TRUTH: Unity for the Called, but We are Different.

In the post TRUTH: Unity for the Called, a call for unity among believers whether Jews or Gentiles was made by Paul for “God’s intent [was make us unified] – so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. (Eph. 3:10). After establishing that position, Paul goes on to emphasize the TRUTH: Unity for the Called, but We are Different. While we are to be unified, God gives gifts of varying degrees and kinds to make known the manifold wisdom of God through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.

Let’s see this in Ephesians 4

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.Therefore it says,

When He ascended on high,
He led captive a host of captives,
And He gave gifts to men.”

The reality is that we are one body i.e. unity, but we are different. Another way to say that is TRUTH: Unity for the Called, but We are Different. Unity but different has been made over and over.

Romans 12:4 – For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,

1 Corinthians 6:15 – Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be!

Ephesians 2:19 – So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,

Ephesians 3:6 – to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,

Ephesians 4:25 – Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each oneof youwith his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

The notion of being one but being different is captured in the gifts that God has given

1 Corinthians 12:4 – Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.
Ephesians 4:8 – Therefore it says, “When He ascended on highHe led captive a host of captivesAnd He gave gifts to men.”
Hebrews 2:4  – God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.
TRUTH: Unity for the Called, but We are Different. Despite having these different gifts, Paul’s point is that we must stand unified because the point of our gifts is to accomplish the work of God with those gifts. What is the work of God – Jesus answers that for us in John 6:29 – Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”  When we believe or have faith in Christ, who is the gift of God the enables the Holy Spirit to give other gifts, we fulfill God’s purpose to make known the manifold wisdom of God to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.
TRUTH: Unity for the Called, but We are Different. Our differences must not be over emphasized. Certainly, we must not become prideful because we have a certain gift as all gifts are just that – a gift. Paul tells us that Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” None of us should boast. What we have that is good is a gift. We are different because God wanted to use our difference for His kingdom and His glory not ours. 

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