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					                     Lord’s Day Morning Service November 16, 2008
                             Title: “The Unity Of The Spirit”
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Bible Reading: Ephesians 4:1-32

Title: “The Unity of the Spirit.” –vs. 3

This morning’s theme is unity of the Spirit.

The word “unity” is found three times in the bible.

Twice in our bible reading this morning: verses 3 and 13

Also the word unity is found in – Psalm 133:1

“Behold, how good and how pleasant [it is] for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

It is a good thing indeed for Christians to dwell in unity as long as that unity does not
come at the cost of love and faithfulness towards the cause of Christ!

Unity - # 1775 in the Greek (henotes) - means to be one or oneness.

In verse 3 we are told to keep the unity of the Spirit (the Spirit) is in reference to the Holy
Spirit in the bond (meaning which binds together) of peace.

Then at the beginning of verse 3 we find the word – Endeavouring.

Endeavouring # 4704 – meaning: to use speed, (example) to make an effort, to be prompt
or earnest.

In the word “endeavour” we find that we must make an effort, we must act to keep the
Unity of the Spirit and the binding material or the glue is peace.

When we look we find that in order to have unity among believers it must be found in the
Holy Spirit and the glue is peace.

It appears that when there is no peace, the glue is gone, the Holy Spirit will be grieved
and when the Holy Spirit is grieved then our unity will fail.

NB: 1 Thessalonians 5: 12-14

Unity is very important to the survival of family, of church and of country.

Unity makes us strong; division is what make us weak.

As the saying goes, “united we stand and divided we fall.”

This is something that our Lord in His earthly ministry taught us.
                     Lord’s Day Morning Service November 16, 2008
                             Title: “The Unity Of The Spirit”
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Ref. – Mathew 12: 22-28

NB: - Mathew 12:25 – This is very clear and basic teaching.

United we stand, divided we fall!

In order for a fellowship of believers to stand and be effective for the cause of Christ,
they need to be united, if not it will be brought to desolation.

Desolation means to “lay waste”, to become like a desert land.

The devil is an expert at destroying people, destroying nations, destroying the testimony
of churches.

Ref. – Isaiah 14: 12-23 (pg.768)

Please note that the detonator used to make nations weak and destroy them is “pride”.

That is why the bible tells us the following:

NB: - Proverbs 16:18

“Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

Ref. – Ephesians 4:1

Paul at this time is a prisoner, imprisoned because of his faith and service in Christ.

But we see no bitterness from him, only acknowledging that he was a prisoner of the
Lord.

Paul was totally submitted to the Lord Jesus Christ, if the Lord wanted Paul out of prison
he would be out of prison, for the Lord had released him from prison before.

Ref. – Acts 16: 19-31

We see the Lord doing the same for Peter in Acts 12: 1-17

In Ephesians 4 Paul acknowledges that it was the Lord’s will for him to be where he was
and was not ashamed of it.

So from that state of being a prisoner Paul writes to the believers of Christ, concerning
their Christian walk.
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Beseech # 3870 – “invite, invoke, entreat – to beg for earnestly” – Paul while in prison
could not be with them physically, he could only use words and in those words he is
begging most earnestly that the believers both then and now would walk worthy as
believers in Christ.

In a way Paul was speaking to them in a still small voice. In a way that God speaks to us.

We find an example of this in - 1 Kings 19: 9-13

Ref. – Isaiah 30: 19-21

The Lord instructs His people and very often in a still small voice.

God is not over bearing, He says; “this is the way walk ye in it”. It’s up to you to heed
the word of God.

You can refuse to obey and many do, but the results will eventually be disastrous, or you
can obey and find yourself and those around you in the centre of blessing.

Our Lord and Saviour taught us this principle.

Ref. – Mathew 7: 21-27

How are you building your life personally?

How are you building your family life?

How are you contributing to the cause of Christ?

Are you using good or faulty building techniques?

Are you heading for disaster or great blessing?

It’s all up to you, what will you do with the word of the Lord?

Paul is beseeching the believers both then and now to walk worthy of our title as
Christian.

NB: - Ephesians 4:2

Paul gives us the tools on how to walk worthy as Christians.

Here we find a list of four tools that we need to use if we are to walk worthy as Christians
and preserve the unity of the Spirit.
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   1.   Lowliness
   2.   Meekness.
   3.   Longsuffering.
   4.   Forbearing one another in love.

