“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.
There is a dwelling together in unity. This is more than coming together in some form of worship of God. In the New Testament the saints were breaking bread from house to house. A dwelling together! Genuine and unfeigned love, holy get-together, unity of mind and purpose and others-centeredness all implied here! This, in the sight of God, leads to a flow acceptable to Him: a ‘giving and sharing’ of pleasant smell rising up to the throne of God and attracting His Spirit’s descent among men.
A flow, a running down from the head to the beard down to the skirts: When there is this kind of dwelling together, one that is void of self and allows what we have to flow from up to down (and we refer to giving, sacrificial giving: be it spiritual, physical or financial), it is always good and pleasant in the sight of God. Result: He commands ‘the’ (not ‘a’) blessing. And what is that? Life for evermore! This is the Holy Spirit in action. This is its chief purpose, even life for evermore. All other things are secondary and additives. The place of genuine love among brethren – saints or holy brethren that is – in having the Holy Spirit to work eternal works among us cannot be overemphasized.
‘Life for evermore’ is the chief promise of both Testaments. From it every other thing proceeds. It is not otherwise. Jesus says we should seek first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and other things shall be added. Later we shall see the relevance of the brethren dwelling together in love and its relationship with this ‘life for evermore’ both as it relates to those within the fold or household of faith and as it affects those without; that is, how it enhances their having this ‘life for evermore’ and getting added to the church.
Mountains of Zion and Brotherly Dwelling!
“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”.
The word used here is ‘brethren’. It means, in New Testament usage, those who are born again or saved from sin by Jesus Christ and now having the life of God. And further more it means those who are living right and acceptably so by God. How good and how pleasant it is for those genuinely born again and living holily to dwell together in unity! The two: born again and living right, are very key in understanding a serious word: Brethren! Then it says that the dwelling together in unity of these brethren (always remember who they are) is like the precious ointment upon the head of Aaron that ran down his beard flowing down to the skirts of his garments’ just as it is with the dew of Hermon and with the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion (think about it). For there, that is, the mountains of Zion, God commands the blessing, even life for evermore. If where the brethren dwell together in unity is liken to mountains of Zion (with its dew) where He commands His blessing, then we can create many mountains of Zion today; mountains of Zion where He will command His blessing. And these mountains of Zion are ‘where the brethren dwell together in unity’.
These multiplied mountains of Zion here and there is what grace makes possible. We really now do not need to go seeking out mountains of Zion in Israel to be thus visited by God. And indeed, now is the time we must worship the Lord in truth and in Spirit for the Lord seeks such to worship Him. And one very key element in worshipping God in truth and in spirit is the unfeigned practice of what we are here talking about: Dwelling together in unity, sharing with and loving one another as members of one household. Of course, by this shall men know that we are His disciples!
And when men know without doubt that we are His disciples because our being born again and our individual holy lives translates to genuinely loving one another, God shall empower our words within as in days of old and shall command the blessing, even life for evermore and add to the Church daily those that are being saved. And our own lives will also be better for it, for nothing translates a Christian better from glory unto glory than living holily, living in genuine love with the brethren and seeing new believers, believers indeed, being added to the fold of Christ, especially in our little corners.
Dwelling in One Accord, and Life for Evermore
One key thing guaranteeing that we make Heaven after our salvation is sharing: and it could be godly knowledge, love, substance or material wealth (i.e. money and possessions) etc. Wherever there is unity of the brotherhood or household of faith, there God commands the blessing: life for evermore. This kind of living is that which makes men to know that we are his disciples. It recommends the Gospel to them acceptably. It makes God to add to the church daily such as are saved; souls embedded with eternal life: Life for evermore.
Unity of the brotherhood – when we are bonded in love – strengthens the bond of the Spirit which in turn increases the unction, anointing and flow of the Spirit upon His people to comfort them, lead them appropriately and empower them to do the works of God without restraint. And the first and chief goal of the Spirit here is ‘life for evermore’: Increased or more life of God for the old believers and introduction of the life of God to those just transiting from eternal damnation unto life eternal. Other things come by way of addition.
