“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Paul was writing this letter to a big city local church made up of Jews, Greeks, Romans, Barbarians, Assyrians, Babylonians and perhaps a few more cultures. Yet Paul was penning truths that come directly from the passage we studied yesterday in John 17. They bring home a very practical implication; look closely at verse 3. Notice that Paul DOESN’T say “try to unify the Body of Christ.” NO! That unity already exists. What does the verse implore? (read it in several versions!)
How do we practically do that?
When “disunity” appears in the Body of Christ, what could you also expect to find in the mix?
What should reunify the Body of Christ in this case, and what will the results be?
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.