“By The Spirit”, Class 4, “Unity in the Spirit”, Thames Valley churches of Christ, Malcolm Cox

“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3 NIV11) 1. Pre-Jesus Phase 1, Oneness Enjoyed: Genesis 1.26; 2.25 Phase 2, Oneness Destroyed: Genesis 11 Phase 3, Oneness Misemployed 2. Jesus Love,…

"By The Spirit", Class 4, "Unity in the Spirit", Thames Valley churches of Christ, Malcolm Cox

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Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3 NIV11)

1. Pre-Jesus
Phase 1, Oneness Enjoyed: Genesis 1.26; 2.25
Phase 2, Oneness Destroyed: Genesis 11
Phase 3, Oneness Misemployed

2. Jesus
Love, John 13.34-35
Oneness, John 17, John 14.17, 23

3. Early Church
Acts 8.14, 11.2, 15.1-2ff

4. Ephesians
References to unity/oneness
Eph. 1:10; 2:14–16, 18; 3:6; 4:4-6, 13; 5:31

References to the Spirit
Eph. 1:13, 17; 2:18, 22; 3:5, 16; 4:3–4, 30; 5:18–19; 6:17–18

References to one another / each other / together
Eph. 2:21–22; 3:6; 4:2, 32; 5:19, 21

Conclusion
The unity of the Spirit
Initiated
Relational
Strength
Action

“until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13 NIV11)

What do each of these points mean for you and your ‘group’?
How will you adjust the way you live to maintain the unity of the Spirit?

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

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