God says through the apostle Paul, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4:3) This is an amazing verse. We are not responsible for creating unity, but we are responsible for maintaining unity that has been created by the Spirit. His unity is His work and exists only among those who are redeemed. It is called “the unity of the Spirit” because He convicts us of our sin, enlightens our understanding and grows our faith in Christ. (Jn. 16:8; Ac. 2:37; Heb. 6:4; 1 Cor. 12:13) He joins us together in one body – the church of Christ – which embraces all the redeemed. And the total number of the redeemed is known only to God: “The Lord knows those who are his.” (2 Tim. 2:19) Therefore, we must not think that our church directory is a copy of the Lamb’s book of life. God’s people are all over the world, and we have this in common : we, “are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ… you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:26-28) How do you maintain unity?
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