Ephesians 4:1-6 Unity In A Bond Of Love and Peace.
Paul had a few self-titles. He was happy to be a “prisoner of the Lord.” (v. 1) Likewise, he wanted to encourage his readers and fellow saints, to walk worthy of their calling (Cf. I Th. 2:12). It is a humble walk in love. Love is a bond (Cf. Col. 3:14). Lowly, gentle, and longsuffering speaks to the character of Christ Himself (v. 2). It is also life in the family, “bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (v. 3) Peace is a bond, and as a bond it speaks to the covenant nature of this status. It is also a spiritual and covenantal unity-one body, one Spirit, one hope, “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.” (vv. 4-6 Cf. Mal. 2:10) “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” (Rom. 12:5 Cf. I Cor. 1:13) It is a unity and diversity that is found in the Trinity, and part of the image we bear.