In Acts 5: 12-14 we read that the disciples “… (were all in one accord in Solomon’s porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women)”. Note here that everything is within parenthesis. You can never miss the context therefore. That is, the addition of these multitudes of believers to the fold is a factor of the old believers being in ‘one accord’ in Solomon’s porch.
It is very significant. When God sees the love He commands in His people; when He sees that his people have caring hearts, compassionate bosoms and loving embrace; enough to receive, lead and keep new converts, He opens doors of salvation to the heathen. He commands the blessing: Life for evermore! But when his people so-called are living only to themselves, caring for only themselves, staying in ceiled houses with their families and feeding their lusts, no matter the sermons from the pulpit and pretentious love and hypocritical holiness we parade, people may be added to our numbers but not believers, not according to this that is written: ‘And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women’.
Acts 2: 42-47 puts it another way: “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believe were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”.
The last sentence should read: And the Lord added to the church daily those that were being saved. This agrees with Acts 5:12-14 above and other versions of the Scriptures (see New Living Translation and New International Version for instance). For we all know that it is those actually saved that God adds to His Church.
Brotherliness, Holy Unction and Binding and Loosing
Holy and practical love makes God not only to confirm our everlasting life we have in Him but helps Him draw others into everlasting life or to Himself. There are many things we labor to get by works and even by prayer that can easily be gotten either otherwise – that is, by genuine practical love – or by making it (genuine practical love) to lead our other efforts. One of such things we can easily see multiply in our fold in this wise is The Blessing: Life for evermore. Love, Bible love, is the scent of sweet smell, an aroma that moves God to do divine things in our midst. The place of unfeigned and sacrificial love in the move of the Holy Spirit in the church cannot be overemphasized. Its place in making us access eternal things in God is nonesuch.
We want to consider some few things in Matthew 18:18-22 and see how it relates to our present subject matter. “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them. Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”
‘Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven.’ The phrase: ‘again I say unto you’, suggests that something has been said before and that what is about to be said is a repeat truth. So, what has been said before in the verse immediately before this? ‘Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’ Of course, this may have various prongs of meaning. ‘It means declaring something lawful or unlawful by preaching’. It means ‘confirming the truth by power’. It means asking and receiving. It means accepting or rejecting earthly happenings. Binding and loosing or allowing and disallowing seem to sum it all up.
And what does it implies? Matthew 16:19 throws huge light: “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” This is the promise to Peter and his colleague-disciples at that time for revealing Who Jesus truly is. But in Matthew Chapter 18: 18-20 all believers were to share in this: ‘Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them’.
And so let’s go back to Matthew 16 to see how verse 19 introduces the matter: ‘And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven’. It is the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. The keys of life, of eternal life! The keys to ‘life for evermore’! That is the key thing: Life for evermore; and other things come by addition. ‘And whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven’. Whatsoever we shall allow here shall be allowed in heaven and whatsoever we shall disallow here shall be disallowed in heaven. O what a power prayer, preaching, declarations, decrees and confessions of the believers or brethren are, someone may say! And always remember too that this has to do with the keys of the Kingdom of God or keys to eternal things with God; and which even make it, that is, the power or keys given to us more wonderful. But it works out this way:
‘For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them’. Here we see the power of unity. We see how it (unity) attracts Jesus Christ, our High Priest, wherever He sees it. Love makes us to better see and know the Omnipotence, Omniscience and Omnipresence of Jesus Christ. Let unfeigned love exist in ten billion spots on earth at a time, the Omniscience Who knows it all will be there with His Omnipresence to reveal His Omnipotence. Love!
Yes, when brethren are living holy lives and are in agreement or living as one-man without hatred, schism, bitterness and are caring and other-centered and they go to the throne of God to ask in agreement God commands the blessing: life for evermore! The result is increased holiness or life of God among the old brethren and adding to the Church they that were being saved and obtaining God’s life.
