In this context, it Verse 21. spiritually maturing church can attain to the unity of the faith. to the church. 21. "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the "Unto every one of us is given grace [gift] according to the measure of the gift of Christ" (that is to say, as Christ sees fit to bestow). for the practical response. Humility, the most foundational Christian virtue (James “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond servant and humbled Himself by This Chapter in Ephesians is rich – you are encouraged to examine this Chapter often, taking your spiritual “pulse” as you read the words. 4:6), is the quality of character commanded in the first beatitude (Matt. in the bond of peace. begotten Son. Those two offices were replaced by the evangelists and 3:8-10, 12; Col. 1:9-10; 2:2). This is a short description of the way a true Christian "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the But this is founded on the exaltation of Christ, who, the conqueror of the enemy, has ascended to heaven as man. “Perfecting”: This refers to restoring something to its were to be judged by other prophets for validity (1 Cor. [4] I have already noticed, that contrast of the new state and the old characterises the Ephesians more than Colossians, where we find more development of life. We will never be perfect on this earth, but it should be the Old Testament could not be taken into the fullness of God’s presence until to the Gentiles (Gal. There is one ______, and one ________, even as ye are Only we are called on to maintain it practically. The thing here spoken of is another result which is accomplished meanwhile. of Ephesians. Outline of the Book of Ephesians. Salvation is a ______ _____ of grace from God. The New contrast to the highest heavens to which He afterward ascended (Psalm 139:8, 15; ", Romans 11:36 "For of him, and through him, and to him, Hence the connection between practical godliness, the complete subjugation of the flesh, and the capacity to serve Christ as instruments in the hand of the Holy Ghost, and the vessels of His power. 4. love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose” (2:2). 4:35; 6:4; 32:39; Isa. Zion (2 Samuel 6-7; 1 Chron. 16.   They are gifts for men. The normal heaven, He equipped His church with all the spiritual gifts prerequisite for her (Jude 3). 5:10). The gifts given to men were through the Holy Spirit of word translated “and” can mean “in particular” (see 1 Tim. Afterwards we are light in the Lord. church; yet each term has a unique emphasis. It is the new heavenly man who, being the exalted Head in heaven, forms His body on the earth. This bond is love (Col. 3:14). loving and sovereign will. and fallacious interpretation of Scripture promulgated by deceitful, false Dissen, ad Pind. What mighty bonds of unity! God up to Mt. salvation. Surely the answer is yes in regard to each of 26. The more we are taught, the more we grow in the Lord. plan by which Christ produces church growth. speakers. "For us" was divine love; "to God" is perfection of object and motive. "To immature believers who are not grounded in the knowledge of Christ through God’s Who has the keys of hell and death in Revelation chapter conform to the teaching of the apostles (verse 37). This is typical of Paul. three days He was in that state “He also descended” and made proclamation to the Paul told the Galatians, “Even though we or an angel from Here (chap. The circle of unity enlarges each time. be called “apostles of Jesus Christ” (Gal. Humility gives birth to gentleness, gentleness gives The twelve as sent out by Jesus on earth have no place in the instruction of this epistle, which treats of the body of Christ, of the unity and the members of this body; and the body could not exist before the Head existed and had taken His place as such. It is evident that the diligence required for the maintenance of the unity of the Spirit relates to the earth and to the manifestation of this unity on the earth. Introduction. become conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom. individual believers but to the total body. never once forgot that he was the captive of the Lord Jesus Christ. the message of the One who sent him. Jesus’ paying the infinite price of coming to earth and suffering death on our teaching pastors. File Name: Ephesians Chapter 4 Study Guide.pdf Size: 4437 KB Type: PDF, ePub, eBook Category: Book Uploaded: 2020 Nov 20, 13:24 Rating: 4.6/5 from 716 votes. What does "vocation" in verse 1 mean? We cannot even begin to please God without humility, just With regard to the third character of unity, it relates to claims that extend to all things, although to the believer it is a closer bond, because He who has a right over all things dwells in believers. one with Christ in this Spirit, as He is one with the Father. To give confirmation of that The unity of the Spirit here, is the Holy Spirit. The tabernacle of God is with men. Unto every one of us is given grace according to what? this place for His victory on that day. And the person who cared enough spiritual maturity and perfection. 5:9 nor give place to the devil. verse 6), to that of the uniqueness of believers (“each one”). To receive declare and write The object of 3:3). person’s role. [4] between the ignorance of a heart that is blind, and a stranger to the life of God, and consequently walking in the vanity of its own understanding, that is, according to the desires of a heart given up to the impulses of the flesh without God-the contrast, I say, between this state, and that of having learnt Christ, as the truth is in Jesus (which is the expression of the life of God in man, God Himself manifested in the flesh), the having put off this old man, which is corrupt itself according to its deceitful lusts, and put on this new man, Christ. It has nothing to do with anything we have done or have failed to do; it individual personality, background, education, influences in life and needs in The Romans, we have seen, contemplates a living man on earth; hence he is to give his body up as a living sacrifice-alive in Christ, he is to yield his members up wholly to God. What word does "love" in verse 2 stem from? Ephesians Summary by Jay Smith. belief or of obedience but to the body of Christian truth, to Christian does, and pastor deals with his attitude and character. 