The state of believers being “in Christ.”
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Unity A term used four times by the RSV in the sense of harmony within a community. Ps. 133:1 celebrates the beauty of brothers living “in unity” (Heb. gam-yāḥaḏ; yaḥaḏ means “together,” and gam adds emphasis). Some scholars have interpreted this verse as a wisdom saying praising the ancient Hebrew
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
UNITY. The Gr. word henotēs, “oneness, unity,” is used in Eph 4:3, 13 to describe that unity which is to exist within the Christian church. It is based upon the clear doctrines of one Saviour, one heavenly Father, one Holy Spirit, one baptism, and only one Church in God’s sight (Eph 4:4–6). It is made
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
UNITY (Heb. yaḥad, adverb “unitedly”). Used to signify a oneness of sentiment, affection, or behavior, such as should exist among the people of God (Ps. 133:1). The “unity of the faith” (Eph. 4:13; Gk. henotēs, “oneness”) is the unanimity of belief in the same great truths of God, and the possession
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
UNITY — oneness, harmony, agreement. Unity was apparent on the day of Pentecost when the believers “were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1). The church is a unity in diversity, a fellowship of faith, hope, and love that binds believers together (Eph. 4:3, 13).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
UNITY<u’-ni-ti>: Ps 133:1 for (יָחַד[yachadh], “unitedness,” and Eph 4:3, 13 for [ἑνότης, henotes] “oneness.” Also Sirach 25:1 the King James Version for [ὁμόνοια, homonoia] “concord” (so the Revised Version (British and American)).
The Lutheran Cyclopedia
Perichoresis is the Greek dogmatic term for most intimate union, communion, and interpenetration. It was applied by the old Luth. dogmaticians to the Trinity, where an essential perichoresis takes place (John 14:11; 17:21), and to the natures in Christ, where there is only a personal and not mutual interpenetration,
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Unity of God
Unity of God.—God is one, He can be only one; there is only one God, and there can be but one God. When Moses presents himself from the part of God before the children of Israel, he says to them: The One who has sent me to you. He does not say: Those who are, but the One who is, the one, the one whose
Pocket Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship
unity. The desire of Jesus Christ for his people (Jn 17:11), expressed in the *Eucharist (1 Cor 11:18–21, 33). In light of this, gathered Christians sing in unison and corporately recite *prayers and *creeds (cf. Rom 15:5–6). See also agape.
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
ONENESS.—The term ‘oneness’ (ἑνότης, tr. ‘unity’) occurs only in the Epistle to the Ephesians, where it is twice used (4:3, 13) in what may be called a moral sense, i.e. to express not a physical but a mental or spiritual idea. In that Epistle, where the writer has in view the Gentile world, fundamental
UNITY.—In the NT the term ‘unity,’ like its Gr. equivalent ἑνότης, occurs only in Eph 4:3, 13—both times with reference to the unity of the Christian Church (v. 3 ‘the unity of the Spirit,’ v. 13 ‘the unity of the faith’). But the idea of the unity of the Church as the ‘body of Christ’ is one that
Dictionary of Theological Terms
Mystical Union
Mystical Union“That intimate, vital and spiritual union between Christ and His people, in virtue of which He is the source of their life and strength, of their blessedness and salvation” (Berkhof).In the terms of the covenant of redemption (see Covenant Theology), Christ was appointed the federal head
Unity of God
Unity of GodTheologians usually consider this divine attribute in two ways:1. Unitas singularitatis, the unity of singularity, stresses the fact that there is but one living and true God.2. Unitas simplicitatis, the unity of simplicity, stresses the fact that the divine essence is indivisible. God
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
UNITY State of being undivided; having oneness; a condition of harmony.Old Testament Central to the faith of Israel is the confession of the unity of God: “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One” (Deut. 6:4 HCSB). Because God is one, one set of laws was to apply to both Israelites and foreigners
Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained
OnenessSee also: One, p. 133Greek expression: henotēsPronunciation: hehn AW tayssStrong’s Number: 1775Key VersesEphesians 4:3, 13The Greek word henotēs appears only twice in the New Testament—in Ephesians 4:3 and 4:13, where Paul speaks of the “unity” of the Spirit and the “unity” of the faith.
Key passages
Mt 10:40

“The one who receives you receives me, and the one who receives me receives the one who sent me.

Ro 6:3–5

Or do you not know that as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we may live a new way of life. For …

Ga 2:20

and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me, and that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Eph 5:31–32

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” (This mystery is great, but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.)

Col 3:3–4

For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

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