Discovering Your Identity in Christ – A Study in Ephesians – Part 14

Walk in Unity

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“4 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..”  Ephesians 4:1-16 NIV

In chapters 1-3, we’ve heard the story of redemption and the prayer of Paul, chapters 4-6 contain more instructions on Christian living and how they should conduct themselves in the world.

Paul begins giving the instructions to the church.  When we are free from a works-based religion, we can now walk in unity.  Here are three things we observe from the first passages of Ephesians 4.  When we are free from a works based faith, we should understand that we maintain:

  1. 1. Proper humility – verse 2. 

This is when we recognize that we are free from a works-oriented religion.  God blesses us because of His great loving-kindness, generosity, and mercy.

  1. 2. Patience and love – verse 2

When we begin to realize how patient God has been with us, we can be more patient with each other.  After all, would you put up with you?

  1. 3. Unity of spirit – verse 3

Understanding God’s grace, we recognize there is no room for division and comparison in God’s house.  There’s one body, one Lord, one faith, one baptism.  We are to walk in unity.

Lord increase my heart and passion for You.  Help me to grow in humility, patience, love, and unity of spirit with Your people.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. 

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