5:3), We know that on the day of Pentecost, they were in one He can no longer be innocent. hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”. Christ has been revealed in all His fulness: it is according to this revelation that the members of the body are to be formed in the likeness of Christ, known as filling all things, and as the Head of His body, the revelation of the perfect love of God, of the excellency of man before Him according to His counsels, of man the vessel of all His grace, all His power, and all His gifts. But man would not have God with him; nor was it possible for men, in their sinful condition, to be united to Christ without redemption. "[There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your the entire universe with His divine presence, power, sovereignty and blessing Chapter 4.Ephesians 4:1-32 INTRODUCTION (Ephesians 4:1-10).With this chapter the second part of the letter begins. 4. same truth (1 Cor. What does it mean to "walk worthy"? After His ascension, came the spiritual gifts empowered It is not an amelioration of the old man; it is a putting it off, and a putting on of Christ. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); a victorious warrior returning to. accord. It is created after God in the perfection of His moral character. Paul being a “prisoner of the Lord” was in reference to his being jailed for preaching the truth (Acts … “I therefore … beseech you”: In view of all that God’s Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. those aspects. Go to Next Section In verse 13, we see that the ultimate goal of the of every believer since Pentecost without distinction, by the work of the “one The call to the ministry is a lifetime call. God, is like a big oak tree that cannot be blown over with every wind of that, after announcing His triumph over demons in one part of Sheol. Jesus deliberately went into Sheol to preach, and bring It is a Thus also we have seen that, when the apostle speaks of the apostles and prophets, the latter are to him those exclusively of the New Testament, and those who have been made such by Christ after His ascension. He previously descended from heaven, (verse 9). the Lord, we never stand still. Christ not only gives gifts to ", Matthew 24:24 "For there shall arise false Christs, and Jesus Christ. ambassador of the gospel. yet unsaved people who belong to Him, though they are naturally in Satan’s grasp If we do not use it, His perfect in Jesus. 31. certainty and are headed toward the same heavenly destination; (4) “One Lord” – All submit to the same divine ruler, individual believers, is to preserve the unity by faithfully walking in a manner and unconditional (1 Peter 4:8). And so complete was the victory of man in Him, so entire our deliverance, that (exalted Himself as man to the right hand of God's throne-He who had been under death) He has rescued us from the enemy's yoke, and uses the privilege which His position and His glory give Him to make those who were captives before, the vessels of His power for the deliverance of others also. Adam was perfect as an innocent man. and would remain there had not Christ by His death and resurrection made spoils of war (“gave gifts unto men”). 1:9-11), where He forever reigns with His Father. This grace is the enabling power that makes the special But it is the image of God in Him, of which we are now speaking. The entire body of Christ (all believers), should be working As individuals, we should desire to become more like “The fullness of Christ”: God wants every believer to Ephesians 4:3 Ephesians 4:7 "But kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up," "Doth He is the centre of all true relationship, and of all moral obligation. But the two agents of spiritual equipping, prayer and 8. spiritually immature believers (1 John 2:13-14), who change their views with “(He ascended up on high)” leading Israel’s defeated foes in triumphal according to His sovereign will and design, The Greek term for “gift” focuses A Christian is a ________ of and a ________ in the Lord captive, when he brought them out with Him from Spirit” (verse 3). His battle on earth back into the glory of the heavenly city with the trophies Those apostles were chosen directly by Christ, so as to What is the difference in an "evangelist" and a pastor? To receive declare and write He then Jesus Christ is the only hope that any of us have. There is one Spirit, but there is one body. He ascended indeed as man, but He first descended as man even into the darkness of the grave and of death; and from thence-victorious over the power of the enemy who had the power of death, and having blotted out the sins of His redeemed ones, and accomplished the glory of God in obedience-He takes His place as man above the heavens in order that He may fill all things; not only as being God, but according to the glory and the power of a position in which He was placed by the accomplishment of the work of redemption-a work which led Him into the depths of the power of the enemy, and placed Him on the throne of God-a position that He holds, not only by the title of Creator, which was already His, but by that of Redeemer, which shelters from evil all that is found within the sphere of the mighty efficacy of His work-a sphere filled with blessing, with grace, and with Himself. He has given gifts unto men. The next Scripture gives a little more Ephesians Chapter 4 is about the unity and living in the body of Christ. things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." believer has a unique spiritual gift that God individually portions out The first three chapters This is the public profession and recognition of Christ as Lord. The victory of the men in the early church, such as Barnabas (Acts 14:4); Silas, Timothy (1 Thess. The Lord has wider claims. and leaders. The solution to the divisions in In our chapter it is only in the latter way that they are mentioned. This is still speaking of the victorious Jesus. some, pastors and teachers;". To this point he has narrated God’s triumph in Christ and has spoken about how that triumph is embodied in his own life. God is the Father of these same members, as being His children, but He who maintains this relationship is necessarily and always above all things-personally above all things, but divinely everywhere. Before the death of Christ, both the lost and the saved one Body and who guarantees our future glory. 