The first step, as we saw in Ephesians 4:1-3, was to check your own attitudes. (BP) 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another,(BQ) forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.(BR). Isn’t it interesting that immediately after the Apostle speaks of guarding the unity of the church, he starts inserting doctrine into the mix? Do you remember in Romans 3:1-31 we mentioned the fact how we enjoyed God's "buts." II. 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. How the Saints Minister to the Body. Ephesians 4:1. I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye … Ephesians 4. (BB), 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully(BC) to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. Be patient with each other and lovingly accept each other. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another(D) in love. Have a student read Ephesians 4:11. Oct 18, 1992 44 Shares Sermon. We are also reminded by Peter that we are to be able to defend this hope (1 Peter 3:15), which is the basis for apologetics. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. “It 3 will not leave even a root or branch. (G) 4 There is one body(H) and one Spirit,(I) just as you were called to one hope when you were called(J); 5 one Lord,(K) one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all,(L) who is over all and through all and in all.(M). And, indeed, it is the Holy Spirit who does that binding (and gives the gifts to the church so that the church can function…noting that the gifts are given to the church — or, to understand the language from a different perspective, if you are outside of the church, you ought not expect such gifts to be present). Oct 19, 1986. (Ephesians 4:4) Isn’t it interesting that immediately after the Apostle speaks of guarding the unity of the church, he starts inserting doctrine into the mix? Objective relations of unity, to which the non-compliance with what is demanded in Ephesians 4:3 would be contradictory,[200] and which are consequently meant to incite towards compliance,—but without γάρ (comp. 2 But for you who respect my name, the sun of vindication 4 will rise with healing wings, 5 and you will skip about 6 like calves released from the stall. ... Scripture: Ephesians 4:29–30. No, we are many individual persons saved by grace, united to local congregations, and bound together as one body if we are truly Christian. Unity in the Body. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and take your Bible knowledge to a new level this year! Unity in the Body of Christ. Ephesians 4:1-16, Live worthy of your calling by Matt Slick | Dec 1, 2008 | Sermons , Christian Living “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:28 To leave off dishonest practices, and to gain by honest labour what they have occasion for, All rights reserved worldwide. 4 As a prisoner(A)for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy(B)of the calling(C)you have received.2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another(D)in love. 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended(S) higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe. Ephesians 4 tells us what a worthy walk of a believer looks like. In the last three chapters he deals mainly with the duties of believers with regard to the Christian walk. 4 As a prisoner(A) for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy(B) of the calling(C) you have received. (BF) 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work,(BG) doing something useful with their own hands,(BH) that they may have something to share with those in need. John Piper Oct 12, 1986 863 Shares Sermon. Then give students a few minutes to study Ephesians 4:12–16 and make a list of what apostles, prophets, and others who serve in the Church help to accomplish in the Church. 14 Then we will no longer be infants,(AF) tossed back and forth by the waves,(AG) and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 4 1 “For indeed the day 2 is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant evildoers will be chaff. 4. Scripture: Ephesians 4:7–16. Ephesians 4. 2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. 1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful … Unity and peace were essential (Ephesians 4:3), with Paul noting the importance of one Spirit, hope, Lord, faith, baptism, God, and Father of all (Ephesians 4:5–6). Ephesians 4:1-16 is how to Walk in Unity. Be Kind to One Another. The change in topic is abrupt enough that most translations include these words in parentheses. 4 There is uone body and vone Spirit—just as you were called to the one whope that belongs to your call— 5 xone Lord, … 2:10; (Col. 1:10; 2:6); 1 Thess. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off(AV) your old self,(AW) which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;(AX) 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;(AY) 24 and to put on(AZ) the new self,(BA) created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. 4 I therefore, m a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to n walk in a manner worthy of o the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all p humility and q gentleness, with r patience, s bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in t the bond of peace. (BD) 26 “In your anger do not sin”[d]:(BE) Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. In the first three chapters of this epistle Paul deals with the doctrines of the grace of God, explaining and establishing them. Dissen, ad Pind. (G)4 There is one body(H)and one Spirit,(I)just as you were called to one hope when you were called(J);5 one Lord,(K)one faith, one baptism;6 one God … 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, … “One body and one Spirit, just as you were also called in one hope of your calling;”. 4. 20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 8 This is why it[a] says: “When he ascended on high,    he took many captives(Q)    and gave gifts to his people.”[b](R), 9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]? 1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (E) 3 Make every effort to keep the unity(F) of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (AR) 19 Having lost all sensitivity,(AS) they have given themselves over(AT) to sensuality(AU) so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of … )(T) 11 So Christ himself gave(U) the apostles,(V) the prophets,(W) the evangelists,(X) the pastors and teachers,(Y) 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ(Z) may be built up(AA) 13 until we all reach unity(AB) in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God(AC) and become mature,(AD) attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.