The Ultimate E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many – One ~ blog
In 1776 a seal for the nation of America was developed and was designed by Pierre Eugene du Simitiere. There are 13 shields surrounding 6 other shields with images representing the 6 different types of people from the 6 nations of England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, France, and Germany.
Across the bottom is a banner are the LATIN words…
E PLURIBUS UNUM
OUT OF MANY – ONE
These words are still on the Great Seal of the United States used today and printed on all our money. I would say they were pretty important words to our nation and throughout our nation’s history. However, would it surprise you that they are also words we might find finally realized in heaven?
This idea of unifying that which has been separated is what God has been doing since sending His Son to be the Savior and Lord of the world. See it with me in Ephesians 1:
“With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”
Unity. Oneness. This is maybe one of the most basic ideas in all the universe because before there even was a universe there was God who Himself is the Three in One. There are the Three…God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit and yet they are all fully and completely God.
Jesus Himself said these words in John 10…
“I and the Father are One.”
And His Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone Him because they believed Jesus had just committed blasphemy because Jesus…
“…a mere man claimed to be God.”
And Jesus on His last night with His disciples prayed for them in John 17…
“Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.”
And Jesus also includes us in this, the real Lord’s Prayer…in John 17:22-23;
“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.”
Oneness. Unity. Community. This is what life was like in the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed. Until sin came in like a nuclear bomb and suddenly, they realized they were naked and covered themselves from one another and hid from God in the garden.
And it is what sin does today in us. Shame. Fear. Isolation. Covered Up and hiding we do not trust one another and seize upon our differences to be the excuse for allowing sin to separate us so that we might even attack one another. We blame everyone who is different from us even if they are our spouse, our brother, our sister. And the greater the distance between us the deeper the mistrust so that ultimately, we settle in alone and separated.
However, God in His eternal brilliance is working behind the scenes. He sent into the jet-black darkness of this fallen world a beam of light born in Bethlehem. A Savior to heal the separation between us and God by paying for our sins. And He wants to help us be one with one another in spite of our different sexes, ages, cultures, religions, governments, and borders.
What sin and death have done to shatter the possibility of any hope for unity God is working by His Spirit within His body the church to put the pieces back together so that we might be one as They are one.
Yet what do we find within the churches? Division over almost anything. And yet ultimately all of us will be brought to complete unity because that is where this will all end for us who follow Jesus. Oneness. One. Unum…forever in Heaven.
I say these words in light of what is happening not only in the Capital building today but what also happened there 5 weeks ago. Words that I hope will cause you to think about what kind of nation you want to live in. What kind of world do you want to be on? All around the world, there is rising conflict. Atoms being split and explosions taking the lives of many.
40% of the nations of the world are in civil unrest right now and I fear that is being seen in the Church as well. May God help us who are followers of Jesus be a part of what God wants to do and out of many, there can be unity.
And may I ask where do you find yourself today? Among those who are binding together to create unity or those who are seeking to destroy it?