Today I will be writing about Unity in Ephesians 4:1 - 16 for our Bible Study. I have been reading a book called The Secrets of Intercessory Prayer by Jack Hayford and it brought my attention to Ephesians 4:25 - 32, but as I was reading Ephesians 4:1-16 I was drawn to the word Unity in these verses. I would love for you to read the verses down below and then I will share a little of what I have been reading with all of you.
First for the definition of unity. I searched google and found several defintioins. Very interesting.
1. the state of being united or joined as a whole
These are just a couple of the definitions, but I think they really describe the meaning of the word.
My Bible (New Spirit Filled Bible) gives some additional information on the word unity.
It says that unity comes from the Greek word henote. Hen is the neuter of a word heis, meaning the word "one" 1*
Paul is telling us in these verses to keep the "unity of Spirit" and to come to the "unity of faith" He is telling us in these verses that the Holy Spirit is the source of unity. Paul is also telling us in verses 4-6 that in the church of Jesus there is only one body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one Father and God of all. That God is above all, through all, and in all.
That's a pretty big deal. So as we receive the Holy Spirit it not only brings us together with Christ and God, it also joins us with the body. There is unity, a joining with the whole through the Spirit.
The Spirit is who helps us overcome our proclavity self-centeredness, independance, and self-serving. He draws us together with other believers and creates the miracle of oneness Jesus prayed for in John 17. 1*
I am so happy that you joined me today.
Have a Blessed week.
1. New Spirit Filled Life Bible - Jack Hayford