(AE). Here, again, Paul is setting forth some doctrinal principles that everyone in the church is called to hold onto and defend as part of what it means to be Christian. 4 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:4-16 New International Version (NIV). 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,(BL) with whom you were sealed(BM) for the day of redemption. There is one body (see Ephesians 2:16).The Church is an organic whole, of which believers are the members, and Christ the Head, supplying the vitalizing power: The real body, being constituted by vital union with Christ, is not synonymous with any single outward society. Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV - You were taught, with regard to your - Bible Gateway. 4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Unity in the Body of Christ. Paul then quotes from Psalm 68:18 (Ephesians 4:8) as the basis for his next teaching. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. 1 I, a prisoner in the Lord, encourage you to live the kind of life which proves that God has called you. Grace is given to each as Christ desires (Ephesians 4:7). [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Verses 9 and 10 are an interesting side-note in Paul's main flow of the passage. Scripture: Ephesians 4:31–5:2. We have already discussed the nature of the hope of our calling as Paul has previously used this language (1:18). 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, … 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 7 But to each one of us(N) grace(O) has been given(P) as Christ apportioned it. There is one body of Christ — his body is not divided between Jew and Gentile, slave and free. NIV, Storyline Bible, Comfort Print: Each Story Plays a Part. 4. Ephesians 4:3. NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Luke, Comfort Print, NIV, The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People. 1Co 12:28; Eph 2:20; 3:5; 2Pe 3:2; Jude 17, S Ac 11:27; Ro 12:6; 1Co 12:10, 28; 13:2, 8; 14:1, 39; Eph 2:20; 3:5; 2Pe 3:2, Ac 13:1; Ro 2:21; 12:7; 1Co 12:28; 14:26; 1Ti 1:7; Jas 3:1, ver 25, 31; Col 3:5, 8, 9; Jas 1:21; 1Pe 2:1, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Acts, Comfort Print, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Romans, Comfort Print. John Piper Oct 25, 1992 6 Shares Sermon. 4 I therefore, ma prisoner for the Lord, urge you to nwalk in a manner worthy of othe calling to which you have been called, 2 with all phumility and qgentleness, with rpatience, sbearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in tthe bond of peace. New International Version (NIV). John Piper Oct 19, 1986 445 Shares As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. (BI), 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,(BJ) but only what is helpful for building others up(BK) according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; Ephesians 1:4 New International Version (NIV) 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit. Unity of faith yields a unity in doctrine and vice versa. As was alluded to already, there can be no unity unless there is maturity of faith and maturity of faith includes understanding the doctrines of Jesus Christ — so much so that the demonstration of one’s understanding is found in the way they live out our Lord’s commands. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. 1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to # Eph. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of … 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. Ephesians 4. (BN) 31 Get rid of(BO) all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Such is how Paul begins laying forth this ancient confessional language. Ephesians 4:17-21 He calleth men off from the vain and impure conversation of the heathen world, Ephesians 4:22-24 to renounce the old, and to put on the new, man, Ephesians 4:25 to discard lying, Ephesians 4:26,27 and sinful anger. To help us visualize a worthy walk we have the two paths of life, the righteous life and the wicked. 4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 1 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Ephesians 4. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Verses 4-6. What does Ephesians 4:9 mean? Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. 4. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Walk in Unity. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. So we come to Ephesians 2:4 — Ephesians 2:4. 2 Be humble and gentle in every way. (AO) 18 They are darkened in their understanding(AP) and separated from the life of God(AQ) because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Philippians 4:4 Context. Unity in the Body of Christ. (Some students will benefit from the definitions of evangelists and pastors in the student manual commentary for Ephesians 4:11.) 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. We said that a believer is righteous because of their faith in Jesus. Exc. p. 277), which (AH) 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love,(AI) we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head,(AJ) that is, Christ. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, … Ephesians Chapter 4 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. And just like any walk is made up of individual steps, Paul is giving us several steps to Walk in Unity with one another. Ephesians 4:1-7. Christ’s Gifts to the Church. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows(AK) and builds itself up(AL) in love,(AM) as each part does its work. In Romans 3:10-20, there was given to us our character, "There is none righteous, no, not one." - WHEREIN UNITY CONSISTS - SEVEN PARTICULARS. The first part of this is a direct reference to the language Paul wrote to the Corinthian church in the twelfth chapter of his first letter. That is, a spiritual union: there is an union between God and his people, and between Christ and his members, and between saints and saints, and the bond of each union is love; and that it is which knits and cements them together; and it is the last of these which is here intended: the saints are united … Unity of the Spirit. Oct 25, 1992. (E)3 Make every effort to keep the unity(F)of the Spirit through the bond of peace. The coming day will burn them up,” says the Lord who rules over all. Ephesians 4:4, on to Ephesians 4:6. 2 Always be humble and gentle. See How They All Connect. 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