There are two levels of agreement before we can bind and loose and Heaven gives the nod; and remember we are talking about eternal matters and things directly related to them either by way of enhancing or hindering them as the case may be. The first level of agreement is the agreement of lives and purposes in God; unity of the brotherhood and true fellowship that allows for sharing with a goal that none has too much and none lacks; and the bond of peace! That alone releases the unction and anointing of the Spirit upon the saints than all the prayers in the world without it.
And when such a people; be they two, three or multitude, steps out to God with a common agreement – the second level of agreement – to ask God to intervene or to even decree by way of preaching or sending forth God’s Word it is always ‘yea and amen’! These, indeed, have the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. And we must reiterate it on purpose that we are talking about eternal matters primarily: Life for evermore!
Holiness, Love and Gathering in Jesus Name
‘For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them’. What does it mean to gather together in Jesus Name? Many believe it is to gather together in the authority of Jesus or to gather unto Him and because of Him. Can we say therefore that a meeting that promotes sin and worldliness even though the Bible may be on the pulpit is authorized by Jesus Christ? Or is that gathering together in His authority? Is it a gathering unto Him and because of Him? Is Jesus therefore there! Or can we say that a coming together of hates, bitterness, grudges, schism, self-centeredness and want of love for the brethren authorized by Jesus Christ? Or is that gathering together in His authority? Is it a gathering unto Him and because of Him? Is Jesus therefore there!
‘Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven’. Do not forget the context of this question. It is about binding and loosing; about two agreeing on earth as touching anything that they shall ask and it being done for them of His Father which is in heaven; about where two or three are gathered together in His Name, and He being in the midst of them! That is the context of Peter’s question. And the Lord’s answer suggests indefinite or unlimited forgiveness!
For this whole thing about using the keys of the Kingdom of heaven or about ‘binding and loosing’ to work as it worked in the early church and in many ages past there must not be unforgiving spirit, hatred, bitterness and schism in our midst. The brethren must live in harmony with the Word of God and in unity one with another. This is the first and requisite agreement God demands of His people before the agreement concerning an issue they think of presenting to Him or what they want to bind or loose. Only then God comes in; only then He commands the blessing; only then what is done here on earth is done in heaven.
Brotherly love is pivotal in all that we do. We must love the brethren with unfeigned love. We must be of one mind. Our fellowship must not be hypocritical. Freely we received freely we must give and share. We must share godly knowledge and exhort one another in sound doctrine for the days are evil: that is love, love of the souls of the people with us. We must also share our possessions. We must live peaceably among ourselves. We must be of one heart, believing the same thing: that wish is truly scriptural! We must be one: That is unity, brotherly living. This is what makes the people out there to know that we are His disciples. And this is what rejoices the heart of our Lord and Savior to be in our midst to grant answers to our requests. This is what makes Him to command the blessing, even life for evermore: Building up and conforming the old believers more and more to His Image and adding to the Church daily such as are being saved.
Brotherly love, genuine love within the household of faith, be it among two or multitude, attracts the Holy Ghost unction and anointing. It provokes the Holy Spirit to act. That is because genuine love is actually God at work.
Love, Holiness and the Christian faith
Love is God. Holiness is the life of God. Love is holy. Holiness loves. And you really cannot separate both or define one without embracing the other wholly else your definition is hugely faulty. When ‘love’ is not from a pure heart it is really something else, something other than love. And ‘holiness’ must love. Holiness must love the souls of men, crave and work for their salvation; and it must love the saved souls, be thoroughly endeared to them and work for their abidance and growth in Christ. ‘Holiness’ that does not love and reach out really has another name other than holiness.
When holy brethren dwell together in love and unity ‘Christianity’ is what you call it. And the brethren were first called Christians (Christ-like) first in Antioch. Holiness and brotherly love that expressed itself in their various godly products or elements gave rise to that. Holiness and love sums up all the Christian virtues, sums up our true profession of the Christian faith and this also perfects all our works and sacrifices.
