Marriage Is a Picture of Jesus’ Union to the Church

So far in this series of posts we have discussed the original and ongoing purpose of marriage. Marriage is a picture of Jesus and His Church. Although it is a mystery that was not known until the New Testament, marriage’s purpose has always been to picture Jesus’ relationship to the church and the church’s relationship to Jesus. This post will concentrate on Jesus’ union to the church, which is shown in marriage. Ephesians 5:30 tells us that we are members of Jesus’ body. We

There Is One God and Father of All (Ephesians 4:6)

We have seen six things that unite the church of Jesus Christ. There is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. In this final post on Ephesians 4:4-6 we will see there is one God and Father of all. Let’s keep this in context. The “all” here is not speaking of every human being without exception. We are not all God’s children. We are not all brothers and sisters based on our humanity. There is no universal Fatherhood of God and brotherhood of man.

There Is One Baptism (Ephesians 4:5)

All true believers in Jesus Christ are part of the universal church, the one body. All true believers share one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, and one faith. Those in Christ also share one baptism. This is not speaking of water baptism. There are brothers and sisters in the body of Christ who have major theological confusion and differences regarding water baptism. Many who have trusted in Christ throughout church history have not been immersed in water. However, everyone who is

There Is One Faith (Ephesians 4:5)

In this series on the unity of the body of Christ we have seen that there is one body, one Spirit, one hope, and one Lord. In this post we will study the one faith. There is one faith shared by all believers. To what does “one faith” refer? Some interpret this to mean the body of truth received by all believers. In this interpretation the “one faith” is referring to the faith or doctrine. Another interpretation is that this refers to the common trust in Jesus Christ for rescu

There Is One Lord (Ephesians 4:5)

In this series of posts we have studied the one body (the Church), the one Spirit (the Holy Spirit), and the one hope of our calling. Now we will discuss the One Lord – Jesus Christ. All who are truly born again have one Lord, and He is the true Jesus of the Bible. There are a lot of counterfeit Jesus figures out there. Who is the true Jesus? Like the Father and the Holy Spirit, Jesus is God. He is infinite. A blog post can only offer a glance at the person and work of Jesus.

There Is One Spirit (Ephesians 4:4)

God revealed through Paul that the unity in the one body produced by the Spirit is based in seven glorious truths. In our last post we learned that there is only one body. The universal church is the body of Christ. This body is made up of all true believers in Jesus from Acts 2 until the coming of Jesus for the church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). This universal church is expressed in local bodies of believers throughout the world. In this post we will learn about the one Spiri

There Is One Body (Ephesians 4:4)

In a previous post we looked at the basis of our unity as a church body. Ephesians 4:1-3 tells us that the Holy Spirit has produced unity in the body of Christ. This unity has been purchased through the death of Jesus Christ in the place of His saints. Ephesians 4:4-6 tells us the nature and basis of this unity. Our unity is based in seven glorious doctrines! The post titled “The Basis of Our Unity” presented a summary explanation of these seven doctrines (see here: https://b

The Basis of Our Unity

Christians are called to guard the unity that the Spirit has already produced in the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:1-3). This is the peace and unity that the Spirit has produced through the death of Jesus Christ in the place of His saints. This is discussed in Ephesians 2:11-3:13. God has created a new body in the church. He has taken believing Jews and Gentiles and placed them into a new body through the death of Jesus Christ. So, the Spirit has produced unity in the body of C

Walking Like a Saint – Humility, Gentleness, Patience, Unity

The following is an outline from our church family’s study on June 30, 2019, with some revisions for clarity. This is a study on Ephesians 4:1-3. If you would like to have more information on the term “saint,” you can read my previous article titled “Walking Like a Saint” (found here: is a rather bare outline, but it does help define major terms. You will note that I utilized Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, and