Unity in the Spirit :: A commentary on Ephesians 4.1-16

Ephesians 4.1-16

Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus is widely understood as a letter that was circulated to many churches as a general set of structures and thoughts about what things should look like in the faith community. I believe Ephesians to be the church structure letter, filled with why we exist as a church, how to act as the church and what ministries are most important in the church.
In the heart of the letter (4.1-16) Paul calls the church to a unity, not because of affinity, because of the Spirit. This unity calls us to live humbly with each other, being gentle and patient, and dealing in love with one another. We are drawn together because there is a God who is unified in three parts, because our faith rests in Christ alone, and our baptism is into one Kingdom. We are all citizens of this Kingdom and we are called to live in such a way that when people see us they know there is something different. It is in this uncommon unity that we hold, dressed in a love that can only come from the source of love, Jesus.
Jesus came that we might experience a type of unity that he experiences with the Father. A unity that was broken when sin entered into the world. And this unity is fostered by the five fold ministry of the church: Apostleship, Prophetic, Evangelistic, Pastoral and Didactic. These ministries build us up as a body, and equip us for our work in the Gospel (that work is to bring others into this incredible unity that we have together in Christ).
It is in how we love that we find peace, it is how we love that we grow as a community both in number and maturity, and it is how we love that we are joined together and grow as one body, unified in the spirit of peace.

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