You will remember from yesterday that my second point on the foundation of unity was the authority, power and supply of the Holy Spirit. It is no wonder that Paul insists that we be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). He follows this by declaring there is “one body and one Spirit…one hope…one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all” (4:4).
The oneness in the Godhead and every truth and every principle that flows from them must be part of our foundation for unity. Without the Holy Spirit, this unity cannot be maintained or experienced. After spending three chapters of personal and intimate teaching to His disciples, mainly about the role of the Holy Spirit, Jesus gives us a window into His heart in prayer to the Father.
Jesus prays “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one” (John 17:21–22). Our standard of unity is what is known between the Father and the Son.
Human agreement or man-made unity will never rise to the level ordained by the Holy Spirit. If we follow Paul’s injunction to “be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit,” we must accept and submit to His authority in and between us. He will then take the Word of God and apply it to our lives for our obedience. Through this process we will prove His power in His unity in the Church.
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