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Bible Notes

Ephesians 4:1-6 (07.02.24)

This week we’re going to be reflecting on the ‘the web of life’ as explored on Sunday morning.

L = Love, act lovingly to each other and the rest of creation

Ephesians 4:1-6 (NIVUK)
1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

On Sunday we weaved a web between us to show how we’re all connected, and thought about what the string might represent. We came up with a variety of answers – our relationships, our faith, the Spirit and love – although, arguably they are all aspects of the same thing. In today’s passage from Ephesians, you’ll see that the Trinity are mentioned: God the Father, Son and Spirit. Theologians have debated over the years in what way the Three can be said to be One. The answers tend to focus on their being united by being in nature divine – made of God ‘stuff’ – and being perfectly aligned through their common will – they are bound tightly by their love for each other and their shared purpose. The web of life that is Creation, has been made to reflect this. We have a shared createdness, and within that, humanity are united by having God’s image in us. We are called to reflect God’s common will as well through having an attitude of love towards others and seeking God’s kingdom together – losing this weakens the web and allows it to unravel.

Father, earlier this week we celebrated the wonderful diversity in creation, today we celebrate your love which unites us. Help us to reflect that in our relationships and attitudes as we seek to follow you.

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