As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
The first point of departure with this new life we ought to live, is unity in the spirit. Last week we read about Nehemiah, leadership and teamwork. How the rebuilt Jerusalem beside one another, brick by brick. The author of Ephesians formulates it so beautifully, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. A major point of criticism throughout the Christian church, why are we so divided? What is absolutely clear, the new life in Christ, necessitates unity.