A Passion for God: Unity of the Spirit
One of the greatest tragedies of the century in the church has been has been the divisions that have remained among us. A great strategy for warfare is to divide and conquer. If it is possible to take the enemies troops and cause them to concentrate on several fronts at one time, it is possible to defeat them.
So likewise that has been the strategy that the enemy of our souls has used against the church of Jesus Christ. If we are really truly seeking revival, it will not come to just one group. It will come through His body, the church.
But it is important that you and I really learn to grow, to grow to the level that we recognize, that His body is not our church but His body is the church.
It is time quite allowing our hair splitting differences to divide us. Jesus did not die for our doctrinal difference. He died for our sins.
* Jesus did not institute Pentecostalism by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
* He did not institute the Baptist church by being baptized in the river Jordan.
* He did not institute the Catholic Church by giving papal authority to Peter.
* He instituted His church.
If we are really going to receive the fullness of the power of God in our lives, we have to lift ourselves beyond the viewpoint of sectarianism. God is God and He is the head of the body. If we are going to be filled with fullness of who He is, then our minds must be changed to His thinking. Our attitudes must respect His cause and our zeal must never override His purpose.
In verses 1-6, Paul the apostle, in Ephesians 4, talks to us about this walk of unity. He challenges us to walk worthy of the calling of which you were called. To walk in lowliness, gentleness, long suffering and bearing one another in love and to walk endeavoring to keep unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.
Let me suggest three thoughts for you.
I. He challenges us to keep the bi ...
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