion of the church in a single 
day.

Why Is Unity So Important?

I believe what we see in the story of Acts 2 was a radical shift as 
God began the process of establishing His kingdom in the Church. The 
disciples had already experienced spiritual authority as individuals - 
they had been sent to heal the sick, cast out demons, preach the 
gospel. They had seen signs, wonders and miracles - the power of God 
displayed.

After the crucifixion and resurrection, for 40 days Jesus appeared to 
them teaching about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3) The Day of 
Pentecost came and with it the birthing of the kingdom model of the 
church- one body, united in submission and following One Voice, being 
empowered by the Holy Spirit and walking in an authority that eludes 
the church today. Why? Because I believe the church of Acts operated 
in the power of corporate anointing, birthed from their unity, that we 
have not yet seen fully restored in the church today. Unity is one of 
the keys of endtime revival as Jesus spoke about in John 17 and that 
is why the enemy has fought it with all his might.

May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you 
sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:23

Authority 101

We understand that in a home, a husband and wife who are walking in 
agreement and unity have the authority to see God's purposes fulfilled 
in their family. In a church or a ministry, if the leadership team 
walks in unity they have authority in that church or ministry. Now if 
a couple on a church board have unity in their home, does that mean 
they have the authority to bring forth the purposes of God for their 
church, even if the rest of the board is not in agreement one with 
another? No, this couple has to be in agreement with others in the 
leadership team to see God's purposes fully fulfilled for the 
church.

Does this take away the sovereignty of God? By no means. God can 
still at any time exercise His sovereign right to do as He chooses. 
But overall, He has set laws of the kingdom in place and has chosen to 
bind His will to His word. The laws of seedtime and harvest (sowing 
and reaping), the principles of faith are kingdom laws, even as there 
are principles about authority and about unity.

True Corporate Authority

In many ways the church is still functioning in an Old Testament model 
when it comes to authority. In the Old Testament, God would anoint an 
individual - a prophet, a priest or a king - who would be given the 
authority by the Lord to lead. But as we saw in the book of Acts, at 
the inception of the church the Spirit of God rested not on one man 
but on a corporate body of 120.

So as we move more into a model of the kingdom, we should expect to 
see a body of believers, carrying the same spirit, passion and heart 
that will rise in unity to walk together. I believe the early church 
walked in a revelation of this corporate anointing. But over time, as 
religious rules replaced relationship with God and one another, the 
church entered a period where many truths the Lord had poured in at 
its inception were lost, including this principle of corporate unity 
that releases authority.

And so today although the church has the potential to exercise an 
authority to address power and principalities at city, region or 
nation-wide levels, we have not yet seen this authority demonstrated
But that is because no one individual, ministry, or denomination, no 
matter how anointed they are, no matter how much revelation they have, 
can exercise this level of authority alone. It is a corporate 
authority that is required that can only be released through true 
unity. 

Since Martin Luther re-established the foundation of salvation by 
grace we have been in an age of restoration in the church. Wave after 
wave of truth - baptism, holiness, the infilling of the Holy Spirit, 
healing, prophecy have all been restored to the church. And I believe 
now is the time when God wants to open to us a revelation of the power 
of unity to release authority that He might re-establish the 
government of God in His church and by extension, in the nation.

"His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of 
God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly 
realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in 
Christ Jesus our Lord"
 Ephesians 3:10-11

Corporate Death Precedes Unity

What is the key to corporate unity? I believe it's when we realize 
that true unity is not found in collective human strength or 
giftedness but from collective death and humility and brokenness that 
brings us into a place of submission to the Lord and to one 
another.

As believers, most of us understand that our commitment to Christ 
means dying to our own desires and wants that we might live like Jesus 
lived, in total submission to the will of the Father.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ 
lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son 
of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

But there is another level of death and submission that we must enter 
into if we are going to truly walk corporately together as one body in 
submission to One Head. This is what Jesus exemplified in the way He 
walked - total submission to the Father. Jesus did not do anything 
except what He would see the Father doing and He would not speak 
anything that he didn't hear the Father speaking.

So if we want to come to this place as a body, who really listen only 
to One Voice and gives the Lord the pleasure to direct us exactly as 
He wants, then we need to come to the place of being willing to die 
even to the gifts and visions the Lord has given us. It's not about 
laying down our giftings and not using them, but it's about dying to 
our right to use our gifts to build our own vision or ministry. It's 
not about canceling what we do but it's about allowing the Holy Spirit 
to channel it for the corporate when and how He sees fit. Only when 
we come to this place will He truly be One Head over one body, His 
church.

The Trinity Test

The key is to gather a critical mass of believers not to 
mingle their giftings, experiences and abilities to build something 
but to lay down and die to their own. The power of that kind of unity resembles that of a nuclear power.

The first nuclear explosion in history took place in New Mexico, at 
the Alamogordo Test Range, on the Jornada del Muerto (Journey of 
Death) desert, in the test named Trinity.


The Trinity test in the Journey of Death desert? A few 
months before the test a platform of 108 tons (almost 242,000 pounds) 
of TNT (dynamite) was blown up in order to calibrate the instruments 
that would measure the force of the atomic blast. The plutonium core 
that powered the bomb was the size of a large briefcase.

And the atomic blast? It blew out all the instruments - it was 
stronger than anything that could be measured.

I believe this is an amazing picture of the power of true unity. A 
critical mass is the minimum amount of fissionable material required 
to sustain a nuclear fission reaction. If a critical mass (remnant) 
of believers will humble themselves to walk in true unity they can 
operate in a spiritual authority far more powerful than any amassing 
of human strengths or influence can provide. So the key is us not 
bringing our strengths, but "laying down our crowns" at the feet of 
the Lord Jesus. We submit ourselves as a corporate body to seek the 
Lord together, refusing to move until He speaks. And once we have 
heard Him and come into the agreement of a clear witness (it seems 
right to us and the Holy Spirit) as to His direction and timings, then 
will we begin to move with the authority of Heaven to address 
principalities and powers over our cities, regions and nations.

A New Age in the Church

The detonation of the Atomic bomb ushered the world into a new era - 
the Atomic Age. It shifted the balance of power in the Second World 
War, bringing it to a rapid conclusion. And it changed the face of 
warfare, forever.

I believe that today we are standing on the brink of such an equally 
radical transformation. The "Trinity Test" happened in the book of 
Acts. But now it's time for us to enter fully into the new era - the 
Age of the Kingdom - and experience the full restoration of what the 
Lord intended for the church that began on the Day of Pentecost. We 
will not be able to walk in the demonstrated fear of the Lord, the 
great signs and wonders and miracles, the deep bond of love and 
community, the great grace that was in the Early Church - without a 
true revelation of and commitment to the unity of the body that will 
release true corporate authority. May God prepare the church to be 
the glorious Bride for her Soon-Coming King!

 

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