(text based on Ephesians and Colossians)
“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling,” Ephesians 4, KJV.
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope at your calling,” Ephesians 4, CSB.
Focus on the oneness of all believers in the Spirit. There is one body, the body of Christ. In this body we are to live unified in the Spirit. In the body of Christ there is no division. This is why we must keep in line with the will of God. In the Christian Church there are no barriers of nationality, race, education, social standing, wealth, religion, or power in Christ’s Church. You have been raised with Christ, so seek those things which are above, where Christ is seated on the right hand of God. Set your affection [liking, things you care for, respect] on things above, not on things on the earth,” Colossians 3:1-2.
The body of Christ (church) is not to be divided.
There should be no division in your home or your family. You have to work at being one. Unity does not just happen, we have to work at it. The focus of the believer should be what unites us, not what divides us.
Let’s look at the unity of the Spirit in the Body of Christ. This is what we are to be made of as the church.
The Body (the church) – the Fellowship of Believers
The Spirit (God’s Spirit) who activates the Fellowship.
Hope (the glorious future to which we are all called.
The Lord (Jesus Christ) to whom we all belong
Faith – our singular faith (referring to just one), i.e., the commitment we have to Christ
Baptism (the outward sign of entry into the body of Christ, the church)
God (our Heavenly Father), the Creator of all things who keeps us for eternity.
Paul shows us the areas where Christians must agree to attain true unity. When believers have this unity of the Spirit, petty differences will never be allowed to break up, split, disband, or dis-establish the unity of the Church/Spirit.
Let’s go back to
“In Him (Christ) is the fullness of the Godhead or God’s nature. And you are complete/filled in Him, not missing anything for Christ is the head,” Colossians 2:9-10.
In Christ, your moral and ethical behavior has changed. This is regarding the old man [old nature] to your new man [new nature].
Look at what the Man of God is saying: I am a prisoner of the Lord. Physically, when Paul was writing to the church at Ephesus, he was in prison—but in the Spirit he was imprisoned in Christ.
When a person is imprisoned to Christ you are no longer free to come and go as you please. Paul is saying I will abide in Christ in such a way as to have my coming and my going directed only by God. Are you in prison to this world, or imprisoned to God?
This is why he urges us to live life worthy of our vocation [our calling]. When Jesus Christ saved us, He didn’t just save us for heaven. He saved us to live for Him, to do the work of the Kingdom of God in His name. We are the elect of God not the elected of man.
This is why when we walk worthy of our calling, we do it with all humility and meekness, gentleness, long-suffering, and patience—bearing with one another in love, and making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. This is why there is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope of your calling.