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Unity With Each Other And With Christ . . .

Unity With Each Other And With Christ . . .

       . . . Ephesians 1:15-23

 

"For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God's people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you . . .." Ephesians 1:15-18a (NIV)

 

"It's a jungle out there," the old saying goes.  The world was divided during Paul's time . . . Jew and Gentile, kingdom and kingdom, rich and poor . . . and we have the same divisions today. 

 

But it's a jungle in here, also.  Inside each of us.  Naturally, we are born in sin and lean more toward bad than good.  Outside there is war and inside there is war.

 

Paul is stressing to these early Christians that the only power to fix either of those is found in the unifying power of Christ.

 

"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe . . .."

 

God calls us, not because we can do the job, but instead He calls us to show others what He can do through willing misfits and outcasts like us.

 

Paul prays that "the eyes of your heart," the down-deep inside part of us, gain wisdom of our calling, knowledge that we are "joint-heirs with Christ" (see Romans 8), and that the power He offers is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead.

 

It should spark action on our part, action born of a living hope that, not only do we inherit what was purchased through Calvary, but that Christ inherits us and delights in us, as we are the bride, given to Him by His Father.

 

Christ is the head.  We are the body.  The Father and Son have worked in unity so that all the world will one day be set right.  Now we the Church must be active in love as the device Christ uses to unify people and to draw others to God.  Paul says we do that by loving God and by loving people, something that will be evident if we are serving both.

 

"And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way." Ephesians 1:22-23 (NIV)

 

Next Week:  Ephesians 2:1-10 "Psssst. God, Rich In Mercy, Has Something He Wants You To Do . . .."

 

  Teddy Allen

 

Louisiana Sports Writer of the Year Award--2019; Sports Announcer; Bible Teacher

Writer/Editor Specialist, University Communications--Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana

 

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