We are lights. And that is because we are ‘wicks’. A ‘wick’ is ‘a material holding fuel that burns or a string or piece of fabric using capillary action to draw fuel to the flame’ in say a candle or oil lamp or even the stove. But take one lit wick standing alone, and then several lit wicks abiding together, and you will know what a difference. Or, light one wick in the stove, and see what you have; then light each and everyone, and see the difference. As long as the wick or wicks light singly, there is some hit and glow of course. But let the lights join one with another and what a glow and beauty, what a heat and what a purpose achieved! When individual holy lives join together in love, unbroken sweet fellowship, what a glow, what a heat: And this is where the Holy Spirit dwells, where God commands the blessing: Life for evermore!
For the Christian, the life of holiness is that wick. Holiness draws life, the life of God from its base to the flame (the grace of the Holy Spirit) that expresses itself in the Christ-like life or fruit of the Spirit, with love at the apex and almost either encompassing other departments of the Christ-like life or the fruit of the Spirit, or exhibiting their characteristics or elements. Love reaches out to the world in its various dimensions and inseparably of other departments of the Spirit’s fruit (singular): “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” – Galatians 5:22-23.
When the life of God in us meets with the flame of the Holy Spirit, it is always glow, heat and power as we see in the Acts of the Apostles and read in holy revivals of past ages. Holy living and unfeigned love of the brethren is key and common denominators in them all. This also can only be the secret in our days.
Tertullian who lived from about 160 to about 220 A.D. is noted for many things including these two quotes of his: “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church” and “See how they (Christians) love one another”. Yes, unfeigned love, hearty togetherness, sweet fellowship, holy communication and other-centeredness of the saints or holy brethren are that glow and heat! Yes, this is where the Holy Spirit dwells with His power and where God commands the blessing. Any age that has relived the Acts of the Apostles in history has known the visitation of the Holy Ghost the Acts way! “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world” – 1 John 4:16-17. This thing connects with eternity, our being in eternity with God.
We are individually called unto Holiness. That is our individual identity that we must keep and grow in. Its taproot must be firm in the Cross of Calvary where we are saved and where all graces flow to keep us through this dark world of sin. But while maintaining our individual holiness we must reach out to others in the faith with love. The wick individually taps to its base, its source of life. It absorbs life through its own ‘roots’, ‘stump’ and ‘trunk’ standing alone; but at the top where the flame spreads to touch other wicks’ flames ; what a glow! Love is the ‘branches’ of one Christian that spreads and touches another branches of another Christian just like one lit wick touching another lit wick, and if you have many of them together in this way; O what a thing, what a glow and what a heat! This, I say, is where the Holy Spirit dwells and God commands the blessing.
The saint like a wick must individually tap to its taproot: The love or Cross of Christ; and his own roots, stump and trunk, as it were, would, of course, individually stand firm and personally live the life of holiness. But atop let the branches touch other branches; let them embrace others in unfeigned and holy love of the brethren. Unfeigned love of the brethren is chief proof of our holiness, of our sainthood, our discipleship; and by this shall men know that we are Christ’s disciples; and this is the proof that we have seen God and known Him…And this love is necessarily pure. It is agape love – Christ kind of love! First pure and coming from the innermost being of the brethren and powered by the Holy Spirit this is the love acceptable to God.
Without holiness no man shall see God (Hebrews 12:14). But we cannot say we have holiness or that we are holy without its chief evidence. 1 Peter 1:22 tells us this: “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently”. Seeing! This is talking to men who have purified their souls: saved and pure souls (holy lives – pure hearts and clean hands or inner holiness evidenced by transformed living) by obedience of the truth of God’s Word through or by the grace of the ministry and workings of the Holy Spirit.
