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Ephesians 4. Walk worthy of your calling. The Church of Christ. Our Wealth in Christ, Eph. 1-3 One body, the church, 1:22-23; 2:15-16 New condition…new relation, Eph. 2 New revelation…strong faith, Eph. 3 Our Walk in Christ, Eph. 4-6. Ephesians 4:1-6. The Unity of the Spirit.

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Ephesians 4

Walk

worthy

of your

calling

the church of christ
The Church of Christ
  • Our Wealth in Christ, Eph. 1-3
    • One body, the church, 1:22-23; 2:15-16
    • New condition…new relation, Eph. 2
    • New revelation…strong faith, Eph. 3
  • Our Walk in Christ, Eph. 4-6
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Ephesians 4:1-6

The Unity of the Spirit

Bond of Peace

  • Attitudes (4:2-3)
  • Lowliness
  • Gentleness
  • Longsuffering
  • Forbearance
  • Love
  • Endeavor

Worthy Walk

“Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called” (4:1)

  • Basis (4:4-6)
  • One…
  • Body •Spirit
  • Hope •Lord
  • Faith •Baptism
  • God and Father
attitudes of unity
Attitudes of Unity

Ephesians 4:2-3

  • Lowliness: Humility; “a deep sense of one’s littleness”
  • Gentleness (meekness): “broken to the harness”; controlled strength
  • Longsuffering: Slow to anger; does not hastily retaliate
  • Forbearance: To hold up against, put up with, endure
  • In love: Good will toward others that acts in their best interest
  • Endeavor to keep: Diligent exertion to guard, maintain
  • Bond of peace: Uniting principle
god s plan for unity

BODY (Unity of Organization)

  • SPIRIT (Unity of Revelation)
  • HOPE (Unity of Desire)
  • LORD (Unity of Authority)
  • FAITH (Unity of Doctrine)
  • BAPTISM (Unity of Practice)
  • GOD AND FATHER OF ALL (Unity of Worship)
GOD’S PLAN FOR UNITY

Eph. 4:4-6

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God’s “One-derful” Plan For Unity

Ephesians 4:4-6

ONE…UNITY OF...

Body              Relationship                       -Eph. 3:6; Matt. 16:18; Col. 1:18

Spirit              Life                           -Rom. 8:2, 10-11; Eph. 2:18

Hope              Destiny                          -Col. 1:5-6; 1 Pet. 1:3-5

Lord                Authority                          -Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:20-23

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God’s “One-derful” Plan For Unity

Ephesians 4:4-6

ONE…UNITY OF...

Faith              Revelation                          -Jude 3; Acts 6:7; Gal. 1:11, 23

Baptism         Forgiveness                          -Acts 2:38; 8:35-39; Mk. 16:16

God               Worship                         -Jno. 4:24; Matt. 4:10; 1 Cor. 8:5-6

gifts given to keep the unity of the spirit eph 4 7 13
Gifts Given to Keep the Unity of the Spirit, Eph. 4:7-13
  • Grace that saves, 4:7-10
    • Salvation given to each one, 4:7 (1:6-7; 2:5, 7-8)
    • According to the measure of Christ’s gift (offering): Full extent of His sacrifice (Lk. 6:38)
    • Christ “captured” what held us captive: Sin and Death (the cross and the resurrection)
    • He then ascended and is exalted with all power to save sinners, 4:8-10; Psa. 68:18
    • Christ fills “all in all”, 4:10 (1:23, 3)
gifts given to keep the unity of the spirit eph 4 7 131
Gifts Given to Keep the Unity of the Spirit, Eph. 4:7-13
  • Gifts (works) that keep unity and peace, 4:11-13
    • INSPIRED, 4:11
      • Apostles and prophets, Acts 1:8; 1 Pet. 1:21
    • UNINSPIRED, 4:11
      • Evangelists: Proclaimers of the gospel
      • Pastors: Shepherds who feed the flock
      • Teachers: Instructors of the word
gifts given to keep the unity of the spirit eph 4 7 132
Gifts Given to Keep the Unity of the Spirit, Eph. 4:7-13
  • Purpose of these gifts (what they accomplish), 4:12
    • Equipping of the saints (spiritual growth and maturity), 3:19; 4:1
      • For the work of ministry (to serve God and men, Col. 3:24; Gal. 5:13)
      • For the edifying of the body of Christ (the church), cf. 4:16 (3:16-17)
gifts given to keep the unity of the spirit eph 4 7 133
Gifts Given to Keep the Unityof the Spirit, Eph. 4:7-13
  • Unity is accomplished, 4:13
    • The Unity of the Faith
      • It exists and we are to attain it, Jude 3 (Eph. 4:3)
      • Complete revelation, leading to a mature body that knows Christ, 3:3-4; 4:20-21
      • The fullness of Christ is attained in the body of Christ by means of “the faith” (the truth, the standard of His fullness)
duration of the gifts and their effects on unity eph 4 13
Duration of the Gifts and their Effects on Unity, Eph. 4:13
  • Continue as long as Christians need to attain maturity, 4:13 (1-3)
    • These gifts are not the miraculous spiritual gifts that ended, 1 Cor. 13:8-10
  • These gifts endure so the church can be united and mature, 4:12-13
the results of christ s gifts on the church eph 4 14 16
The Results of Christ’s Gifts on the Church, Eph. 4:14-16
  • No longer children, 4:14
    • Vulnerable to false doctrine and deceit
      • Fraud, sophistry and plots of the wicked
  • Speaking the truth in love, 4:15
    • Grow up in all things into Christ, our head
    • Body is formed and fashioned to Him
      • Each member doing his/her part
      • Growth of the body…Edifying itself in love
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Ephesians 4:1-16

The Unity of the Spirit

Growth

in Love

(4:13-16)

Grace and

Gifts (4:7-12)

Bond of Peace

  • Attitudes (4:2-3)
    • Lowliness
  • Gentleness
  • Longsuffering
  • Forbearance
  • Love
  • Endeavor

Worthy Walk

“Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called” (4:1)

  • Basis (4:4-6) One…
  • Body •Spirit
  • Hope •Lord
  • Faith •Baptism
  • God and Father