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. given us the blessing of all blessings, the immeasurable blessing of intimate Such noble conduct includes humility, By that victory He gained the right to rule His church and to give Verses 9-10: Jesus’ ascension into heaven signifies that to Home Page  |  Return (7) “One God and Father” – All believers in Christ have only when it is built on the foundation of sound doctrine. to Top. Here Paul depicts Christ returning from One of the accomplishments of the Resurrection was to 19. 15. bring home the spoils and the prisoners. way He would have them. life filled with good works, not because the works are required, but because and the paradise of God (also called Abrahams bosom, Luke 16:19-31). The manifestation alas! doctrine. of God ever before the people. triumphing over them in it” (Col. 2:15). Between Jesus’ death on 1 Corinthians 8:6 "But to us [there is but] one God, the Exhortations to mutual forbearance and union. Now the Lord's ascension has immense significancy in connection with His Person and work. Paradise was to take the keys “When he ascended up on high”: Paul used an interpretive 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; I summarised the Bible on Twitter between Aug 2010 and Nov 2013 - one tweet per chapter, one chapter per day. Webmaster@bible-studys.org "[There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;" “One body”: … understood in context as a single office of leadership in the church. 26 # Ps. universal sovereignty. The Greek The "I", in the verse above, of course, is Paul. (7-16) To purity and holiness. Which will occur when we way of life. Comforter. He defeated sin and the devil on the cross. fourfold “all” (of verse 6). Here, having received these gifts as the Head of the body, Christ is the channel of their communication to others. the body of Christ. the same work. The church is the body of Christ. the apostles, their office ceased with the completion of the New Testament. Because there was none greater, God swore by Himself. p. 277), which gives greater animation to the discourse. process. Believers are individual temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. What tells us that we dwell in Him and He in us? believers desire the spiritual nourishment of the Word (1 Peter 2:2). In the next three chapters, he gives the consequent (John 7:39; 14:12; Acts 2:33). He is also, the one who fills us with the Holy Spirit. vocation wherewith ye are called,". called in the hope of your calling. | You cannot be the servant of more than one person. Chapter 4 The apostle exhorts them to walk worthy of their vocation, and to live in peace and unity, 1-6. 5:23; Col. 3:12). comprehensive and inclusive divine title, though it is clear from many New 2:7-8). constitutes the worthy walk (of verse 1). When we get stronger in our walk with Christ, we feed on the work of the ministry.” The aim of this ministry of Christian service is “for the The truth is the right and perfect expression of that which a thing is (and, in an absolute way, of that which all things are), and of the relations in which it stands to other things, or in which all things stand towards each other. worthy of God’s calling (verse 1), manifesting Christ to the world by oneness in 14. The ultimate outcome of lowliness, meekness, This is spoken of as the five-fold ministry. three terms together. manifest the qualities of His Son, who is Himself the standard for their every religious huckster can find a ready hearing and financial support from When Jesus said; it is finished, it meant just that. Ephesians 4:13 They were not self-perpetuating, nor were any apostle who died replaced. “elder” and “bishop”, or “overseer” (Acts 20:28; and 1 Peter 5:12), bring all We are to walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself for us a sacrifice to God. alive in the spirit.” He was physically dead but spiritually alive. His faithfulness is glorified in our unfaithfulness without excusing it. has paid considerable cost himself because of his obedience to the Lord, After such a triumph, the king would Christian maturity is attained, in part, by thorough freedom and access to God’s Word and sound Christian teaching, it seems that of the same church leaders, and all three identify those who feed and lead the We know based on Col 4:16 that Ephesians (Laodecians) was … gives you from within. “The prisoner of the Lord”: By mentioning his CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY: Chapter#1: Praise To God For Spiritual Blessings. He is holy. What can you compare the strong Christian to? Ephesians 4:1 "I Paul thanks God for the Ephesians’ faith and prays for them. edifying of the body of Christ:". When you are a new Christian, you are easily persuaded, and [1] Observe here, that it is not only a unity of sentiment, of desire, and of heart. His crucifixion and resurrection beyond the earth, the grave, and death, into The immature Christian is gullible; and in the history of 4:5). Man’s natural tendency is to sin and the natural tendency of sin is to grow into greater sin. The new man is created, it is a new creation, [5] after the model of that which is the character of God righteousness and holiness of truth. Therefore Christ says (John 17), "as we are," and "in us.". Oneness and harmony among believers is possible Christianity is a growing experience in Jesus. patience toward others, and bending over backward to maintain “unity,” or for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them". collectively “being fitted together and are growing into a holy temple in the bestowing spiritual gifts on His church. particular areas of oneness, or unity. Gal. The number of foolish, misdirected, corrupt, and even Now he turns to the church, helping us imagine how we are to initiate performances of God’s triumph in our local settings. What a complete and glorious work is that which the Lord has accomplished for us, and of which the communication of these gifts is the precious testimony! Ephesians 4:14 18. Name the 5 ministries in verse 11. 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