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Daily Living – Episode 42 – Eloy Rodriguez

Daily Living – Episode 42 – Eloy Rodriguez

Bearing with One Another in Love

Author: Pastor Eloy Rodriguez

Read: Ephesians 4:2
“with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love”, ESV

Then how can we maintain the unity of the Spirit and forbear one another in love?
(I would say) We have to believe in the gospel and publicly confess our belief in the gospel by baptism as an expression of our spiritual birth……..

As you know, the churches in Rome, Corinth, and Ephesus were all comprised of both rich and poor, Jews and Gentiles, men and women, masters and slaves. Therefore, there were always tension and strife among them due to their differences. There were divisions, they even sued one another in public courts, they despised other members, they lied to each other, and also there were all kinds of immoral problems.

Yet Paul is saying, they were baptized into one body, the body of Christ, and each one of them is a part of it (1 Cor 12:27). Paul is saying “the members belong to each other” (Rom 12:5) because “they have been baptized into Christ Jesus” (Rom 6:3). Paul is saying they are united in the Spirit or in “the Unity of the Spirit” because they share one baptism. (Ephesians 4:5). When a person repents of their sin and follows Christ, Baptism is a beautiful picture of that new spiritual birth. They became one body despite their difference and problems because they were baptized into Christ Jesus. Baptism is like a marriage ceremony. Just as you and your spouse become one body through the marriage ceremony, through baptism, you are united with Christ and you joined into the body of Christ.