En­deav­or­ing To Keep The Unity Of The Spirit

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - DEVO­TION BY RANDY MOLL. SCRIP­TURE QUO­TA­TIONS ARE FROM THE KING JAMES VER­SION OF THE BI­BLE. Randy Moll

“…en­deav­or­ing to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” — Eph­e­sians 4:3

(Read v. 1-16)

“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” (v. 4-6).

There is only one body of Christ, one Church — the com­mu­nion of saints — made up of all who trust in Christ Je­sus as Sav­ior. There is only one Sav­ior, one Lord, one faith, one bap­tism and one God and Fa­ther of all who dwells in the hearts of His chil­dren by the Spirit.

It is the Spirit of God, work­ing might­ily through the Word of God and the sacra­ments of Bap­tism and the Lord’s Sup­per, who brings us to faith in Christ Je­sus and keeps us in that faith. He brings us into the fam­ily of God and unites us with Christ our Sav­ior. Thus, when we have faith in Christ Je­sus and are bap­tized in His name, we are united to Him and are one with all other true be­liev­ers in Christ (cf. Gal. 3:26-27; Eph. 2:11ff.; 1 John 1:3ff.).

This one­ness, this unity, is of the Spirit. We do not cre­ate the unity; the Spirit does, through the Word. Through the hear­ing of God’s Word, He brings us to faith in Christ Je­sus and keeps us trust­ing in our Sav­ior. The way, then, to keep and pre­serve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace is to con­tinue in the faith created in us by the mighty work­ing of the Holy Spirit. If we are one with Christ Je­sus and mem­bers of His body, the Church, we will also be united with all other true be­liev­ers of all time.

And, such unity does not oc­cur through church merg­ers and co­op­er­a­tive ef­forts; it oc­curs where the Spirit brings peo­ple to faith in Christ and keeps them in that faith through the Word of God and the sacra­ments of Bap­tism and the Lord’s Sup­per.

We en­deavor to live in this Spirit-created unity by con­tin­u­ing in and holding fast to the Word of God and par­tak­ing of the bless­ings of­fered and given to us through Bap­tism and the Lord’s Sup­per. We are long-suf­fer­ing, en­dur­ing one an­other’s sins and short­com­ings with all pa­tience, for­giv­ing our fel­low be­liev­ers as Christ has for­given us (cf. Eph. 4:32).

We con­sider and re­mem­ber that Christ is our Redeemer and that He has brought each and ev­ery one of us to faith. There­fore, we en­cour­age each other to con­tinue in that unity by en­cour­ag­ing each other to con­tinue in the Word and hold fast to Christ Je­sus, our Head.

O gra­cious Fa­ther, we thank You for bring­ing us into Your fam­ily and Church — for giv­ing us unity with all other be­liev­ers through Spirit-wrought faith in Christ Je­sus. Grant that we con­tinue in that unity in Christ and move us to dwell within it in pa­tience and in the bond of peace with our brethren. Amen.

We do not cre­ate the unity; the Spirit does, through the Word. Through the hear­ing of God’s Word, He brings us to faith in Christ Je­sus and keeps us trust­ing in our Sav­ior. The way, then, to keep and pre­serve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace is to con­tinue in the faith created in us by the mighty work­ing of the Holy Spirit. If we are one with Christ Je­sus and mem­bers of His body, the Church, we will also be united with all

other true be­liev­ers of all time.

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