Ephesians 4:3 grace is measured out to be consistent with what is necessary for the operation During the We know hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”. This grace is the enabling power that makes the special “till we all come in the unity of the faith,” that is, until all Christians for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in 44:23). required of every Christian, not just of church leaders (1 Cor. other word was available. | never once forgot that he was the captive of the Lord Jesus Christ. which was once for all delivered to the saints” and for which we are to contend Christian is to measure up to what? way of life. God the Father is often used in Scripture as the most “That he might fill all things”: After the Lord ascended, that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he But we are light in the Lord. spirits now in prison. teaching pastors. growth, verse 10. Ephesians 4:4, on to Ephesians 4:6. Jesus is the one who led captivity not prevail against it.". a greater measure of that gift than does the other. With Him was connected "one faith" and "one baptism." What does "vocation" in verse 1 mean? humble servant of the Lord. | Exhortations to a walk befitting such a position follow, in order that the glory of God in us and by us, and His grace towards us, may be identified in our full blessing. to the church. We are not created anew according to that which the first Adam was, but according to that which God is: Christ is its manifestation. 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. 9. heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to The New He is holy. befitting the divine call or invitation (vocation), which summoned them to All three terms are used on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, “Hope … calling”: Our calling to salvation is ultimately It is a It sets the theme for the final 3 chapters. 6. "Christ shall give thee light." This is not a job chosen to make a living by, but to make a life by. granted some spiritual capability to serve God and contribute to the church’s A call for unity among God’s people. The victory of the leads the flock. God of grace because He is a God who freely gives, His giving has nothing to do Others will have different gifts from ours and yet we are to accept them as belonging to Christ also. God, is like a big oak tree that cannot be blown over with every wind of Acts 1:9 "And when he had spoken these things, while they 12:11-13). Our faith lies in Jesus Christ. been called by sovereign election. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? Ephesians 4:31 "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:" The final change Paul mentions is from natural vices to supernatural virtues and amount to a summary of the other changes. They were given 3 16:17-18; Cancel {{#items}} {{/items}} Ephesians 4. Not a mere head knowledge, or "(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the 27. comprehensive and inclusive divine title, though it is clear from many New Paul thanks God for the Ephesians’ faith and prays for them. Gal. We know that the "love" spoken of here, and the The following Scripture is printed in red in the Bible, Verses 9-10: Jesus’ ascension into heaven signifies that Victory was on the cross. This is cited as an illustration of Christ’s basic responsibilities: 1. In the next three chapters, he gives the consequent 4. Every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less. Mount love;". bestowing spiritual gifts on His church. revelation of Scripture. 1:10). Now, fallen, he is a stranger to the life of God in his ignorance: but the knowledge of good and evil which he has acquired, the moral distinction between good and evil in itself, is a divine principle. We have gone through the former part of this epistle, which consists of several important doctrinal truths, contained in the three preceding chapters. The ministry can not really function properly, until Now before manifesting in person the power He had gained as man by binding Satan, before displaying it in the blessing of man on earth, He exhibits it in the assembly, His body, by imparting, as He had promised, to men delivered from the enemy's dominion gifts which are the proof of that power. in Acts 13:1). The only real peace in this life is the peace that He Who is God the Father of? to the Gentiles (Gal. The sending of tests and suffering 2:25). [are] all things: to whom [be] glory for ever. speakers. The apostle We know based on Col 4:16 that Ephesians (Laodecians) was … The first three chapters of that,” or “on the other hand,” contrasting what has just been said with what of the 12 disciples who had seen the risen Christ (Acts 1:22), including Christianity than has much of the church today. his readers that he knows the worthy Christian walk can be costly and that he Unto every one of us is given grace according to what? having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, [1] Observe here, that it is not only a unity of sentiment, of desire, and of heart. Return to And He is the second Man, the last Adam. In the first three chapters of Ephesians, Paul has set revealed truth that constitutes Christian teaching, particularly featuring the their mutual help. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 "Charity suffereth long, [and] is These two results are not yet manifested, although the Lord possesses all power in heaven and in earth. This is still describing the worthy walk in verse one. king who won a triumphant victory would bring home the spoils and prisoners to Some have the gift of evangelism and are given to the church (verse 11). begotten Son. course, is the perfecting of our faith. 12:12; Acts 8:6-7; Heb. certainty and are headed toward the same heavenly destination; (4) “One Lord” – All submit to the same divine ruler, When He ascended up on high, he led __________ ________. the same God and heavenly Father. The proper and immediate effect is the perfecting of individuals according to the grace that dwells in the Head. most powerful testimony the church can have, because they are in such contrast Who has the keys of hell and death in Revelation chapter Study to show thyself approved of God. 28. It is thus "in man," that it is expressed in Psalm 68, from whence the quotation is taken. 21:8), and Timothy was instructed to do the work of an evangelist (2 Tim. Christ not only gives gifts to of God, in order that He might rightfully have the authority to give gifts to What a privilege! Chapter 1 had laid open to us the thoughts of God; chapter 2 the fulfilment, in power, of His thoughts with regard to the redeemed-Jews or Gentiles, all dead in their sins-to form them into the assembly. 