Unity. We know that God is building us together for His own dwelling place. We know that unity is essential to standing against the enemy of our faith.
But unity is so
hard. Who of us has not been in a church situation where unity was
the last thing on anyone's mind?
Is unity possible? Paul gives us a
great example of unity in our passage today. Some of the Ephesian
Christians had been Gentiles, far from God. They were like foreigners
to the things of God. Some of the Ephesian Christians were Jews,
steeped in Old Testament worship. Through the enabling power of God,
these two groups of people who were so different were brought
together by the blood of Christ.
What about us today? How do you
feel when someone of a different ethnic background than yourself
comes to worship with you? How are you in communion with Christians
from cultures other than your own?
Paul speaks of of the Jew and
Gentile Christians as both being part of God's household. They were
family. And we are family with each and every Christian, regardless
of culture, race, or anything else. Together we are being built as a
dwelling place for God.
Unity is important! As you
encounter Christians in the future, think of this passage in
Ephesians. Lay hold of the peace, Jesus Christ Himself. Focus on
being built together to become the dwelling in which God lives by His
Spirit. It was Jesus' prayer in John 17. God will enable it to
Now that is good news!
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Edwards is an associate professor of Christian education at
Dallas Theological Seminary. She brings over thirty years of
experience to the classroom as a Bible teacher, curriculum writer,
and overseer of several women's ministries. She is the author or
co-author of several books. She has a D.Min. From Gordon-Conwell
theological Seminary and a master's in Bible from Dallas Theological
Seminary. She and her husband have been married for forty years, have
two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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