Christian Unity Ephesians 4:
The majestic universe, though bearing the abrasions of divine judgment Romans 8: We see a Universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand these laws. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations Brian, There is an amazing unity of revelation in the two major testaments of the Bible.
Unfortunately, the divisive spirit seems to be more common than that of tranquility, and a host of problems are the result. It is difficult to find a church within the framework of New Testament history that did not experience some level of discord.
The church in Jerusalem was troubled with Judaizers Acts These examples by no means exhaust the list. One has to do with temperament, the other with teaching.
The recognition of these two problematic areas could go a long way towards healing division. Under the impulse of the Spirit of God Paul wrote: I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith you were called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all Ephesians 4: A consideration of this paragraph reveals the following important elements: Let us reflect upon each of these matters briefly.
The apostle was a prisoner literally on many occasions during his ministry cf. There is no virtue in hardship when one is estranged from the Savior.
Christianity is the sole avenue to God in this concluding dispensation of human history. In view of this foundational truth, the following plea is appropriate.
Christian conduct must measure up to the pattern imposed by God. The word suggests an unselfishness that manifests itself in sacrificial love for others—a concept generally disdained by the Greeks Patzia, but extolled in the New Testament.
Paul, in describing his personal attitude while working among the Ephesians, employed this very word Acts And his life supported the claim. What an insurmountable challenge this is for the people of God! Just think of how this temperament could ameliorate church problems.
It is likewise applied to a patient human quality Acts Longsuffering stands over against impulsive hostility or impetuous reaction.
Following the three foregoing nouns, are two participle phrases. The present tense, middle voice form indicates a pattern of behavior that one exerts, which, ultimately, is in his personal best interest.
The word assumes that in the relations of Christians with each other occasions of differences, even of threatened alienation, are sure to arise Smith But kinsmen in Christ are not to respond quickly and hatefully when conflicts surface; to the contrary, they are to resist every inclination to explode and attack.
It is a premeditated principle by which one lives as he attempts to operate in the noblest interest of others. It is extremely difficult to act with agape towards those we do not particularly like—who may, in fact, be somewhat repulsive.
It reflects the sustained zeal that Christians must have for the promotion of unity within the body of Christ, and it casts a dark shadow over those who engage in the mischief of contention and division.
The word is best defined by amicable actions! It has a variety of uses, e. It is clear to see that the chorus of qualities cataloged above, if engaged by the people of God, will facilitate an atmosphere wherein the redemptive plan of Christ can operate with optimum efficiency.
Surely every genuine Christian desires to see this state prevail in the body of Christ. There also is the unity of truth. While this goal never will be achieved absolutely in a society of flawed people, it must be sought vigorously. We pass over that and, for our own thematic purpose, will consider them in a descending order characterized by a logical progression.
The Godhead First, there is the oneness that characterizes the Godhead, i.Further, a New Testament church derives its principles and practices for church life from the New Testament.
Finally, a New Testament church is one which exhibits the life of Jesus Christ to the world. 2. Christian Unity (Ephesians ) Introduction. We have said that a New Testament church is one that derives its doctrines from the New.
The Unity Church considers itself to be a Christian-based, nonsectarian educational organization. Under Unity thought, for example, Jesus Christ is a divine figure, but all individuals share in the divine nature of God and the term “Christ” can apply to this divinity.
"THE EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS" Walking Together In Unity THE "BASIS" OF UNITY () A. ONE BODY 1. This refers to the body of Christ, the church.
It is difficult to find a church within the framework of New Testament history that did "The Mandate for Christian Unity - A Study of Ephesians This chapter defends an argument for the unity thesis the centrepiece of which is the introspectively based claim to the effect that all of one's current experiences are unified.
We are dedicated to the restoration of New Testament Christianity by revealing the paradigm between the New Testament ekklesia and the Institutional Church of today.