Biblical Unity in Diversity (Linne)

The New Reformation: Finding Hope in the Fight for Ethnic Unity

Revelation 7:9-10 is a beautiful passage that describes the church triumphant:

After these things I looked, and here was an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches in their hands.  They were shouting out in a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God, to the one seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”  (NET)

Shai Linne has some great comments on these wonderful words of Sacred Scripture:

Notice the diversity. What lavish and abundant diversity! Every nation. All tribes. All peoples. All languages. All that niceties. Not one left out. How could they be? The gospel of the kingdom has been proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations that the end has come. Here we are. Don’t be mistaken. This is not diversity for diversity’s sake. Ethnic diversity is not virtuous in and of itself. Hell is also a very diverse place. The most glorious expression of ethnic diversity is a redeemed humanity united around the beauty of Jesus Christ, who is blood ransomed people for God from every tribe, language, people, and nation. This is not inclusiveness to meet a quota or to make the front of a college brochure look better. This is diversity with a divine purpose: to show off the glory of God to the entire universe as the Light of the world shines magnificently upon every facet of the jewel of a redeemed humanity.

Notice the unity. What devout and passionate unity! A countless multitude all on the same page. No one out of step. No one doing their own thing. No one trying to outshine anybody else. How could they be? They are in the unveiled presence of God and the Lamb! When the sun comes out, all the stars disappear. There’s no place for a superstar in the same universe that has Jesus in it. Don’t be mistaken. This is not unity for unity sake. Unity is not virtuous in itself. Hell is also a very unified place. Hell is Babel spun out and unraveled to its ghastly conclusion. Wicked people opposed to God futilely trying to ambush the heavens and make a name for themselves in their pride and arrogance.

The most glorious expression of unity is exactly what we see here [in Rev. 7]. A multitude of diverse, blood-bought saints doing exactly what they were created to do: praise God with all their might. This is the unmitigated joy of a people for God’s namesake in lockstep unison. All washed by the blood of the Lamb. All holy and clothed in the spotless righteousness of Christ. All humbled before God with a posture of unabashed worship and adoration. All carrying symbols of victory and salvation. All lifting their glorified voices in fervent praise. All empowered by the Spirit to exult in the kingship of God and the sacrifice of the Savior.

Shain Linne, The New Reformation, p. 210-211.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015

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  1. as the New Testament teaches salvation is not just for the jews as they still advocate and deny Jesus is the word of God made flesh…the one and only Saviour, member of the trinity

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