Jesus prayed for unity just before His betrayal. He asked the Father to make all Christians one, just as He and the Father are one, in order to show the world that He was sent by the Father. The kind of oneness He desired was a spiritual result of salvation that would manifest in the church and to the world. God tells us, in the book of Ephesians, to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3). We are not to generate this unity, but preserve and keep it.
Following this, we are told how God uses His truth and power to effectively bring about practical unity in the church so the world would see it as the body of Christ and know that the Father sent the Son (Eph. 4:13-16). It is God answering the Lord’s prayer.
If you are a Christ follower, you are a part of that answer. God is transforming you and the rest of the church into “one new man” (Eph. 2:15). This new man is Christ to the world. It is Christ as the head and the church as the body. Your part in this body is critical to its overall health.
In the following posts, we will use Ephesians 4:15-16 to launch us into a progression of studies that focus on God’s unifying work in the body by using the metaphor of gravity. The first five will look at the subject from a high perspective, laying a foundation. They will focus on how the Lord unifies His body and to what purpose. The remaining posts will dive deep into the subject to help you discover your place in the body in order to be used and experience the joy of fellowship.
The Father is answering the Son’s prayer in the work He is performing in the church. You are a critical part to that answer. The life of the church and the mission of Christ depends on you and all who are in Christ. It’s time to get into position and work your ministry.