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There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. ~ Ephesians 4:4-7, ESV
There are seven unities that all believers in the Body of Christ share. As members of ONE Body of Believers, we all have Father God’s ONE Spirit. Then too, our ONE Father calls us to ONE Hope through ONE Faith in ONE Lord and ONE Baptism. These seven unties bind us—all believers in Christ—to one another. These seven unities also perfect us—they spiritually complete believers who are true Christ followers.
Now even though we all do not have the same function—we are not all pastors—our Lord’s true Body has no divisions. In other words, it is because of God’s seven Unities that we all should be preaching and teaching the same Divine Truths. According to the unadulterated Word of God, it is by His ONE Spirit that we all make up Christ’s ONE Body. It also is by His ONE Spirit that we all have the same Commission our ONE Lord (ONE Master) first gives to His initial Disciples.
The bottom line is that we all possess equal status in the Kingdom of God—we born again and saved Christ followers are Kingdom of God Citizens. Most important is the fact that—as Kingdom of God Citizens—our equal status is independent of our measure of faith. Our equal status also is independent of our spiritual callings. In Christ our function(s), our level of spirituality, our years of formal training, our years in His Vineyard, our years in a local church, or our chronological age neither makes any of us more important nor less influential than someone else in the Kingdom of God. The point here is that—regardless if we are first-century or twenty-first century believers in Christ—the unity that Christ’s finished Work on the Cross makes possible for His Body to have is more important to God than our diversities. Unfortunately, we neither seek nor welcome the unity God wants to see in the Body of Christ—the unity that is the Godhead kind of Oneness.
God does not want us to have any divisions. This truth is why He is not pleased with our different ideologies, theologies and denominations. He sees how they divide us into opposing groups of disciples. He sees how our friendly-fire skirmishes deny the Oneness that His indivisible Unities give us. This truth is why we—Christ’s Disciples—need to seek and receive the Oneness that God desires to see in Christ’s ONE Body. Shalom.
~ from my soon-to-be-published manuscript – Keeping It Real: Daily Renewing the Mind