Once we were part of the world's problems. These problems have sprung from man's own self will which causes him to be separated from others. We were selfish and greedy, and we manipulated others for our own selfish profit and pleasure. Now, the deepest roots of the world's problems are being cut out of us. The ugly fruit which feeds from this root, such as loneliness, alienation, division, and disintegration of basic human relationships, has been cut off among us.
Now we are part of the solution to these problems. For we are the tribes of God's inheritance,1 the nation He is building,2 His servants whom He will use to strike right at the root which causes all the oppression, poverty, hunger, and injustice that plagues the world. We are no longer merely trying to hammer away at the superstructure, trying to find some remedy for the world's problems. For these superficial measures have long ago proven to be ineffective. No, it is only there3 in God's habitation that true change can come about. There not only the external problems of man can be dealt with, but also the deep inner struggles coming from guilt and rejection will find the balm that will sooth.
For God regards the prayer of the destitute, the needy, the comfortless, and the friendless.4 He has not despised their prayers. For God makes a home for the lonely,5 and only the rebellious dwell in parched land of alienation and division, of disintegration of basic human relationships. He searches the earth to find men from every nation who fear Him and do what it right, and He welcomes them.6
Alienation means to withdraw, as the affections; to make indifferent or averse, where love and friendship before subsided; to alienate the heart or affections; to alienate a man from his friends; a state of abnormal function; the feeling of being alienated from other people; separation resulting from hostility.
Disintegration means the act of separating integral parts of a substance; a decomposed state; separation into component parts; total destruction.
Integrate means to renew, to restore, to perfect, to make into a whole, to become one.
Integrant means making part of a whole, necessary to constitute an entire thing; to make the thing entire or ONE (as God is one).
Integral means each part is necessary -- sought out, not forsaken from the whole, essential or necessary for completeness, possessing everything essential.
Man is divided without any hope of restoration. However, he is meant to be integrated into one, to be made whole again. This cannot happen by law or social programs, but is only possible where God's love dwells.7 Only there8 can we be perfected in unity.
This is the Messianic hope, the promise that our twelve tribes hope to attain, as we earnestly serve God night and day.9 We are living for this hope. For hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given us.10 We were the ungodly, but He loved us so much that He gave His only Son as a redeeming sacrifice for us.
For the love of Messiah compels us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. Therefore, if any man is in Messiah, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:14,15,17)
In order for all the old things to pass away so that all things can become new, we must come out of the alienation and disintegration of this world and be gathered together into ONE. The dividing of mankind is the works of the Evil One.11
The mission and purpose for the redemption of mankind is that there could be unity among men. When the world sees the unity our Master prayed for in John 17:23 they will believe that God sent His Son. If they do not see this, how can they believe? Because of disintegration and alienation the world perishes. But through sending the Son those who believe in Him will not perish with the world, but will in Him have eternal life. Whoever has eternal life in Him is no longer disintegrated, but is ONE.12
ALL are united into ONE body. Ephesians 2:11-12, 19-22 (NIV), and 3:5-6 speak of the nations being drawn together in Him... together, together, together... heirs together... members together... sharers together... heirs together with Israel... members together of one body... members together in the promises in Messiah... joint heirs... joint body... joint partakers... joint heirs with Israel.
Loneliness is rebellion against the Creator who made man to be ONE, integrated into families where each can share for others. This is why loneliness is rebellion, once a person knows that God has made a home for him.13
Loneliness gives witness to the fall of man. Man must be integrated, renewed, restored, perfected in unity,14 because each part of the whole is an integrant part, making what was incomplete to be whole. You are necessary. We are all sought out and necessary. Each member makes up the completed whole of His Body, the Holy City, the New Jerusalem.
Loneliness means that you are divided, alienated, and disintegrated from being an integral, integrant part of the people of God who are ONE, without alienation, division, or disintegration of basic human relationships. They are exactly as the Master prayed for them to be. That means "man"15 and that also means "one."16 How? Any outward separation is a sure sign that spiritual unity does not exist, for there is no such thing as spiritual unity which is expressed in outward separation (though many contend that such an absurdity can exist).
Spiritual unity is ONENESS which is certainly expressed outwardly and inwardly. The world must be able to see this unity. If it is invisible they will not be able to see it. If they do not see it they will never believe that God sent His Son to end strife, divisions, alienation, and disintegration of basic human relationships in order to make divided man whole again -- a one new man created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.17
The denominationalism of Christianity today is the anti-thesis18 of the oneness that Messiah prayed for in John 17:21-23. The thesis is "oneness" -- as the oneness between the Father and the Son, which is expressed outwardly by those who believe in Him though the apostles. If the Head is one with the Father and the Body is one with the Head, most certainly the Body will be One also.
Inward unity which does not express itself outwardly negates the UNITY that our Master prayed for. Outward unity that does not express itself in inward unity is an empty husk. That is, the walls of hostility, division, alienation, and disintegration are removed in those in Messiah, in that inward unity is expressed outwardly so that the world (who only sees outward things) can know that God sent the Son. They know this because they can see the accomplishment of what He was sent into the world to do.19
Did the Son of God pray for unity in diversity? Unity in diversity is the outcome of the thesis and the anti-thesis. And this is the synthesis:20 the ecumenical movement, men agree to disagree. But there is NO DIVERSITY between Messiah and the Father.21