UNITY OF THE SPIRIT

UNITY OF THE SPIRIT

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.
Eph.4:4-6

Everyone knows there is supposed to be unity in the church but, many times, that is far from true. Where does unity come from? How can we attain to that atmosphere that we all long for? Obviously, it takes more than just knowing that we need unity, there has to be a spiritual effect in us corporately, a common participation in order for us to experience this spiritual oneness. Charles Hodge has some great insight on this passage, here is part of what he said.

“There are many passages to which the doctrine of the Trinity gives a sacred rhythm, though the doctrine itself is not directly asserted. It is so here. There is one Spirit, one Lord, one God and Father…It is one because there is to us one God the Father, one Lord, one Spirit. It is a truly mystical union; not a mere union of opinion, of interest, or of feeling; but something supernatural arising from a common principle of life. This life is not the natural life which belongs to us as creatures; nor intellectual: which belongs to us as rational beings; but it is spiritual life, called elsewhere the life of God in the soul. And as this life is common, on the one hand, to Christ and all his members—and on the other, to Christ and God, this union of the church is not only with Christ, but with the Triune God. Therefore in Scripture it is said that the Spirit dwells in believers, that Christ dwells in them, and that God dwells in them. And, therefore, also our Lord prays for his people, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us.”

I love that, “the sacred rhythm” of the trinity. As we as individuals are filled with God, we are joined together with this spiritual rhythm with the Father and the Son. We find ourselves flowing not only with the Lord, but also with the body of Christ. He has made us drink together of His Spirit, and out of this drinking we are drawn into this heavenly dance. Can you feel the heavenly rhythm? Join into this heavenly dance today, as you do, you will find yourself being drawn out of the world and into a brand new way of life.

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