The word “lowliness” is found twice in the bible, both in the New Testament.

Besides found in our bible reading this morning it is also found in Philippians 2:3

Lowliness # 5012 – “humbleness of mind.” We should not think of ourselves as superior
or greater then my fellow brother or sister in Christ, we are all sinners saved by grace.

The same blood that was shed for me was shed for you. We are brothers and sisters in
Christ.

Humbleness of mind is opposite to being proud.

If you are to continue in that proud and arrogant attitude, then you are heading for a
personal disaster and some serious lessons from God in humility.

Rest assured God could make you humble.

Rest assured God has the ways to humble you. God’s word teaches that.

NB. – Luke 14: 7-11 & Luke 18: 9-14

In Philippians 2:3 where we find the second example of the word lowliness we are taught
to esteem others better then ourselves.

Esteem means – “To have a high opinion of, look upon with appreciation or respect,
value greatly.”

Do you appreciate or respect your fellow brother or sister in Christ?

Do you greatly value your brother or sister in Christ?

We need to do these things if we are to walk worthy of our calling as Christians.

Next we have meekness.

Meekness is that excellent disposition of soul that makes us unwilling to provoke others
and is not easily provoked or offended by the infirmities of others. It is opposed to angry
resentment and peevishness.

Peevishness means – “irritable or querulous, fretful, cross,”
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A believer who is not meek is one that will readily provoke others to anger and in return
is one that is easily provoked or offended.

Do you like to provoke others to anger?

Are you easily provoked or offended?

Somebody says something to you, or does something to you that you don’t think is right
and the first thing you do is get offended?

In that case you are not meek. You are not walking worthy of your calling in Christ.

You are going to be easily tripped up and you are in danger of tripping up those around
you, perhaps your family.

Ask God to help you in this matter.

The third tool Paul gives us is.

Longsuffering: - This word implies a patent bearing of injuries without seeking revenge.

As a believer you will come across other believers that will injury you in some fashion.

It may really hurt.

It could be an unkind word. Or it could be a situation where you are ostracized from their
company. Sad to say but these are some of the most common situations you may find in
a group of believers.

Nevertheless something was done to you that hurt you.

Longsuffering will bear those injuries without seeking revenge.

If you cannot bear those injuries and seek to run away from that situation, rest assured
that wherever you run too, the devil will make sure in the process of time to stir up a
similar situation to cause you to be on the move again and again. Your lack of
longsuffering will make you a victim time and time again!

If you are seeking revenge then you are not being longsuffering, you are not walking
worthy of your calling as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Leave the vengeance up to God.

Let the Lord deal with that person who has done you wrong, rest assured if you practice
Longsuffering the Lord will deal with that person in due time.
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Ref. – Romans 12: 14-21

Ref. – 1 Peter 2: 20-23

The forth and final tool Paul gives us in verse 2 – Ephesians 4 of our bible reading is.

Forbearing one another in love.

As believers we need to bear each other’s infirmities out of a principle of love. We are
not the cease to love them because of their infirmities.

Even the best believer has his or her faults.

Any one of us as believers can display a bad character and any one of us as believers can
say the wrong thing or do the wrong thing.

Any one of us can forget to do something or say something with out thought or merit.

We are still in our fallen flesh; we are still prone to falter.

We need each other’s love and forgiveness as well as love and forgive.

If we are not forbearing one another in love, we are not walking worthy of our calling as
Christians, we are not living peaceable!

If we do not love one another we are disobeying our Lord’s Command, which is to love
one another.

NB: John 13:34

“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you,
that ye also love one another.”

If we do not have love then this will affect our answer to prayer and it will affect our
service for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Ref. - 1 John 3: 20-24

By applying these principles in our Christian walk then we bring to fruition what’s taught
in verse three from which we get our title this morning.

As mentioned earlier the devil knows how to divide and concur.

He is always in the business to destroy our testimony personally and corporately as a
group of believers.
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                            Title: “The Unity Of The Spirit”
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He will seek in all his power to prevent us from being the people we ought to be as
outlined in verse 2.

In closing – Ref. – Ephesians 4: 26-32


To God be all the praise and Glory – Amen!

*********** Add the increase oh Lord Jesus Christ I pray. ******

				
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