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. Ephesians 4:1-3
After Paul spends three chapters revealing the mystery of Christ and all the incredible benefits, positions, and God’s help with power, he turns to our walk with one another. Here, he calls us to walk worthy of the calling with lowliness, gentleness, and longsuffering, as we bear with one another in love. Our union with each other is not based on revelation but in love—love that is seen in our lowliness, gentleness, and longsuffering with one another. Love covers the multitude of sins. Love that covers all of us and is the bond of perfection.
Our unity is of the Spirit, our love for one another is the bond of peace.
Paul states our necessity of love because there is no place to go from one another. We can’t join another church, there is only one body. We cannot find another Holy Spirit. There is only one Spirit, and we have all been called into one hope.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:4-6
The awesome news in our impossibility to escape one another is that we are destined to oneness, through beholding the glory and love that Christ had from before time. We have been joined into a family that is bound together in the glory of God’s love.
Fall Feasts Update – We enter the Feasts this Friday evening, and in preparation, we will have a review of all seven Feasts fulfilled in Jesus Christ this Wednesday. For more information on the Fall Feasts, click here.