Sunday, May 17, 2020
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling.” (Ephesians 4:1-4)
In this passage Paul instructs us to do everything possible to keep or preserve the “unity of the Spirit.” The assumption appears to be that spiritual unity is the norm within the church when its members live under the control of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is a very serious matter to cause division among God’s people. In fact, Paul instructed the church to warn a divisive person twice and then reject him if he does not repent (Titus 3:9-11).
Spiritual unity is at the very heart of the christian faith and the life of Christ’s church. In this letter to the Ephesians church, Paul presents one of the most significant statements on spiritual unity that in the church of Jesus Christ there is only one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God an Father of all (v. 4, 5 & 6).
Why do I quote these verses today? My spirit is hearing from God … hearing from each of you … that we are coming together with a new hope, a new boldness and a new determination to draw closer and closer to our Lord and Savior. That many of you want to reach a new level with God and a deeper hunger for the things of God.
Together, we will reach new heights and cause the devil to flee in defeat as we lift our Lord’s banner higher. Thank you church!
You are loved, Pastor Don