The passage today is one of the most popular passages among Paul’s shorter epistles to the churches of Galatia, Ephesus, Thessolonica, and Philipi. It begins with an exhortation/encouragement: when Paul says beseech, he means to firmly encourage or to plead with.
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Be obedient to your calling, but also, be humble and meek in your calling, realizing you aren’t the only one who has been called. Also, he tells them to put up with each other for the purpose of furthering the ministry. You may not like everyone, but you can love them and make others think you like them. 🙂
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
We are the same in Christ who unifies us and makes us one body. We are one together as we all took part of the same salvation and have been baptized into the same family.
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
We are uniquely purposed by God for different tasks and callings. The church, the body of Christ will never reach perfect unity until all Christians come in to the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God. We will never be a perfect family, a perfect body until we realize that we were given different callings for the purpose of perfecting each other. Our talents are uniquely given for the benefit of the brethren to make a less dysfunctional family of God, that the name of Jesus would be exalted.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist