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THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT 2

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling” (Eph. 4:4 NKJV)

 

Everybody who is a child of God has a calling (Eph. 4:1).  We have been called to preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, to comfort all who mourn, to give beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning, to proclaim the liberty to the captives, to open the prison to those who are bound and the exchange of the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.  In order to walk worthy of our calling, it is paramount that we have a humble and meek spirit, which will enable us perform our calling with all lowliness and gentleness (Eph. 4:2).  To achieve this, we cannot but activate the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16).

 

To whom much is given, much is expected (Luke 12:48).  God created us to be super human beings (Isa. 41:23) and children of the Most High.  We are not mere men (Ps. 82:6-7).  Everything we have received is from God (1 Cor. 4:7) to be used for the extension and expansion of the Kingdom of God in this physical realm.  With this understanding, based on the knowledge of what Jesus did, we must remain humble at all times.  Our life is defined based on the word of God.

 

The word of God is expected to heal the broken hearted, give peace and deliver the captives.  There is a place for care and a place for love.  If we must help, it must be from the point of knowledge to fulfill the purpose of the King in the Kingdom and not from the point of feelings (Matt. 15: 21-28).  Love is funded and generated by the spirit of God.  True love is spiritual.  It is meant to help and bless us.  To take us from a negative position to a positive position in line with what God wants for us (Matt. 19:17-21). The fruit of the spirit is love.

 

Another fruit of the spirit that will enable us to walk worthy of our calling is long-suffering and endurance (Eph. 4:2).  We must be ready and willing to submit to the word of God and allow the word to transform us.  Not only must we endure hardship like a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 2:3), we must also be ready to combine patience with faith in order to inherit the promise (Heb. 6:12).  And having done all, we are instructed to stand/wait, still focused on the word of God (Eph. 6:13).

 

We must not only get wisdom, but we must also get understanding (Prov. 4:5 &7), so that the unity that Christ died for can become a reality in the church.  Finally, we must not only submit ourselves but we must also have a strong desire for the word of God to be that person for God to use (Col. 3:12-15).  It is only the word of God, propelled by the spirit of God that can provide this fruit.

 

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