One Flock Demands Unity
- Matthew 5:9 (ESV)
- Ephesians 4:1 (ESV)
- Ephesians 4:2 (ESV)
- Ephesians 4:3 (ESV)
- Ephesians 4:4 (ESV)
- Ephesians 4:5 (ESV)
- Ephesians 4:6 (ESV)
"...Our bodies cannot function or survive as sectioned and independent divisions and neither can the Lords church"
-Do you realize you can't work apart from the church and be a part of the church. We were designed to serve together.
V.3- "Unity of the Spirit"
-We are to walk in "unity" with the Lord. We aren't walking alone, and that adds a different dimension to this command. All of us walking in unity..this is going to be more difficult than us walking alone
-Walk= our behavior/life
How do we walk in unity? Worthy of the Spirit which displays:
1) Lowliness: humility, esteeming others above ourselves and humility towards God
2) Gentleness: our response in our behavior towards other people, giving God the reigns to controlling how we act towards people
3) Long-suffering: suffer long, suffering in order for the body to be unified, how valuable is the unity of the Lords body to you? If you are not willing to pay a high price for the unity to exist, it won't exist; he expects us to lay down our life/pain/feelings for the cause
4) Bear each others burdens: love is kind, offering to help each other with what they are struggling with, hurt people hurt people, don't retaliate, ask how to help
V.3 Unity takes a lot of effort and endeavoring:
-Endeavor-study and put into action/ be diligent
-"The bond of peace"
-Bond of peace= ligament that is holding members together; unity provides peace that will hold is together; when peace is gone, that ligament is broken, no unity, and we can no longer function and walk worthy as Gods church
-Highest motive for peace is to say Lord I want to live in peace with you and want your body to be attractive to others
Have to "Make" it before you can "Keep" it
-How do we make peace to begin with?
-Matthew 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers
Huge challenge but when we get it right, we function as an orchestra playing from one sheet of music for the director
Unity of Truth (Eph 4:4-6)
There is One:
-body, spirit, hope, Lord, faith, baptism, God and Father of all
-Regardless of interpretation of verses, it still does not change the scripture. We are judged on the passages of Gods word, not what our interpretation of it was. We are divided because of everyone's opinion over the doctrine. Fact is, there is one truth, and that is what we are to be unified in.
Metaphor Of a camera and Parts: Apart from God we do no good, we have to be together, focused on Christ, and when put together right, we take and show a picture of Christ.
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