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Ephesians 4:3 – unity of the spirit

21-06-2018 - Posted by Andre Piet

…with patience, bearing with one another in love. endeavouring to keep the unity of the spirit with the tie of peace…

The unity of the spirit”, that is the spiritual unity that believers form together. All believers are sealed by the spirit of God, from the moment that they believe in the Evangel of their salvation (1: 13).  That’s the good message that GOD is their Saviour! It’s GOD’s spirit that forges all believers into one. Without organisation, human management or a members list. This unity cannot be made and that’s neither needed, it’s already there! It’s also therefore that Paul writes that we would keep the unity. Each try to establish an organisational unity, practically ignores the spiritual unity that is already a fact.

Paul’s appeal is that we would endeavour to keep “the unity of the spirit”. That asks for our commitment. Because particularly when we disagree or when our characters conflict, there’s the threatening danger that we let prevail our “fleshly” differences over spiritual unity. Therefore, we would do everything possible to harbour and keep the spiritual unity. To experience in súch way the mutual bond with the tie of peace!