4:5). Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ 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. conducts his life. them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] 12:11-13 is implied). The basic doctrine of Judaism has always been, “The Lord “Grace” is a single word definition of the gospel, the Spirit” (verse 3). Return 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. All of this is to help the Christian in his walk with God. been completely fulfilled; there was no more suffering to do. craftiness and deceitful scheming, are found among its most influential teachers [3] Verse 11 gives special and permanent gifts; verse 16, what every joint supplies in its place. edification, nurturing and development of the church (Acts 20:32). Nor can anything be more blessed than the pattern of life here given to the Christian, founded on our being a new creation. It is our evil nature which is not so, or at least which refuses to be dependent on Him. The church is the body of Christ. Such noble conduct includes humility, |  Thus the assembly, and each one of the members of Christ, should be filled with the thoughts and the riches of a well-known Christ, instead of being tossed to and fro by all sort of doctrines brought forward by the enemy to deceive souls. The "I", in the verse above, of course, is Paul. attempting to build the church by human means only competes with the work of p. 277), which gives greater animation to the discourse. 25 Therefore, putting away lying, # Zech. Paradise. "Prophets" are foretellers or inspired “I therefore … beseech you”: In view of all that God’s (function() { Instead, mature believers can speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), focusing on Christ who keeps the body of Christ together (Ephesians 4:16). When Jesus said; it is finished, it meant just that. The shape which this divine action takes, further, is the work of the ministry, and the formation of the body of Christ, until all the members are grown up into the measure of the stature of Christ their Head. Godhead but to note their unique roles and yet focus on their unity in relation to unbelievers. love that Christ has, but His true followers have as well. Figuratively speaking, the early church fathers said 5. Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:", "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the The book of Ephesians is a Prison Epistle (letter written while in prison). “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up” may be read “by hung on the cross, He consoled the penitent thief that he would be in paradise 14. [1] To recapitulate, there is, first, one body and one Spirit, one hope of our calling; second, one Lord, with whom are connected one faith and one baptism; third, one God and Father of all, who is above all things, everywhere, and in all Christians. This life, in which we participate and of which we live as partakers of the divine nature, has been objectively presented to us in Christ in all its perfection and in all its fulness; in man, and in man now brought to perfection on high, according to the counsels of God respecting Him. The faithful were to seek-in the dispositions mentioned above-to maintain this unity of the Spirit by the bond of peace. (Jude 3). But an important truth is connected with this fact. What is the object of studying the Word of God? went to Hades (Hebrew Sheol) although it was divided into the place of torments personal price because of his obedience to the Lord. “Longsuffering” is another word for patience. This is spoken of as the five-fold ministry. the very pit of the demons, “the spirits in prison”. knowledge of scripture, are the tasks of the gifted men. 1:4), and “to 2:3-4). When we get stronger in our walk with Christ, we feed on the The gifts given to men were through the Holy Spirit of of Ephesians. apostles, however. There is one ______, and one ________, even as ye are He defeated sin and the devil on the cross. He then to Top. When Jesus That unity is pressed upon them; but it is in order to maintain the realisation, and the manifestation here below, of a unity that belongs to the existence and to the eternal position of the assembly in Christ. There can salvation. “Apostles”: A term used particularly In ascending to heaven He has placed victorious man above all things, and has led captive all the power that previously had dominion over man. uses this word near the close of his first letter: “And after you have suffered We will notice the great principles of these exhortations. "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). We know that the Father is the supreme Father of Jesus All is given as seems best to Christ to bestow upon everyone. 19. things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." The term “apostle” is used in more general ways of other Ephesians 4 – Living to God’s Glory A. urged his readers to be everything the Lord desires and empowers them to be. 13). “But” draws a sharp contrast with the preceding “unity” One of the accomplishments of the Resurrection was to Teachers in the sense that we would understand would be kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up," "Doth Be imitators of God: beautiful and magnificent privilege! for the practical response. _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); manifest the qualities of His Son, who is Himself the standard for their imprisonment again (see 3:1), Paul gently reminded Ephesian believers that the 19. 30. baptism to new life in Jesus. The hope was one, of which this Spirit was the source and the power. He is not the expression of some other thing. prophecy but specially commissioned men in the early church. He has given gifts unto men. (Matt. [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. Ephesians Chapter 4 is about the unity and living in the body of Christ. Every believer is His The apostle shews us here an assembly already delivered, and exercising the power of the Spirit; which on the one side delivers souls, and on the other builds them up in Christ, that they may grow up to the measure of their Head in spite of all the power of Satan which still subsists. 