Strive to Maintain Unity | Ephesians 4:1-6
As a consequence of God’s great plan of salvation and the believer’s new identity in Christ (Ch. 1-3), Paul begins a series of admonitions for the readers (Ch. 4-6). In our text he appeals to them to maintain the unity that Christ secured on the cross. This unity is an essential and natural by-product of the common faith they confess, but it must also be maintained through developing the various virtues associated with selfless love. What is clear is that a church that displays the glory of God is a church that works very hard to maintain the unity that God has created. Given that we all have a propensity to walk according to the flesh and not according to the Spirit we must conscientiously work toward maintaining the unity Christ has established.
- Be united in calling (v. 1)
- Be united in conduct (v. 2)
- Be united in confession (vv. 4-6)
- Be united in conscientiousness (v. 3)