25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. (25-32)1-6 Nothing is pressed more earnestly in the Scriptures, than to walk as becomes those called to Christ's kingdom and glory. No longer flatter or deceive others. (7-16) To purity and holiness. 17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind. God made us for a reason which is to show his love. Must not we then urge the distinction between real and nominal Christians? Chapter 1 includes a brief introduction (Ephesians 1:1–2) followed by two key sections. Exhortations to mutual forbearance and union. ( K) in his sight. And to take heed of the sins practised among the heathen. 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 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: 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; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. «Previous Chapter Next Chapter» Ephesians 4 (King James Version) 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; (17-24) And to take heed of the sins practised among the heathen. Chapter 4.Ephesians 4:1-32 INTRODUCTION (Ephesians 4:1-10).With this chapter the second part of the letter begins. They had a dislike and hatred to a life of holiness, which is not only the way of life God requires and approves, and by which we live to him, but which has some likeness to God himself in his purity, righteousness, truth, and goodness. First, Paul describes the spiritual blessings which believers have in Christ (Ephesians 1:3–14). Ephesians 4:1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.). Ephesians 1:4 "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:" Verses (4 to 6b), reveals the past part of God’s eternal plan in forming the church, the body of Jesus Christ. The truth of Christ appears in its beauty and power, when it appears as in Jesus. His plan is shown is seven elements: 1… This includes humility, gentleness, patience, and love (Ephesians 4:2). God forgives us, though we had no cause to sin against him. καθότι, which is used in the NT only by Luke and means both “according as” and “because”; and the Attic καθά, καθό, for which, indeed, καθώς is occasionally used in classical Greek, at least from Aristotle’s time. They must labour, not only that they may live honestly, but that they may have to give to the wants of others. Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ. On Ephesians 4:14 The Word of God is God and not for any private interpretation (2 Peter 1:20).If it records in Revelation 12:9 that this whole world has been deceived, it did not speak of a particular country, group of people, person or religion, it meant the whole world. The more a man finds himself drawn out to improve in his station, and according to his measure, all that he has received, to the spiritual good of others, he may the more certainly believe that he has the grace of sincere love and charity rooted in his heart.17-24 The apostle charged the Ephesians in the name and by the authority of the Lord Jesus, that having professed the gospel, they should not be as the unconverted Gentiles, who walked in vain fancies and carnal affections. 6 and one God and Father of all, over all, through all and within all.. 7 On each one of us God's favour has been bestowed in whatever way Christ allotted it.. 8 That is why it says: He went up to the heights, took captives, he gave gifts to humanity. Alms, to be accepted of God, must not be gained by unrighteousness and robbery, but by honesty and industry. I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye … 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. • In chapters 4-5, Paul encourages the believer to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling”. They had all one faith, as to its object, Author, nature, and power. God hates robbery for burnt-offerings.29-32 Filthy words proceed from corruption in the speaker, and they corrupt the minds and manners of those who hear them: Christians should beware of all such discourse. Further amplification of ὁ εὐλογήσας κ. τ. λ. on to Ephesians 1:14. who has blessed us in the heavenly realms. 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Chapter. This teaches that as sin, if yielded unto, lets in the devil upon us, we are to resist it, keeping from all appearance of evil. We must forgive, as he has forgiven us. Unity in the Body of Christ - I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. The body will be redeemed from the power of the grave at the resurrection day. Ephesians 1:4. God chose to have a holy people for the good pleaure of His will. (I have a book coming soon please subscribe). Provoke not the holy, blessed Spirit of God to withdraw his presence and his gracious influences. Those who will not work, expose themselves to temptations to steal. 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 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; # 1:4,5 Or sight in love. God's children are growing, as long as they are in this world; and the Christian's growth tends to the glory of Christ. