Mar 29, 2020. Ephesians 4:15-19

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BODY BEAUTIFUL. EPH. 4:15-19. 3/29/20. AM. #16.

Ephesians 4:15-19 [New King James Version (NKJV)]

15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. 17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

  • The dual manifestations of the believer
    • A believer manifests himself with 2 main traits:
      • Integrity (honesty, truthfulness, genuineness)
      • Love (charity, generosity, compassion, empathy)
    • “Speaking” the truth is a mistranslation
      • Lit., doing the truth or dealing truthfully
      • Being honest in one’s dealings with others
      • Sometimes dealing truthfully involves hiding facts (Egyptian midwives, Rahab, Samuel)
      • Honoring God’s will & ways (doing right)
    • Motivation is love
      • John 3:16 God’s love for us
      • II Corinthians 5:14 the love of Christ working through us
      • Showing love to saints, strangers, & enemies
    • Lovingly dealing truthfully could involve encouragement, charity, admonition, or even rebuke (I Thessalonians 5:14)
    • Philippians 2:3 integrity empowered by love = mode of operation
  • The body of Christ
    • Assembly of believers = called body of Christ (Ep. 2:16)
      • I Corinthians 12:12-26 compared to human body
      • Should function as a fit human body does
    • Description of the church body:
      • Knit together (compacted; connected)
        • Used in II Peter 3:5 as the earth being made to stand together out of the water (Gen. 1)
        • Properly put together in form & function
        • The Lord puts each part in the right place
        • Body parts are designed to be connected
      • Every joint supplies what is needed
        • In human body, the arms, legs, heart, eyes, ears, etc. are supplying rest of body
        • Each function supports the rest of body
      • Effective working = accomplishes the will of God
        • Each part has a specified function
        • Each part shares its own load
        • When parts of the body don’t share own load, the entire body suffers
    • Three results of the body of Christ working together:
      • Spiritual growth in the body (kingdom expands)
      • The body us self-edifying (built up in knowledge, worship, fellowship, ministry, outreach, prayer…)
      • The body = empowered by love of God (Jn. 13:34)
  • Not to walk like other Gentiles (unbelievers)
    • Description of traits of the unsaved:
      • Futility of mind (vanity, useless, worthless)
      • Understanding is darkened = no knowledge of the truth, loving evil; no desire for light of Lord
      • Alienated from life of God = strangers to spiritual
        • Life of Christians = baffling to them
        • We are a subculture in a fallen world
      • Ignorant (no knowledge) = don’t know about God or the Bible, or church (2 Pt. 3:5 willfully ignorant)
    • Results: past feeling (hard-hearted = porosis of the kardia) or petrification of the heart; abandoned to lewdness (indecent, debased, perverse); full of uncleanness (filthy, impure), greedy (self-indulgent)
    • The believer has a new nature that suppresses old one

Key verse:  I Corinthians 12:12-26

12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

Mar. 22, 2020. Ephesians 4:11-14

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DIVINE JOURNEYMEN. EPH. 4:11-14. 3/22/20. AM. #15.

Ephesians 4:11-14 [New King James Version (NKJV)]

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,

  1. The functions of God’s gifts
    1. Paul states that God gave 3 kingdom expansion gift types:
    1. (1) apostles, prophets  (2) evangelists  (pastors and teachers)
    1. REVELATION GIFTS – apostles and prophets were given to the church to reveal God’s plan, the Gospel, church doctrine, church organization, and end times events
      1. The apostles (lit., sent ones on a mission) were the initial evangelists and church planters
      1. Apostles laid the foundation of the church
      1. Some apostles wrote NT Scripture (Matthew, John, Paul, Peter)
      1. Some associates of the apostles also wrote Scripture (Mark, Luke, James, Jude)
      1. Prophets were proclaimers of the Word and at times prophesied as led by the Spirit
    1. HEARKENING GIFTS – after the apostles laid the foundation the gospel was proclaimed by evangelists, missionaries, and church planters (still present today)
    1. DISCIPLING GIFTS – pastors and teachers were given to maintain, grow, and instruct church members
      1. Due to the Greek sentence structure, some teach that pastors and teachers are the same, but they are separate elsewhere
      1. Pastors (shepherds) watch over God’s flock by instructing, admonishing, caring, and equipping
      1. Teachers instruct the flock in God’s Word and way
  2. The objectives of gifts
    1. Three goals: (1) equipping  (2) working  (3) edifying
    1. EQUIPPING – lit., “to put things right”
      1. Used in setting a broken bone or mending a net
      1. Used in properly building a structure
      1. To training God’s people to use their gifts and calling to further the kingdom of God
      1. Pastors, elders (1 Tm. 3:2), and teachers are to guide saints in using their gifts to serve God
    1. WORKING – we obtain our word “energy” from this word
      1. Serving God is active, not passive
      1. Everyone is to work in the ministry
    1. EDIFYING THE BODY – to build up the body (encouragement, admonishing, comforting, and fellowship)
      1. HEBREWS 10:19-25 – ministry is not a solitary activity, but teamwork toward 1 goal (1 Chronicles 12)
      1. Hebrews 13:7,17; 1 Thessolonians 5:14 body = self-sustaining
  3. The results of the working out of the gifts in the body
    1. Unity of the faith (a united purpose led by Lord)
      1. Strife in the body shows immaturity and infiltration
      1. Philippians 2:3 working together with and for one another
    1. Knowledge of the Son of God
      1. II Peter 3:18 must ever be growing in knowing about the Lord intimately and objectively
      1. Philippians 3:14 none reach full knowledge of Him
    1. Perfection (telios) = maturing of believers
    1. Coming to full stature (metron) or development in Christ
  4. Consequences of God’s gifts
    1. No longer children (Hebrew 5)
    1. No longer unstable (James 1:5) – vacillating in walk
    1. No longer succumbing to men’s clever trickery and cunning craftiness (deceitful plotting against Lord)
  5. The work of the Lord is purposeful, empowered, and vital

Key verse: 

Hebrews 10:19-25 [New King James Version (NKJV)]

19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Mar 15, 2020. Ephesians 4:7-9

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Ephesians 4:7-9 (New King James Version [NKJV])

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says:

“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”

(Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?

Mar 8, 2020. Ephesians 4:1-6

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Ephesians 4:1-6 (New King James Version [NKJV])

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Mar 1, 2020. Ephesians 3:14-21

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Ephesians 3:14-21 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Feb 23, 2020. Ephesians 8:8-13

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Ephesians 3:8-13 New King James Version (NKJV)

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. 13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Feb. 16, 2020. Ephesians 3:1-7

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Ephesians 3:1-7 New King James Version (NKJV)

For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles— if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.

Feb. 9, 2020. Ephesians 2:11-18

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Ephesians 2:11-18 (New King James Version [NKJV])

11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Jan 26, 2020. Ephesians 2:4-7

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Ephesians 2:4-7 (New King James Version [NKJV])

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.