In Bethesda Chapel, this ‘unity’ is one of the five core values. Christ has broken down the dividing walls between different groups of people. Christ’s death on the cross has brought us the peace of God (John 14:27-28; 20:19, 21, 26; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:13-15; Philippians 4:7; Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 13:20).
The unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace is summarized as follows:
“There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6 NIV).
The prayer of Jesus in John 17 says it all.
This unity binds all that we are and do. Hence we are admonished to make “every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3-6 NIV).
We are Christ’s beloved because of God’s love and mercy and grace. In response to God-given new life in Christ, we are to be Word-filled and Spirit-filled in our being.