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United by the Spirit (Ephesians 4:1-6)

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Ephesians (part eight)

This most moving passage serves as a fulcrum in the book of Ephesians, bridging our prescribed beliefs with our prescribed behaviors. Obedience begins by living worthy of our high calling and maintaining our costly unity. Paul writes about the “unity of the Spirit” as a statement of fact, a foregone conclusion. Believers from diverse backgrounds—even first-century Jews and Gentiles—have been united by the Holy Spirit. That means that our job is not to create unity in the church, but to maintain it. In this installment, we learn the basis for this unity along with instructions for preserving it.

Related Topics: Ecclesiology (The Church), Pneumatology (The Holy Spirit)