Ephesians 4:4-6
2 Corinthians 13:5-8
“Examine yourselves,
whether ye be in the faith …”
In today’s text the Apostle spoke about a seven-fold oneness in God: body, spirit, hope, Lord, faith, baptism, one God and Father of all. The unity must not be outside of these seven elements. The Spirit of Christ in the life of believers is manifested in faith and love. Faith shows our trust in God. He is the same Lord and never changes. We have to have complete trust in His promises. A step of faith makes one walk worthy of the gospel.
Christ designated believers as the light of the world. This was also the testimony that the Apostle was seeking for the Ephesian church. Love is the bond of Christian fellowship. The Apostle indicated in the text that oneness of believers was sustained by common love. Christians will learn to value this exhortation when there is an absence of love in their midst. In such a situation the church becomes one of dead orthodoxy. Out of this lack comes mistrust and division. The spirit that builds the unity disappears and the spirit of carnality takes over. This must not be allowed in the community of believers.
When Paul spoke to the elders of this church in Acts 20, he told them to shepherd the church of Christ which He purchased with His own blood. The ministers of the gospel are not to preach themselves but Christ and His saving Gospel. In Acts there is a record of confrontation between Paul and Barnabas because of John Mark. However, that was out of nondoctrinal disagreement and did not mean their faith was compromised. (There is evidence that they later were reconciled.) When Paul wrote to the Ephesians, he knew that such negative reactions occur among Christians, but there is a remedy because they believe in one Lord. Unity ought to be the leading character in the body of Christ and that sevenfold oneness is the basis.
THOUGHT: All must be united in building up the body of Christ.
PRAYER: Lord, may I use my talents to build up the body of Christ.