Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore (Psalm 133:1-3).
Only Christians (brethren) can truly dwell in unity. The world can come together, but they cannot be unified. True unity is supernatural. It comes from the Holy Spirit. When two sinners come together, one plus one equals two. When two Christians come together, one plus one equals ten thousand (Deuteronomy 32:30). The world adds but the Holy Spirit multiplies.
In Psalm 133, verse 1, David spoke of the goodness and pleasantness of Christian unity. In verses 2 and 3, he spoke of the blessings of unity. The blessings are two-fold: power and refreshment.
Unity is first like the oil that ran down Aaron’s beard to the skirts of his garment. Oil represents the power of the Holy Spirit. Aaron was the high priest. When the anointing oil was placed on his head, it ran onto his beard and down his garments to the bottom tassels. This is a type of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. On the Day of Pentecost, the oil of the Holy Spirit was poured upon our great High Priest, Jesus (Hebrews 1:9). It then ran down to the garments, the 120 waiting in the upper room on that day. It has continued to flow throughout the Church age and will one day reach the last tassel on the hem of the garment when the final person is born again. Jesus will then return for His body, His Church.
Secondly, unity is like the dew that descended on Mount Hermon. Dew speaks of supernatural refreshment that comes from the Holy Spirit. The Spirit not only comes to bring us power, but as Isaiah tells us, “this is the rest…this is the refreshing…” Isaiah was referring to the “…stammering lips and another tongue” mentioned in the previous verse (Isaiah 28:11,12).
In an atmosphere of spiritual unity, there is power and refreshing. Where there is unity, the Lord commands blessings. No wonder we are exhorted to “strive to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).
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