Jack Oliver - The Law of Synergy - Port Dickson Convention - 2005

Hymn 342, "Thou Hast Been My Help"

May (Jones) mentioned Mathematics, but figures and I are not really friends. I'll just talk about some simple numbers, 1-2-3. Before children speak, they can hardly say 1-2-3.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, "Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.  For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.  Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?”


Verse 12, And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken."  Numbers 1, 2, and 3 are all mentioned in these verses.  I had a letter yesterday that mentioned someone nearly 80 passing away - not nearly so important but some things are.  "Two are better than one."  Often two are better than one but sometimes not and sometimes two are very wrong.  One is very important.  I was looking up and found “One” is mentioned 1,966 times in the Bible. Two is mentioned 835 times.  Number 1 is nearly twice the number of 2 in the Bible – and it’s very important.


When the law was given God said, "Thou shalt have no other god before me."  That simply means ONE God.  As long as we have ONE God, things will be fine in our life.  Two is not better than ONE, if we have two gods.  In Romans, Paul said to live to fulfill all the law.  If we follow Jesus, we are fulfilling all the law.  Jesus had only ONE God.  In Matthew 6, Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other."  How often or how long do we think we can serve two masters?  If two masters come into our life, that’s a recipe for confusion.  Two is not better than one and there will be problems.   One of the two will want to rise up and be master.

One day we were at the Madagascar airport, when a woman came up to us and said, "Don't you know who I am?"  Ten years before, this lady was in hearty fellowship with us.  Eight of her brothers and sisters are still in the Way and one is in the Work.  In her mum's dying days, she was clearly grieving for her.  But later she got friendly with a non-professing young man who she brought to the meetings.  She was confident he was just a colleague but little by little, she got thinking about marriage, but not a church wedding.  Today that woman is very zealous in the Anglican Church. She followed another master.  Two is not better than one.


Proverbs 30:21-23, "For three things the world is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear: For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat; For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress."  When the servant reigns, that brings disquiet, confusion because the servant is out of place.  We have lots of servants in this life; tools we use in everyday life.  After a while these servants can become more than servants and can reign in our lives.  It was my first time in Finland last year and I don't know anything about the country.  One day I learnt they have the greatest number of hand phones in the world, but from the first to the last meeting no hand phones rang, it was good.  Telecommunications is the number one interest in the world today, emails, computers - they are servants - they are good as long as they remain servants but once they aren’t servants, they become too powerful.

Is it necessary?  They are good only if they are necessary.  In the modern world, it is impossible not to have them but as long as they are servants, they are useful.  Even SMS, are they necessary? Are they feeding the flesh? When a servant reigns and takes up too much of our time and energy, the servant is taking the place of a master in our life.  They are more practical than spiritual, but the result can be spiritual.  Daily practical servants can affect our spiritual growth, or otherwise.  These little things are good as long as they are in their place.  May the Lord help us to keep them in their place, and not let them get out of their place.


Don’t keep two measures or weights in your bag - just one. It’s not easy to do, to be impartial.  Sometimes because of circumstances, we have two weights in our bag and little by little what happens? Corruption comes into our life.  In Madagascar, they have socialism. Many things slip under the table; it’s the way of life there.  The President is a very upright man himself and is doing his best to wipe corruption out.  But corruption comes when there are two weights.  We have to have one measure.  As far as good living or business is concerned, just have one weight in your bag.  In the Levitical law, there is just one law for the children of Israel and strangers; the latter have to comply if they want to come in.


Jesus said to Martha, who was cumbered about with much serving, while Mary just sat there "That one thing is needful."  What did you do first thing this morning?  What is the most important thing to do today? "Nothing matters but salvation."  Do you agree with that?  I don't.  Other things do matter, but they don't matter as much as salvation.  That is the one thing that is needful, that we have to keep before us always.  There are many things I have to do today but let me get my priorities straight, for this is most important!


Ephesians 4, Paul gave a list of ones; “.... one body, one spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father..." One body, one spirit - we are all different, but we are gathered here today. What makes us one?  It is not what we believe.  It’s not the scriptures.  It’s not the way we are going. It’s not the way we believe in the same thing.  It is the ONE SPIRIT.   As long as we have it guiding and reigning in our life, we are one.  The big difference in Truth and in other doctrines is that many, many people try to copy what the Lord has laid down and they do a good job of it but the big difference is the ONE SPIRIT.  There is nothing to fear when this one spirit is reigning but when the spirit of the world sets in, it will spoil our oneness with one another and with God.


God's spirit cannot be copied.  I was flying from Australia to New Zealand.  I had not been in touch with New Zealand and I did not know who was to meet me.  As soon as I walk through the formality, I saw a couple and we just walked towards one another, shook hands and we walked away together.  If anyone saw us, they would think this old couple was welcoming their son!  This one spirit unites us. Sometimes you meet people and you feel you are not free in your spirit.  Why?  The spirit of God is not in the other!  We need to have this one spirit that can unite us as brothers and sisters - keep to one spirit!

Two are better than one and the Lord has arranged it that way.  If two lie down together, they will be warm.  What if one lies down alone?  The Lord's commandments to Moses was "two stones" when the law was written. Today, we go out to preach the gospel, two by two - this is essential.  Two witnesses or more were necessary before a person is condemned - it was very necessary in the old law and it is still today.  They had two "false" witnesses - keeping the law to have two - to condemn Jesus.

John 8,  "I am the light...” The Jews said, "You are bearing witness to yourself so your witness is not true."  Jesus said, "In your law, you must have witnesses, My Father bear witness to Me and I bear witness to Him," God witnessed that what Jesus was doing was to God Himself.  We call ourselves Christians, the children of God.  Does God call us His children? This is witness from God.  If there is only one witness, we are not a valid child of God.


Two become one - two workers, if not, one will mean nothing.  The two stones the Lord gave were one.  Two witnesses must be one, otherwise they are not valid.  Some say seven is the perfect number.  I think ONE is the perfect number.  When two witnesses are one, it is perfect.  When the Lord populated the world, the man and woman became one and the home became powerful but when two are not one, there will be conflict and problems will come into the home.  My parents were ONE in bringing us up - this is God ordained.

Number three.   It must be three - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for three equals one.  It cannot be anything else, otherwise there’s division.  One cannot work independently from the other.  These three work together and bring unity.  A three-fold chord is not easily broken, most chords are like that.  If each chord can carry 20kg, when three cords of the same strength are combined, logically speaking they can carry 60kg, but you are wrong. They can carry 100kg.  This is the law of synergy.  Servants of God, the Spirit of God, people who listen equal those who are like the 3-fold chord, a cord that is not easily broken.  Eternal life is the result of that.  There is no way to have salvation if one of the three is taken out.  All three come back to one.  Jesus prayed at the end of his life "that they may be one" and only the Spirit of God, of His Son in us, will keep us ONE.