Remember Who the Enemy is. The final avenue to unity we will explore in this series of posts is to remember who the enemy is. Paul states clearly that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, that is, not against humans (Ephesians 6:12). Instead it is against the spiritual forces of darkness in theContinue reading “Cooperating with God’s Purpose as per Ephesians – 12”
Living by the Spirit in the Body. Another important avenue to uniting the world in Christ as God desires is described in Ephesians 5:18-21. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with yourContinue reading “Cooperating with God’s Purpose as Per Ephesians – 11“
Beneficial Behaviors in the Body. In addition to all the matters mentioned in previous posts, there are some specific behaviors that are needed and others that must be eliminated in order to have unity in the body of Christ, as God wills (Ephesians 4:25-5:2). All these behaviors are either good or bad in and ofContinue reading “Cooperating with God’s Purpose as Per Ephesians – 10”
Focus of the Leadership We have been talking about God’s purpose of reconciling the people of the world to himself and to each other in Christ and how we can cooperate with his purpose. So far we have discussed remembering where we came from, authentic Christian love, humble and patient attitudes, making a strong effort,Continue reading “Cooperating with God’s Purpose as Per Ephesians – 9”
Emphasize Major Matters. In order to cooperate with God’s purpose of uniting humanity in Christ, we also need to emphasize the major matters of the faith that we all share in common. After the exhortation to be humble and make every effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:2-3), Paul wrote: “There isContinue reading “Cooperating with God’s Purpose as Per Ephesians – 8”
Make Every Effort. In this series of posts we’ve noticed that God’s purpose according to Ephesians is to reconcile the people of the world to himself and to each other and to do it in Christ. God calls us to cooperate with his purpose, based on all he has done for us. Some ways ofContinue reading “Cooperating with God’s Purposes as per Ephesians – 7”
Attitudes that Promote Unity. God is seeking to reconcile the people of the world to himself and to each other. He calls us to cooperate with his purpose, but we do not and cannot do this independently of him. Instead, we cooperate based on what he has done for us (see post). We are nowContinue reading “Cooperating with God’s Purpose as Per Ephesians – 6”
The specific things we do to cooperate with God’s purpose for unity are based on the things he has already done for us.
For us to have unity, we must have love–authentic, Christian love.
One important way of cooperating with God’s purpose of unifying the world is to remember where you’ve come from.