Live worthy of the calling.
Published August 11th, 2017
The Unity of the Local Church Christians must seek to walk in a manner worthy of their calling. That is a non-optional part of discipleship. Paul urges all believers to make this effort not to be saved, but as a response to being saved by the mercies of God. The first place to show the practical outworking of a regenerated heart is not the nuclear family or the mission field, but rather the local church. Paul calls Christians to be eager to maintain "the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (v3) and grounds this call in the nature of God. God is unified in the Trinity. Paul alludes to all three members of the Godhead in this passage: the Spirit (v4b), the Lord [Jesus] (v5a), and the Father (v5C). God is unifed in his very nature and gives one calling to one faith. Christians should be willing to fight - not so much about programs, worship styles, or buildings - because staying together in the midst of life can be challenging but God is most glorified by a united local church. I encourage you to remain humble and patience, bear with one another, but above all be eager to maintain the unity of the body for the sake of Christ.
Main point summary
Christians who are seeking to walk in a manner worthy of their election must be eager to maintain the unity of the local church, just as our God is unified in the Trinity.
I therefore, m a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to n walk in a manner worthy of o the calling to which you have been called,
with all p humility
and q gentleness,
with r patience,
s bearing with one another in love,
eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in t the bond of peace.
There is u one body
and v one Spirit—just as you were called to the one w hope that belongs to your call—
x one Lord,
y one faith,
z one baptism,
a one God and Father of all, b who is over all and through all and in all.