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 4:3-6
This is a time to focus on what unites us, not what divides us, and when we are spread out all over the world, these are the things we share in common.
This is really pretty simple…
If someone is part of the body of Christ, well … there is only one body. If someone believes the Holy Spirit is real and a part of God, well … there is only one Holy Spirit. If someone has hope fixed in Christ and what He accomplished on the cross, well … there is only one hope. If someone believes in Jesus, well … there is only one Jesus, and He is Lord. If anyone holds to their faith in Christ, well … there is only one faith. If anyone has been baptized into Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, well … there is only one baptism (doesn’t matter if you were dunked, sprinkled, splashed or spin-dried, there’s still only one baptism). And if anyone believes in God — doesn’t matter what they call Him — well … there is only one God. And that’s that.
That pretty much connects us with each other all over the world. How fantastic is that? No religions; no denominations; no creeds; no checklist.
It’s important to realize, we’re not talking about doctrinal issues here. These are not articles of theological agreement. It’s not a creed. It’s an experiential list. It’s not that are to lay hold of these things; they have laid hold of us, and we are all experiencing the same life — it’s life in Christ. Christ in you and me … the hope of glory.
That’s why Paul told us to “keep” the unity of the Spirit, not to create it, or manufacture it, or organize it, or publish it in a book. Unity is what we already have because we have the same faith in the same Lord. The Spirit is already there; we only need to maintain the unity. Go back to it, if you forget. One standard definition of “keep” is to “keep in good working order, checking and repairing it regularly.” That’s what you do with unity. You refer back to it; you remind each other about it; and if the unity breaks down, there’s nothing wrong with the unity, you just forgot to keep it.
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