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 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 … 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 1:2 before the foundation of the world, that we should # Luke 1:75 be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 # Acts 13:48; (Rom. This sets forth the principle of love in the heart, and the outward expression of it, in a humble, courteous behaviour. The hope of our calling (Ephesians 4:4) is the hope which those called by God to serve Him may cherish. It is the duty of Christians to seek, by the blessing of God, to bring persons to think seriously, and to encourage and warn believers by their conversation. The plan for salvation was also established before the foundation of the world that whosoever repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to make them into the image and likeness of Christ and endure unto death in His truth and righteousness, shall be partakers of the heavenly calling and receive adoption as the Sons of God. ( J) to be holy and blameless. Sinful desires are deceitful lusts; they promise men happiness, but render them more miserable; and bring them to destruction, if not subdued and mortified. 4 There is one Body, one Spirit, just as one hope is the goal of your calling by God.. 5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,. “[There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;” “One body”: … 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 4 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. Eph 1:4 According as. 1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” Take heed of anger and ungoverned passions. The criteria for being His chosen is "To Have Faith In His word" according to John 1:14. Cancel {{#items}} {{/items}} Ephesians 4. In Ephesians 1:1-23; Ephesians 2:1-22; Ephesians 3:1-21 Paul has dealt with the great and eternal truths of the Christian faith, and with the function of the Church in the plan of God. ( H) with every spiritual blessing in Christ. … Paul said they were chosen by God to be adopted by Jesus as He redeemed them from their sins with His sacrifice on the cross. To a due use of spiritual gifts and graces. καθώς] even as, denotes that that εὐλογεῖν has taken place in conformity with the fact that, etc., and is consequently argumentative; see on 1 Corinthians 1:6; John 13:34. Christians understand that we can't be a holy people without the indwelling presence of the Holy Ghost nor can we be a loving people without God's Spirit because it's He who sheds His love abroad within our hearts (Romans 5:5). 5:16; Ephesians 6:4 Or Parents; Ephesians 6:23 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family. The corrupt nature is called a man; like the human body, it is of divers parts, supporting and strengthening one another. In love 5 he. Ephesians 1:4 "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." Only believers will be partakers of the Son-ship (Philippians 2:15)(Matthew 5:10). Holiness is the proof that a church is a chosen church. In Ephesians Chapter 1, Paul told the people that they should all be holy and free from blame as they were in Jesus’ mercy and had His love. By lowliness, understand humility, which is opposed to pride. "Even as", in the Revised Version. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. The first part of the chapter (Ephesians 4:1–6) begins a new section in which Paul urges his readers to live according to the calling they have received as believers (Ephesians 4:1). 2:12 walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit # Col. 3:14 in the bond of peace. God chose them that they might be holy. Our God-Given Blessings (Ephesians 1:3) Ephesians 1:3. 1:4 As he hath chosen us - Both Jews and gentiles, whom he foreknew as believing in Christ, #1Pet 1:2|. That we should be holy. The Godhead determined before the foundation of the world that the people of God would be holy and without blame before Him in love to show forth His grace to the world. Which best represents the problem with the comment? Which statement is NOT part of Paul's teaching about unity. (1-6) To a due use of spiritual gifts and graces. -1 Ephesians 4:1-6, although cast in a hortatory form contain the final summary of the great doctrine of the Epistle--the UNITY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH--in words which have all the glowing freedom of spiritual enthusiasm, and all the clear-cut precision of a creed. 4. In these chapters, Paul teaches that it takes hard work to be in unity with others, and that we are to be “imitators of God” (5:1). Verses 1-32. 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. To purity and holiness. 4 # Rom. 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as # Rom. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, … It belongs to the brethren alone, and proceeds entirely from God ( 1 Corinthians 1:26 ). By meekness, that excellent disposition of soul, which makes men unwilling to provoke, and not easily to be provoked or offended. Take heed of every thing contrary to truth. All is given as seems best to Christ to bestow upon every one. 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. 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not men, on every side, walk in the vanity of their minds? Cf. Overall, the flow of this sentence is that we have spiritual riches from God the Father (Ephesians 1:4-6), from the Son (Ephesians 1:7-12) and from the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). See the contents. Corrupt passions of bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil-speaking, and malice, grieve the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 6:3 Deut. Idleness makes thieves. Not “because,” but “according as,” “in conformity with the fact that”. 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