And yet is this what we are to settle for? Does Christ enjoy our complacency on Christian unity, that is, that we cannot do anything about our disunity and just have to get on with living out a fractured Christianity?
Here are the words of Scripture which particularly unsettle me when I contemplate the difference between denominational realities and God's will:
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth" (Ephesians 1:7-10).I realise that one implication of these words is that Christian unity is not our work but God's work and in the fullness of time God will complete that work. But that would still leave us with the historical fact that we Christians have greatly contributed to the amount of work God has to do to unite all things in him because we have divided many things in Christ!
Every Sunday many Christians say in our churches in Christchurch "Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church."
Well, the Spirit has spoken through Paul in Ephesians! Are we listening?