I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”
9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)
All of us are different, yet united under Christ. Here Paul is urging his readers to promote unity of the church through Godly living. We all come to the Father in one way, through Jesus Christ. For there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, which is the baptism of the Spirit that brings us into unity of the Body of Christ. Jesus is the only way. It is through His sacrifice on the cross that we are saved, not of our own doing.
While there may be many beliefs floating around today, the Bible is clear about what it means to be a Christian. Our hope is found in Jesus Christ. Not everyone who calls themselves a Christian always believes that. Some would claim that God is love, therefore anything we do in love is acceptable. Some claim that God is just, and that to be saved we have to do more right than wrong.
The truth is that God is both loving and just. For us to ask the question, how can a loving God send someone to hell, we must also ask the question, how can a just God send anyone to heaven? Because of Jesus, our sins are forgiven. When God looks at us, He sees His Son. God has given us the gift of grace to make a way for us to be with Him. While we all may be different, we are united in our common belief in Christ.
What does it mean to walk in a manner worthy of our calling?
What do you think it means to be united in Christ?
How can we use our gifts to honor God?