“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:1-5)
Because there one God we have been called to unite as one believing body under the one and only God.
“What about denominations, doctrines, creeds, faith statements, faith systems, and all the other terminology we use to divide ourselves into separate entities?” you ask.
And I tell you, one believing body.
“Well, if they do not believe as I believe, they are not part of the body” you state.
And I emphasis to you, ONE UNITED believing body. Under God the distinctions melt away.
“But . . . but . . . but!!” you stutter.
And I tell you – it is we, humanity who has drawn these lines.
“But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.” (When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.)” (Verses 7-10)
That means, beloved reader, while there is one God and one faith that we are called to, there are many ways to live it out accountably and authentically. Christ journeyed through all things and all places – if you are the science fiction type this means all parallel universes etc – and from this wealth give to God’s people differing gifts and understandings. And if Christ gave them, we are not to question them. If not from Christ – and who of us is TRULY qualified to judge that – then it is not part of the one faith, and God and Christ will attend to the matter.
“The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. (Verses 11-16)
Do not look to your own self, beloved reader, and think you are any greater or any lesser than you ought to be, for this building up is not completed. And I suggest will not be completed until the Lord God returns. For each believing person first comes to faith and then grows in faith so that there is never a “completed time.” So be patient and caring with yourself and others. But do not be fooled either. God stands in judgment of those who deliberately spread falseness and seek to trick and deceive. They will receive their punishment in God’s time. You beloved reader look to yourself and seek communities of faith that espouse God’s truth, compassion, love, and righteousness.
Thus endeth this preaching and teaching! I was in the mood to speak forth, and Paul provided the content. Blessings as you meet together in your circles/communities of faith. Selah!