Posts Tagged ‘Unity’

Colossians 1:24-2:5 For This I Toil

Jesus cares about EVERY member of His body and wants unity throughout.

Paul shares with this group of believers why he cares so much about them. He didn’t plant this church personally but he cares for them as if he did. He shares Jesus’ care for them.

In my bible helps I am told that Paul was concerned about false teaching that came into this church. His heart is crying out for their protection!

God called Paul to be a minister to the Gentiles and he takes this calling seriously and personally. Paul knows he can’t be everywhere for everyone but he wants to make sure that the truth is spread above all else. His imprisonment has been instrumental in calling more attention to the gospel. It is a platform he can preach from. And his best message is how he is living for Jesus under those circumstances. Read more »

Ephesians 4:1-16 The Oil of Love

Love “lubricates” Christ’s body

Paul is encouraging his readers to be one in the Lord. It takes work but it is essential to the health of Christ’s body; the Church.

Paul is calling everyone to unity. We are to be one as He is one. “There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (verses 4-6).

There is not a separate Spirit for those from different denominations. There isn’t a different God for different colors of people. There isn’t a unique hope for those of other nations. There is ONE God who called us ALL to Himself. He calls us to be one in spirit and purpose. Read more »