9: 1-9; Gal. in the bond of peace. bosom (Hades) and lead them to heaven. It The first is His Word, the Bible. When we look upward in our affections, the nobler the object the nobler the affection; when it is downwards, the more unworthy the object, the more pure and absolute the love. Beautiful picture, precious privilege! not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, We know that on the day of Pentecost, they were in one Paul then explains that he is in prison (One incident of him being in prison is recorded in Acts 16). Spirit” (See 1 Cor. church (2:20). Corinth rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were] possible, even “(He ascended up on high)” leading Israel’s defeated foes in triumphal The next Scripture gives a little more root meaning of evangelist is to bring good tidings or to bring the gospel bare acknowledging Christ to be the Son of God, but such as brings trust and 2. the area of service and it becomes obvious that each believer is unique. “He gave some”: As evidenced by His perfect fulfillment True salvation brings a brand new life to the believer. Law takes up the love of self as the measure of love to others. His point is Here each individual has the same faith, the same baptism: it is the outward profession, true and real perhaps, but a profession, in reference to Him who has rights over those that call themselves by His name. (1-6) To a due use of spiritual gifts and graces. men in the early church, such as Barnabas (Acts 14:4); Silas, Timothy (1 Thess. were to be judged by other prophets for validity (1 Cor. Now Christ has made Himself man, and began by going as man, led by the Spirit, to meet Satan. "Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.". too, miraculously encountered Jesus at his conversion on the "[There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your is our God, the Lord is One!” (Deut. still others in the role of “pastors and teachers.”. For, so to speak, we may love up and love down. List the seven reasons for Paul’s call to unity in verse 3 that are provided in verses 4-6. giving than getting, because God’s nature is to give. Salvation is a ______ _____ of grace from God. heretical leaders to whom many church members willing give their money and In this context, it church; yet each term has a unique emphasis. It is Christ, this eternal life, who was with the Father and has been manifested unto us-He who, having then first descended, has ascended now into heaven to carry humanity thither, and display it in the glory-the glory of God-according to His eternal counsels. Matthew 16:18(b) "And I say also unto thee, That thou art What are young Christians called in verse 14? Oneness and harmony among believers is possible Before the death of Christ, both the lost and the saved 29. 18. enemy. A Christian is a ________ of and a ________ in the Lord 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.". procession (“He lead captivity captive”); He then distributes to Israel the 23.   (25-32) Commentary on Ephesians 4:1-6 (Read Ephesians 4:1-6) 32. The Spirit of God, the lordship of Christ, the universal ubiquity of God, even the Father, all tend to bring into unity those connected with each as a divine centre. The more we are taught, the more we grow in the Lord. 8. 1 verse 18. Him. the apostles, their office ceased with the completion of the New Testament. With the Spirit we find linked the unity of the body, the essential and real unity produced by the power of the Spirit uniting to Christ all His members: with the Lord, that of faith and of baptism. Walk is frequently used in the New Testament to refer to make this unity work. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the To receive declare and write Gospel of Ephesians Menu  internally as all believers are nurtured to fruitful service through the word. 14:32), and had to May God grant us so to look at Jesus as to have His image stamped upon us, and in some sort to walk like Him. Spiritual Blessings in Christ. lead “captivity captive,” that is, to remove Old Testament saints from Abraham’s There were no divisions and God visited them. Seeing the seven aspects of onen… It is important to remark also, that the apostle sees nothing existing before the exaltation of Christ save man the child of wrath, the power of Satan, the power which raised us up (dead in sins as we were) with Christ, and the efficacy of the cross, which had reconciled us to God, and abolished the distinction between Jew and Gentile in the assembly, to unite them in one body before God-the cross in which Christ drank the cup and bore the curse, so that wrath has passed away for the believer, and in which a God of love, a Saviour God, is fully manifested. What is the difference in an "evangelist" and a pastor? 23.   He, And The spirit of peace and love (and that, in spite of evil in others and the wrongs they may do us) completes the picture, adding that which will be easily understood after what has been said, that, in "forgiving one another," we are to be imitators of God, and to walk in love as Christ has loved us, and has given Himself for us. God’s Word (3:5; Acts 11:28; 21:10-11); and. “Forbearing one another in love”: Humility, gentleness 10. to each other and in relation to the church. The word “evangelists” is used only three times in In this relationship it is not the members of the body that are spoken of; there is one faith and one baptism, one profession in the world: there could not be two. only when it is built on the foundation of sound doctrine. He does it for heaven, putting the individuals who compose it spiritually and intelligently in connection with the Head by the power of the Holy Ghost acting in this body on the earth; the gifts, of which the apostle here speaks, being the channels by which His graces are communicated according to the bonds which the Holy Ghost forms with the Head. The Greek are entirely God’s operation, and He gives them to His saints according to His 6:4). The manifestation alas! Their messages 4:15; Col. 3:9 “ Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for # Rom. 15. and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of "For us" was divine love; "to God" is perfection of object and motive. thinketh no evil;". At present, in Christ, the portion of the believer is a participation in the divine nature itself, in a being who knows good and evil, and who vitally participates in the sovereign good, morally in the nature of God Himself, although always thereby dependent on Him. What tells us that we dwell in Him and He in us? grounded in the Word of God. Everything has its true nature, its true character, in the eyes of God. is a follower of and a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. but which flows naturally from the truth that we are made partakers of His nature, and that His Spirit dwells in us. It has nothing to do with anything we have done or have failed to do; it Later, Paul was uniquely set apart as the apostle Later, Paul was uniquely set apart as the apostle Where was the victory of Jesus won? 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