June 23, 2019

on Sunday 23, June 2019

The book of Ephesians is all about unity. The Apostle Paul spent a good deal of his ministry with Gentile churches. The fact that Gentiles were being saved and embracing Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, was difficult for the Jews to accept. Bridging the gap between Jewish believers and Gentile believers was a major emphasis of Paul's ministry. “To bring all thing in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.” (Eph. 1:10)

Division is the devils tool. He began in the garden of Eden by bringing division between God and the man he created, and he continues today with the same lies. Divide and conquer! His work of division is clearly seen in families, between and within nations, and even in the church. The church should be the one place where love and unity excel and where conflicts are healed. And yet, competition, comparison, and criticism within the body of Christ too often reign.

Even though the New Testament church struggled for unity in the beginning, the 21st century church must learn this most valuable of lessons. We are all God's children, uniquely designed to reflect every facet and characteristic of our Father God. We belong in ONE family, from ONE Father, and  with ONE assignment; to demonstrate to the world through our love for one another the doorway into the Kingdom of Heaven.