We share rich relationships with one another in the church, the body of Christ, the community Jesus builds in the kingdom of God. The foundation of our relationships is established by God in His kingdom—one body and one Spirit.
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.4 There is one body and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one immersion,6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all, and in us all. Ephesians 4:1-6 WMB
The unity of the Spirit is based on those 7 foundational ones we share in the worldwide community of followers of Jesus. That’s the spiritual reality of what God has given us. Because God has made us new creatures created in Christ and fitly joined together in His body and poured out His Spirit in us, we can keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Earlier in Ephesians, Paul revealed God created us in Christ to do good works and live in them (Eph 2:10). He begs us, “to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called.” “Being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Peter also tells us God has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light and given us a calling to do good works and live in them.
1 Putting away therefore all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisies, envies, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word, that with it you may grow, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious: 4 coming to him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God, precious. 5 You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Yeshua the Messiah. 6 Because it is contained in Scripture,
- “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, chosen and precious:
- He who believes in him will not be disappointed.”✡
- 7 For you who believe therefore is the honor, but for those who are disobedient,
- “The stone which the builders rejected
- has become the chief cornerstone,”✡
- 8 and,
- “a stumbling stone and a rock of offense.”✡
For they stumble at the word, being disobedient, to which also they were appointed. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim [shew forth KJV] the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 In the past, you were not a people, but now are God’s people, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 Beloved, I beg you as foreigners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 having good behavior among the nations, so in that of which they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they see, glorify God in the day of visitation. 1 Peter 2:1-12 WMB Also see: Jn 8:12; Act 26:18; 1 Th 2:11-12.
Kingdom relationships come by right conduct, peace and joy through the Holy Spirit.
For the Kingdom of God does not consist of eating and drinking, but of right conduct, peace and joy, through the Holy Spirit; and whoever in this way devotedly serves Christ, God takes pleasure in him, and men highly commend him. Ro 14:17-18 WNT
Individually, we can only keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace with our self, our spouse and our children. Unity of the Spirit requires community attitudes and actions. The church is the body of Christ, the community Jesus builds in the kingdom of God. Jesus builds His church as each of us is working properly. The only way we can work properly is to follow Him as the Head of His church through the Holy Spirit in us. May, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion [koinonia] of the Holy Spirit, be with you all” (2Co 13:14 ASV).
Right conduct, peace and joy through the Holy Spirit indicate rich interpersonal relationships, mutuality and interdependence. The share words of these community relationships come from these Greek words: koinonia, koinoneo, sunkoinoneo and koinonos.
Koinonia is translated as communion, community, communication, distribution, fellowship, share and partnership.
Our actions are identified with koinoneo, meaning to share with others and translated: communicate, distribute, be partaker, share, communicating and distributing.
Koinonos, means companion, partner and partaker.
Those are the share words of the community of our King. When we share our lives in those ways, we thrive in rich and rewarding relationships and God is pleased. We don’t share such friendship with the world. “Friendship with the world is hostility toward God” (James 4:4). Context James 4
Beloved, let us love one another.
7 Beloved, let’s love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God. 8 He who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, for God is love. 9 By this God’s love was revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice* for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us.
13 By this we know that we remain in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Yeshua is the Son of God, God remains in him, and he in God. 16 We know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. 17 In this love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so we are in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us. 20 If a man says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who doesn’t love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 This commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should also love his brother. 1 John 4:7-21 WMB
Children, let us not love only in words or in talk, but let us put our love into action and make it real. 1 Jn 3:18 Cf: 1 Cor 16:14; 1 Peter 1:13
May our God “make you worthy of His calling and by His power accomplish every good thing you decide to do and every work of faith, so as to glorify the name of our Lord Jesus among you, and you in Him, according to the grace/charis of our God and Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Th 1:11-12 An American Translation).
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