The Ground of Unity
We have said that the first three chapters of Ephesians dealt with the wealth of the believer. They were doctrinal chapters. The second half of Ephesians deals with the walk of the believer- They are practical chapters. Chapters 1-3 deal with doctrine. Chapters 4-6 deal with practice.
In chapter 4 of this epistle Paul- deals extensively with the call to unity among believers. One or the major problems that plagued the early church was a problem of disunity. Among some of the early Christian churches there was evidently a great deal of strife and contention.
Paul the apostle worked diligently and wrote extensively to try to unify these Christian people. He chewed out the people of Corinth royally for their childish fighting and bickering.
Read I Corinthians 3:1-3
In I Corinthians 1:10 Paul said
''Finally I beseech you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing; and that there be no divisions among you; and that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and the same judgement.''
II Cor. 13:11 he said, ''Finally brethren, farewell, be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace and the God of love and peace shall be with you.''
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Ph. 1:27 Paul said, Let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: That whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one Spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.''
Peter 3:8 Peter said, ''Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another; love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.''
John 10:16 Jesus prayed ''that they all might be one, as thou Father ...
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