“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ”.
When people hear the phrase ‘Unity of the faith’, they assume that it means that all Christians must agree with one another regardless of their doctrinal positions. Although I do not advocate for strife in the body of Christ, I think that it is important that we see what the bible actually says in this regard.
Let us start from Ephesians 4:11. “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.” In this verse, we learn that Jesus gave what is usually referred to as ‘ministry gifts.’ In other words, your Pastor is God’s gift to you. We learn why in verse 12: “For the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
God’s intention is that your Pastor prepares you for the work of the ministry, and that you play your part in edifying the body of Christ. Let’s read on. Verse 13 says: “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.”
The key word here is knowledge. The unity of faith can only be accomplished when we agree on the truth of God’s word. If ministry gifts are faithful to the teachings of the apostles, then they would in turn teach the same thing, the body of Christ would be edified, and we would come to the unity of the faith.
Now, just in case you doubt that this is about doctrine, see Ephesians 4:14: “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.”
We gauge maturity by doctrine. Not by how long one has been a Christian. Not even by miracles, but by doctrine.