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blessed fellowship with the great Worker Who is silently building
up a habitation of God in Spirit.
The reader will have noticed that where the A.V. reads `the knowledge
of the Son of God' we have substituted as an alternative `acknowledge'. If
the Scriptural and grammatical reasons for this alteration are not known,
the article entitled Acknowledge1 should be consulted.
The perfect man. The word used here for `man' is aner which always
means a man as distinct from a woman. It is translated `husband' in
Ephesians 5, which makes it impossible for this church to be `the Bride'.
Figures and symbols are used with exactness in Scripture. (See articles on
Body1; and Bride and the Body1. The goal, too, is `The fulness of the
Christ'. The wonderful age purpose which this word `fulness' embraces is set
out in some measure under the heading Pleroma3). Let our endeavours be
directed to the keeping of the Unity of the Spirit. Let our ministry be
directed to the perfect man. Let no man -made unity or system be allowed to
intrude or to spoil; let us build upon the One Foundation, that which will
stand the test of `that day'.
The Unity of the Spirit. In the preceding article, we have considered the
subject of `Unity', in the present one we concentrate upon `The Unity of the
Spirit'. As this Alphabetical Analysis is a book of reference, some element
of repetition is necessary for the sake of completeness. The seriousness of
the subject however is an all -sufficient justification for such treatment.
There are two injunctions in the epistles of the present dispensation
that at first sight seem to have little connection, yet upon consideration
are seen to be inseparable, and indeed but two sides of one whole.
`Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to
be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth' (2 Tim. 2:15).
`I ... beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are
called ... endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of
peace' (Eph. 4:1 -3).
The first link that binds these two precepts together is the word
translated `study' and `endeavour', for both represent the one word spoudazo
in the Greek. This word is derived from speudo which means to urge on, to
hasten. Upon examination, it will be discovered that mere `hastiness' is by
no means implied, but that some driving urge is at work impelling action and
movement. What a contrast is established in Scripture between the Chief
Priests and Scribes, who could glibly quote chapter and verse to show that
Christ should be born in Bethlehem, and yet who never went either to see or
to worship (Matt. 2:4 -6); and the shepherds who said:
`Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to
pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with
haste' (Luke 2:15).
`They came with haste' indicates not merely speed but diligence, an
urge that surmounts obstacles, a movement with a goal in view.
The same word that is translated `study' in 2 Timothy 2:15, is
translated `Do thy diligence' in 2 Timothy 4:9 and 21. In one case it is
followed by the word `shortly' in the other by the words `before winter', in