Third in a series of studies in Ephesians 4
“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).
Paul reaches his main point in this verse by laying out the real challenge he has in mind for the Ephesian brethren: they are to live in unity and in peace.
By beginning with the word “endeavoring,” he emphasizes they do not have a choice in this matter nor can they be casual or careless in carrying out the instruction: “endeavoring” means to give diligence to.
“Unity” means they are to stand as one, and “Spirit” refers to the teachings the Spirit has given. To them, it was direct from inspired teachers. For us, however, the teaching is found in the Word that was inspired by the Spirit.
“Bond” is something that holds things together, and “peace” indicates a spirit of tranquility and freedom from inward or outward disturbance.
To keep the “unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,” we must stand together in our adherence to the doctrines the Spirit has made available to us, not injecting our own opinions nor our creative ideas about what God would like. Otherwise, there can be no peace.