Love in the Word Church

Ephesians 4:1-16

If justification makes us clean to receive grace and the Holy Spirit, then sanctification is the process by which we learn to be faithful through work or deeds, Paul says that when we confessed Christ, we were given a calling from Jesus - to live worthy of our calling in Christ Jesus. That is the bottom line, but Paul then tells us practically what that should mean. We are to live humble, gentle, patient, and bearing with each other in love. We are to seek unity and that means to become perfect like our Trinity. This unity is the reward or prize for faithful "faith". This unity is more than a concept of oneness with God. It means oneness in body (temple), faith, the Lord, baptism, hope, one Spirit, and one God and Father who is in all (via the Holy Spirit), above all, and through all. How do we do this? Paul says we do through the bond of peace. So those Christians that seek to exclude others who also confess Christ because they do not agree on doctrine, are NOT being faithful to the calling they received upon confession of that faith. In order to assist us, God created a system of authority to keep us free from the wiles of Satan. He gave us apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers! For what purpose? "To equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up". Works are inextricable connected to glorification and therefore salvation, so a concept that is not connected to works after justification is heresy! The entire process of building the Church is done by love. It is the glue that holds the body together. Paul's doctrine was authorized by the Church pillars in Jerusalem, so the authority of God is verified. We live in a day of spiritual complacency and if that was not enough, there are too many who want a Church that is exclusively like them and this is expressively against the Word of God found in Ephesians 4:1-16, at least! Let us focus more on the calling to which we were called in Christ Jesus. Praise Him