Welcome to the Geeks Under Grace official Daily Study post for 6/16/15. Here we will share some thoughts regarding Ephesians 4 and a simple prayer related to those scriptures.
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;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
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.
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,
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.
20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
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.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
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.
“with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love” Ephesians 4:2
Ephesians 4:1-6 is an awesome call to action for the church for unity and love. Paul reminds the church in Ephesus that there is only one Father God and that we are all apart of the same body. Paul knows that despite everything that our Glorious God has done for us and through us that we must as people still pursue harmony among each other as we are still imperfect beings capable of making mistakes. We must forgive each other and we must love one another.
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers” Ephesians 4:11
In Ephesians 4:7-16 Paul shares of the incredible structure God has planned for the body of Christ. God has chosen some to be apostles and some to be pastors and etc. to build each other up! Verse 16 shares that every joint supplies meaning that every member of the body can contribute and bless another member.
“and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:24
We spoke shortly of the new man in the first part of this study series. Ephesians 4:17-24 is a section of scripture that speaks to the renewing of your mind and living according to the new nature God has given those who receive it. The new man is the child of God that knows who his true father is (God) and receives His instruction. The new man transforms his mind, he changes the way he thinks to think the way God has taught him to think. He is no longer a slave to sin but picks up his cross and follows Jesus.
Your thought life will, in time, manifest itself into the seen world. Its not a secret even in the secular world that your thoughts have power. Positive thinking will lead to positive decision making just as holding a negative outlook on life will manifest itself into depression and anxiety. As we choose to think on things that are right and holy and pure and choose to reject thoughts of lust and greed, God will renew our minds. With renewed, pure thoughts we can bear good fruit with our actions and deeds.
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32
Paul ends Ephesians 4 much in the way he began it. Thank God for this awesome instruction that approximately 2000 years later is totally relatable to each and every one of us.
Father we thank you for your instruction and your guidance. Father we thank you for your power and your strength to teach us and lead us in your ways. Father we receive your grace and forgiveness for the times we have fallen short and we gratefully receive your help. Help us to renew our minds so that we may be like you.
In Jesus name we pray, amen.
Identify one or two characteristics you appreciate in a fellow believer in your church and encourage them to continue exhibiting that characteristic (ex: My friend Mary is incredibly disciplined in her bible studies and she refuses to engage in foolish talk; I will tell her that I appreciate those characteristics in her).
Question for Today
Reading Ephesians 4, what scripture stood out to you? Can you relate to anything written about in this study? Join the conversation and share below!