Finally, in Colossians 3:12-13, the Word of the Lord says, “As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. BEAR WITH EACH OTHER. and FORGIVE whatever grievances you may have against one another….Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on LOVE, which binds them ALL together in perfect UNITY.”
This time, UNITY means “FINISHER” – the same word as in Hebrews where it says we should “fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and FINISHER of our faith.” That means He wrote it, and He completes it! In between, it’s up to us who make up His Body in the earth to get it together, because He has only one goal, one plan in mind. And He’s not going to change His plan just because we are not walking in unity. It means WE must change! We’re not a finished product yet. We must give up our independent spirit to become ONE in spirit.
Some of you may have heard us tell this. Several months ago we were asking the Lord for a [more clear] way to explain what the Word says about “the TWO becoming ONE FLESH.” And the Lord gave me a simple parable. He showed me holding a clear glass container of a YELLOW liquid in one hand and a clear vessel in the other hand filled with a BLUE liquid. There was an empty clear glass in front of me, into which I poured the blue and yellow liquids. Of course, the result was that the two – as they became one – became a GREEN liquid. The YELLOW was a whole ONE, and the BLUE was a whole ONE. But in giving up their own ONENESS they became another… UNIQUELY NEW and DIFFERENT ONE. They each GAVE UP being who they had been…to become something new – a NEW BEING, never to return to the one they were before! They were totally changed by the OTHER being.
Unfortunately, most of us have come to some of the worldliness – the FLESH of the life before we came into the Body of Christ; so the purity of our “green-ness” is less than the best. So we disrupt the HARMONY of the Body, or we prevent the ABSENCE OF DIVERSITY. Or we prevent the TOTALITY of RELATED PARTS. Actually, we (the two or the many) become ONE, by giving up the one we are. The Body of Christ needs everyone of us, and we SURELY need the Body – ALL of it!
– Jay Fesperman
From Jay Fesperman’s “Letters of Exhortation”. Number 31, June 1983.