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one God) reflect the triune structure of later creeds in reverse.


4: 1 Paul was arrested for preaching the good news of Jesus. While in prison he wrote letters instructing and encouraging the Christian communities. Even while in prison Paul used the grace of being an Apostle which the Risen Lord had given him. And we are urged to live in manner worthy of the call. Each Christian is called to be different and to live as God’s son/daughter. The life of the entire Christian community is a sign to the rest of humanity that those who confess Jesus as Lord are the new Chosen People. All Christians live for the day when they will see the Lord face to face.


4:4 One body and one Spirit. Christians form a single group, the Church, which is the Body of Christ. This Body has a single source of life, the Spirit. The same Spirit leads and strengthens every member of the community.


Ephesians 4: 1-7


1 I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another through love, 3 striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: 4 one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore, it says: “He ascended on high and took prisoners captive; he gave gifts to men.”


REFLECTION:


The Spirit builds up the Church. She touches our hearts and enables us to believe that Jesus is the Lord. The Spirit gathers all believers together and gives them the power to live together in love. It is the Spirit calling and leading each person which creates our unity under one Lord Jesus Christ.


We have our life only in the Trinity. We cannot be separated from this life in God. It is necessary for us to understand and experience that we do not have a God who stands outside of our world or our lives. Our lives are shot through with the living God. He is in us. He surrounds us. He envelops us. Through one baptism we enter into the life of the one Risen Jesus who stands before the one Father. The Church makes flesh the life of the Father, Son and Spirit. The members of the church live in the Son of God.


STUDY QUESTIONS: (Limit response to one page per question). What gives life to the Body of Christ?


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