Until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:13
We are living in exciting times for we are moving closer to the return of the Lord. We are living in the closing days of the church and each day is a purposeful day. We may desire to go to be with the Lord in heaven and long for His appearance.. and there can be no greater desire than to be with the Lord – forever.
But while there is still breath in our mortal bodies we have a job to do. We must recognise that there is a purpose to be fulfilled each day of our lives. God is bringing each one of His children into a blessed unity of trust in Him. Each having a united confidence in the Lord. Each holding to pure scriptural truth. Just as the Lord purposed that Jew and gentile were to be one in Him – in like manner the whole Body of Christ is to be united in Him.
Unity of the saints is a foundational creed emanating from Christ’s priestly prayer:- that they may be one as We are One, I in them and You in Me— so that they may be brought to complete unity. John 17:22 And this unity is for a glorious purpose:- then the world will know that You sent me and have loved them even as You have loved Me John 17:23
The Lord Jesus wants each of His children to be united in love – united in Him.. until we all come to the knowledge of the Son of God. For God is love and love is of God and we are to be one in Him – united in Him. We are to love as Jesus loved us – to love others as His love flows through us.
We are not only to know the Lord with our minds but in the depth of our being. We are to trust Him in spirit and truth; in word and in deed; in time and into eternity.. for faith is a spiritual knowledge of Christ, which progresses into maturity. As Son of God and Son of Man, He is the object of our faith – our expression of love. And the godly goal and pure purpose is... that we all are to come to a perfect man. Our Christian maturity is to be completed – and spiritual growth is to be entire.
The whole body of Christ is to be fully taught, sanctified in the likeness of Christ. We are each to be endued with a full measure of Christ in every area of life – and like Him we are to learn obedience through suffering. And the stunning result of this maturation process is God’s final goal for us all:- until we all come to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
God has been building a holy temple of holy people, day by day for 2000 years.. a unique ‘new creation in Christ’ .. a singular people, set apart for God.. a peculiar people, distinct from the old creation in Adam, – a royal priesthood that has been battling the spiritual forces of evil for centuries.. Each day a step closer to the day when Christ returns to set up His kingdom, but while there is still breath in our mortal bodies we have a job to do,
We are to grow in grace and in a knowledge of Him, until we all come to the unity of the faith.. and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Each day of our lives the Lord is doing a good work is each one of us.. Building us up into the body of Christ.. until that wonderful day..…when “we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of Christ, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of His fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:13
This perfecting of the body into the likeness of Christ is a godly mystery “Christ in you the hope of glory.” Col.1:27. But know this – that when we see Him we shall be like Him,.. for we shall see Him as He is.
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