ONE BODY AND ONE SPIRIT
Last week we started a series in the book of Ephesians. We are focusing our attention on seven things we have in common as Christians. It’s no secret, we have significant differences in how we see the world. But division is not inevitable. We must resist the enmity and division that is plaguing our world right now by emphasizing what we agree on. What unites us is more significant than what divides us.
The one body we are a part of is Christ’s body. Collectively, we are his body on earth. His physical body is in heaven, seated at the right hand of God. The sign of his body is visible in the Lord’s supper which we celebrate every Sunday. We are united because he was broken. Now we are his body, and each of us is part of it. We can play our part poorly or well. But there is no escaping the reality.
The Same Spirit
The same Spirit lives in each and every Christian. There is not one Holy Spirit for catholics, another for baptists and another for pentecostals. We have been given the same Holy Spirit. This is not “the force” or some magic power. It is God himself living in us. The same Spirit that was in Jesus, empowered his ministry, and raised him from the dead lives in you and me. How much you live under the influence of the Spirit depends on you.
Sunday I am going to look with you at the work of the Holy Spirit as described in the book of Ephesians. We will talk about how to live under his influence. Then we will invite him to come and fill us. You can prepare now by doing the things that give him room. Worship. Give thanks. Speak and sing. Read through Ephesians and underline all the places Paul talks about the Spirit. Then come expectantly!