1 Corinthians 1:10 – “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
Jesus chose His disciples from various backgrounds and professions. Yet the disciples followed Christ and were united with Him. Jesus prayed for His disciples on the night before His crucifixion, “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are” (John 17:11). Early believers were one in heart and mind, and they didn’t say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common (Acts 4:32). All who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need (Acts 4:34-35).
Satan is the one who brings division in churches. Paul warned Titus to “avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless” (Titus 3:9). Christians should be known for their oneness in Christ. “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:24-25). If there is a division in the church, how can Christ be the head? If they are not united in Christ, how can they preach Christ to others and be a good witness?
Paul the apostle says in 1 Cor. 12:12, “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.” Again Paul urged the church in Ephesus to “Make every effort to keep the unity of Spirit through the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3). To be united with Christ, we must have a love for our fellow brethren and willingness to live in harmony with each other, like the Christians of the early church.