The goal of purifying our souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit is also told us in the verse: Unto…! ‘Unto unfeigned love of the brethren’! This being so, the command follows immediately and it is very pointed: ‘see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently’. Here we see that holiness leads to love, and love is carried in holiness. Except holiness transports love, it is not love. With this truth, 1Corinthians 13: 3 comes very plain: “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing”. Love must be pure, and from a pure heart.
And yet something else! Love should not only be pure and holy, but fervent, the same verse tells us. Love must be beautiful or have good glow which only holiness offers, and must also be hot or fervent (never lukewarm) which, the Holy Spirit offers when it has holiness as carriage. When the ‘branches’ above joined themselves with others even while our individual ‘roots’, ‘stumps’ and ‘trunks’ are rooted on their Taproot, with the life of holiness intact, it is usually wonderful upstairs where the glow of each ‘wick’ blend into a sweet communion, godly fellowship, holy dwelling together and unfeigned love for one another. Here, the Holy Spirit dwells. Here, God commands the blessing.
Love brought God to us, and no topic can be more important. Love is one word that explains ‘the golden rule’: Doing unto others what we want them to do unto us. “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:10). Jesus says in John 13:34-35: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Since those eternal words by the Eternal Word Himself no other command is most repeated and or emphasized to New Testament believers. Brotherly love! We take only two, and verbatim:
The Apostle of Love’s Two Synopsis on Brotherly Love
1 John 3:11-24:
“For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment. And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us.”
1 John 4:7-21:
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love Him, because He first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God Whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”
Purpose of the Commandment
Love that gives or giving driven by love is the need of the Church today. This contrast with what the Scriptures apparently counsels against in 1Corinthians 13: 3 earlier quoted viz.: “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing”. There is giving that is not charity or love. The world is full of that. Many church folks are into it too. This profits nothing. It has already received its reward having been done in pride; given grudgingly, hypocritically or out of compulsion; or done publicly for show and to attract attention, recognition, honor, glory and praise from men etc.
1Timothy 1: 5 calls the love that is acceptable to God ‘charity out of a pure heart’, and this plus a ‘good conscience’ and ‘faith unfeigned’ it calls ‘the end of the commandment’ or the purpose of the commandment: “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling” – 1Timothy 1: 5-6.
In discussing these verses in “Between Holiness and ‘Prosperity’ Preaching”, I said inter alia: “Charity out of a pure heart, good conscience and faith unfeigned must attend our lives and ministries. We must not swerve or stray from them unto vain jangling. Love must be pure, conscience must be right and faith must be sincere; and we shall soon discover that we are presenting true Christianity and the people of God under us are getting it the real New Testament way. Away therefore with all these emotions and psychological maneuvering of our people because of our fleshly dictates and desires.”
That true love links with eternity with God is very clear and it is a major theme of I Corinthians 13. It (love) never fails; it never ceases; or it never vanish away (verse 8). It cannot be done away with (verse 10). “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity” (verses12-13).
It endures forever. And so where it is, God commands the blessing: Life for evermore! And they that dwell here, that is to say, dwell in love; have God dwelling with them and have God always therefore commanding the blessing: Life for evermore. And they that dwell in love, and so have God dwelling with them will dwell with Him eternally. It endures forever with all that dwell in it.
Many there are who know that “…God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. That is Love come down from above that brought and gave us eternal life. But not so many know that love among the brethren is the continuity or extension of that Love which also attracts the blessing: Life for evermore, from God.
But in holiness let each brother live for our God and serve Him also thus, for there is really no other way; and let us live and dwell together in unity and with brotherly love for this doesn’t fail, and its results astonishing every way, its rewards ever enduring . Let’s endeavor to so live; for then, the Holy Spirit will begin to do His great eternal works in our midst, as in the days of old. We can have and know God much more than we have and know Him today in our midst. But we must be brethren indeed (holy brethren) and must dwell in love, unfeigned love; must dwell together in unity!
And God’s Word says this is good and pleasant and God wants us to live it, see and taste the result: “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.