Posted July 2, 2010
Let us look for the last time at our study of the word together mentioned seven times in the book of Ephesians. The word means the bringing together of two warring parties and making them one. The theme of our study is when two become one.
This week we continue our study on the revelation of gathering together. We will look at 4:13-15 and the revelation of the together witness. In verse 13 we will look at the witness of our testimony. We have thus far been looking at the body and head relationship, which is Christ and the church. If there is to be a strong witness we must maintain our intimate relationship between the body and the Head. Paul tells us in verse 13 to maintain this relationship, till we all come in the unity of the faith. The word till means, as far as or until. The phrase till we all come, means to arrive at a definite goal or destination. This destination, our goal, is the faith and knowledge of the Son of God, and a perfect man, in the fullness of Christ. Paul is telling us to maintain this witness until there is a unanimity of agreement on a definite conviction and precise belief. He is saying, until we literally all believe like Christ. We are to maintain until we are perfect, complete, and in need of nothing. This state will find us full of Christ and believing as He believes.
I have said and have heard others say when so-and-so dies they will believe like I do. In all reality none of us will believe like the other, but we will all believe like Him. This is the ultimate of the seventh time the word together is used. The number seven is our word for perfection. Paul warns us in verse 14 that there is the possibility of being blown about with every wind of doctrine. Satan will try to cause a division between members of the body and thereby cause a division between the body and the Head. Let us remember if there is no unity within the body there is no unity between the Head and the body.
In verse 15 we find the witness of our tongue. We who are in the body are to profess the truth of our unity with our tongue in love. When we become one with Him and one with each other the truth can go forward. If there is no unity there is no witness. While we are telling others of Him, He will be telling the Father about us. Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus in 64 A.D. about them being one with Christ and one with each other. In 96 A.D. just 32 years later John wrote in the Revelation that they had left their first love. Oh how quickly we can fall out of unity with each other which hinders our being one with Him. Let us seek our relationship that is found in Christ and Christ alone which is two warring parties being made one.