We confess One God IN three persons. Wonderfully, those persons are always deferring to each other – ever exemplifying selflessness. The World, the Flesh, and the Devil despise this kind of unity. Satan has always pushed for selfishness, from the garden to the betrayal of Judas. The World pushes for unity without diversity. A global conformity. The flesh is desperate for those who would unite with it (see
4 With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; (ESV)
) in debauchery, but ever selfish in all it touches. If we hear Paul correctly in these verses we see that when we use God’s gifts to build up Christ’s Bride the goodness of the Triune God shines!