Summary: One in Christ

Ephesians 4:4-12

August 1, 2012

Last time we saw how God is glorified in the church by Christ Jesus and, so, God commands us to walk “worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,” “endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (4:1, 3).

Because we are saved we live a certain way. We are lowly and meek and longsuffering and forbearing because of what God has already done. We have a bond of peace with Him in Christ Jesus, and thus, a bond of peace with each other:

We are one (:4-6)

4There is one body,

All Christians are united. When we’re told to weep with those who weep (Rom. 12:15) or to remember those who are in affliction as though we were in affliction (Heb. 13:3), it’s because of this truth. It’s not just that we empathize (even the lost can do that); we’re one body and we rejoice and mourn together.

and one Spirit,

If we have life it’s because of this one Spirit. The power of my life is the same power of yours. Think of Philemon verse 16: Paul tells Philemon to receive Onesimus not as a servant but as a beloved brother. All their differences didn’t make a bit of difference (they were of the same body).

even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

We are all going to one place!

5One Lord,

If we’re all under one Lord who calls us each friends and children, then we don’t lord anything over anyone. Also, “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand” (Rom. 14:4).

one faith,

Jesus Christ is the author and object of our faith. There is nothing and no one else.

Also, we have one source of doctrine and only one true set of doctrines.

one baptism,

Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ. We’re all baptized into the same Jesus Christ—buried with Him and raised with Him!

6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

There is no other God. Our special relationship with Him is shared with all believers. We are all His children and He is in us.

Go over to John 17:

20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 25O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

We are one Body, so we walk “with all lowliness and meekness, and longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.”

Our example and power is Christ (:7-16)

7But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Compare this to I Corinthians 12:4-27:

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14For the body is not one member, but many. 15If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 23And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked. 25That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 27Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

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