Unity of the faith
until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; Ephesians 4:13
Once again, the apostle Paul is talking here about the body of believers coming into agreement. It seems to be one of his greatest focuses, which implies the importance of it. In the previous verses, he is talking about the “gifts” that Jesus established in the body to equip the believers. The gifts are apostle, prophets, evangelist, pastors and teachers. These are the leaders of the church and are the ones that Jesus gave for building up and preparing all the members of the body for ministry out in the world. As Christians come into the church building each week, (or in homes as they met in Paul’s day) the leaders train and encourage them to go out into their everyday life to tell more people how to become Christians and the signs and wonders from God followed them.
Notice today’s verse starts with until. It would seem that this process would go on until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God. This doesn’t mean we have to agree about everything, just the essentials of salvation in Christ Jesus by His grace through our faith. We must learn to get along, work together and love each other. When you take a look at the divisions in the body of believers today, this almost seems impossible, but I for one believe the Holy Spirit of God can do it. I believe He is doing it right now. Believers all over the world are beginning to recognize the power of agreement and are coming together like never before.
Think about it: When you hear about Christians being persecuted around the world, you start praying for them immediately. You don’t stop to ask “are they from my denomination?” Are they catholic? Are they Baptist? Are they Presbyterian?” No, it doesn’t matter, they are Christians and they are our family. When one suffers we all suffer. This is a big deal and we need to be praying for one another no matter what church we go to. We are God’s people and His family. Most of all, we need to be focused on completing the work our Father has planned for us to complete so we all can come to the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God.
Today I want to encourage you to read this passage again and look for ways to love believers that may be in a different church than yours. Bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit of God in the bond of peace. Then begin to pray. Pray for God’s agenda to be completed through the body of believers for these last days and pray that we would all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God. Lastly, pray “even so come, Lord Jesus!”
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 4:1-13