There’s no question that the events of 2016 have been troubling. Since July with the deaths of three black men in our country by police (MN, LA, TX), a deadly ambush on police officers here in Dallas, then an attack on French people in Nice, followed an attempted coup in Turkey, then the attack on Baton Rouge Police, and the political conventions and tensions for president in the U.S., our world is changing. Our world has changed. With all the talk of unity these days, people have never seemed to be more divided along racial, political, and religious lines.
The theme of Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians is the Unity of the Body of Christ. It is in Christ Jesus alone that humanity is united to God and to one another. “In Christ” or synonymous expressions are found thirty-six times in Ephesians to indicate the foundation for the church’s unity is Christ Jesus. Several metaphors are used for this community of God’s people: biological (Ephesians 1:22,23; 2:16; 4:4,12,16; 5:23,30), architectural (Ephesians 2:20-22; 4:12,16), and sociological (Ephesians 5:21-33). Where there was once hostility and division, Christ has made us one, new body (Ephesians 2:14-16). We love others in His body because He loves us (Ephesians 3:17-19). We extend grace to others in His body because we have been given grace (Ephesians 2:8-10). We forgive others in His body because we have been forgiven by Him (Ephesians 4:32). Christ Jesus has called us as His Body to be a united, diverse church in whom God dwells among us and in the world.
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