“that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ”
The second line of defense challenges us to enjoy intimate fellowship with other Christians.
“being knit together in love”
“Being knit together” is a compound word in the Greek. It means to make to come together. God wants us to join together in a union of fellowship.
In Acts 9:22 “knit together” means to bring together Scriptures so as to prove a truth, “But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving (translated by proving) that this Jesus is the Christ.” We put Scriptures together so as to compare them with what other passages teach. Paul proves that Jesus is the Messiah by putting Scriptures together. We are to put ourselves together with other Christians as we would put together proof from the Bible.
In Acts 16:10 the word means to examine closely, “Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Paul concluded by laying the circumstances together that it was the will of God for the team to go to Macedonia. Close fellowship among Christians is something we should closely examine.
In I Cor 2:16, the word is used of putting together reasons so as to demonstrate or prove, “For who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.” The implication in this passage is that no one can put information together to instruct God. He transcends finite human understanding. The human intellect does not have an adequate frame of reference to deal with the infinity of God’s mind. No one can prove anything to God. We are to put Christians together as we would marshal logical arguments.
Ephesians 4:16 uses this word the passive sense, ” from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” This means that God did something to the church. The church did not do this. God brings the church together in one symmetric whole. He gives the church the right gifts and the right people at the right time. It is his mix. He knows the right ingredients that will produce the right result.
God wants Christians to coalesce, to join or knit together in intimate fellowship.
Intimate fellowship with other Christians enhances the strength of our souls. Close communion comes from love.