January 14, 2007: "Unity in our Oneness" Ephesians 3:14-4:6
published Jan 15, 2007 06:44
Mike Phay and Jeff Wall.
Unless you know that you are loved, you will never be able to live a life in the power of the Gospel. Unless you know your Identity, you will not be able to live it out.
Paul's prayer at the end of Ephesians 3 is a passionate plea that God would give us the necessary strength to understand that we are God's beloved -- but not because of anything that we've done. Our performance has been rendered moot by grace: We can't do anything to make God love us more; we can't do anything to make God love us less.
Realizing this is freedom: Freedom from the tyranny and bondage of our "selves." And now we can fight for God's agenda, which begins with unity -- displaying God's true nature as Father-Son-Spirit, and proclaiming by how we live what in the world God is up to.