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Walk Thru The Word: Ephesians 4: 1-6 (ESV) 

Walking worthily of the Spiritual Wealth God Supplies

4There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8Therefore it says,

“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”

9(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth 10He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Message map — Ephesians 4: 4 – 16

Ephesians Session #8

We Minister According to the Gifts Christ’s Grace Measures To Us

Eph 4: 4 There is One Gift giver = One God & Father, One body, spirit & Hope

4There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—

“Hope belongs to our call!” We are called by God Who summons & invites us to hope! into hope — a singular, profound, eternally certain hope!

  1. One body – the mystical Body of christ meaning the Church, the one people of God, which includes members of all denominations, and perhaps many who don’t go to church or belong to anything. (Eph. 5:30, Romans 12:4-6, Heb. 10:25)
  2. Perhaps those who don’t attend or associate, or affiliate are being disobedient according to Hebrews 10:25 “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” If you are not affiliated, associated, attending and participating, you are not fulfilling your gift within the Body of Christ, and as we will see today, God’s primary purpose for gifting Christians is so they can submit and participate by filling their role to help build up the church.
  3. Ephesians 5:30 “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.”
  4. Romans 12:4-6 “4For as in one body we have many members and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them:
  5. One Holy Spirit the 3rd Person of the Trinity (Luke 3:22, Eph 2:18, 1 Cor. 12:4)
  6. Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove.
  7. Ephesians 2:18 For through Him [Christ] we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
  8. 1 Corinthians 12:4 There are different gifts, but the same Spirit.
  9. One Hope = in the Christian sense is joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation from God though Christ Who are worthy of our trust, confidence, expectation because what they promise is sure : (Acts 23:6; Acts 26:7; Romans 5:4; Romans 12:12; Romans 15:13; 1 Corinthians 13:13; 1 Peter 1:3; 1 Peter 3:15)
  10. Acts 23:6 Paul said he was on trial because of his hope in the resurrection of the dead.
  11. Acts 26:7 Paul says “… our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused …!
  12. God wants us to have hope! Romans 5:4; the Holy Spirit works in us to produce “and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,”
  13. Romans 12:12 “rejoice in hope…”
  14. Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
  15. 1 Corinthians 13:13; Love is greater than hope: “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
  16. 1 Peter 1:3; Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
  17. God wants us to share our hope. 1 Peter 3:15 “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,”

Eph 4: 5-6  There is One Gift giver = One God & Father, One body, spirit & Hope

5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 

  1. One Lord – = an owner (master) exercising full exclusive (Exclusive Lord means: There’s only One!” EXCLUSIVE RIGHT: the right or privilege that can only be used by the person who it is granted to. EXCLUSIVE: Logically condition where only one choice can be made, thereby excluding all other choices.(Matt 4:10 & Luke 4:8, Deut. 6:13 & 10:20, 1 Samuel 7:3, Isaiah 30:22) EXCLUSIVE RIGHT: the right or privilege that can only be used by the person who it is granted to.
  1. One Faith for the believer is …
  1. [4102 (pistis) Faith is a focus on a guarantee-er, One Who certifies a Scriptural/Biblical faith is placing our trust in God’s warranty, and certification that the revelation of Christ He in birthed in us will come to pass (His way).
  1. One Baptism = the rite or ceremony of baptism emphasizing sincere repentance. exemplified by submerging, dipping/immersion) God Baptizes Us In Christ, Rom 6:3 and Gal 3:27 and by so doing brings by baptism into fellowship with Christ, into fellowship in his death, by which fellowship we have died to sin, Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3
  2. One baptism = The Baptism initiated by God, administered by different people. These are A) John’s Baptism authorized by God (Luke 20:3-5 & Matthew 21:24-26) what God does to the believer upon his/her sincere repentance Rom 6:3-4 & Gal 3: 26-28) B) Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (Mk 10:38, Lk 12:50) C) 1 Cor. 12: 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 

John’s Baptism was a purificatory/purification rite by which men, on confessing their sins, were bound to a spiritual reformation by which God pardoned their past sins and pre-qualified them for the benefits of the Messiah’s kingdom soon to be set up. 

Note these verses how John’s Baptism was accompanied by division, not a compromising tolerance.

Eph 4: 7  Christ’s Grace Measures Gifts to us

7But grace (God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense) was given to each one of us according to the measure (acceptable apportionment that is enough in each individual case) of Christ’s gift (not acquired by merit or “entitlement.” that highlights the beneficent desire of the giver).

Does this mean …

Eph 4: 8-10  The Resurrected Christ released Captives & Led a caravan to Heaven

8Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high (go up, mount, ascend; of things: I rise, spring up, come up.) he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”

9(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth 10He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Christ did this because …

  1. The Israelites and O.T. converts to Judaism had to have faith that what they were doing was going to lead to salvation. Heb. 4:2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.
  1. Psalm 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
  2. Colossians 2:15 ESV – He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. KJV – And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openl

Eph. 4: 8-10

8Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”

9(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth 10He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) Luke 16: 19-31 

Luke 16: 19-31 Some Are Resurrected To Comfort — Others To Torment    

Luke 16: 19-31 .19 “Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. 20 “And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, 22 and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. 22 “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 “In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and * saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 “And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’ 25 “But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 ‘And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’ 27 “And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house—28 for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 “But Abraham * said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 “But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ 31 “But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

Luke 16: 19-31 The Account of Lazarus & The Rich Man reveals to us the following:

FB Meyer says, Notice that memory plays a conspicuous part in the sorrow of Gehenna; that Christ gives no hope of changing the soul’s habitation; and that we have in the Scripture a more certain agent of spiritual renewal than would be provided by even the apparition of the dead.

Eph 4: 11-13 Christ Gives Gifts for the work of ministry to build up the body of Christ Eph 4: 11-13 Christ Gives Gifts for the work of ministry to build up the body of Christ Click To Tweet

11And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, (Spirit-empowered service guided by faith) for building up (improve for spiritual advancement, edification, constructive criticism and instruction that builds a person up to be the suitable dwelling place of God, i.e. where the Lord is “at home.”) for building up (improve for spiritual advancement, edification, with can include constructive criticism and instruction that builds a person up to be the suitable dwelling place of God, where the Lord is “at home.” in our hearts as His BoC)  the body of Christ,

13until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, e (the completeness of Christian character) to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

Eph 4: 11 (Five-Fold Ministry) These Gifts Accompany Callings

11And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers

apostles, = messenger, envoy, delegate, one commissioned by another to represent him in some way, especially a man sent out by Jesus Christ Himself to preach the Gospel; an apostle.  (I am an apostle of 3D Leadership.)

prophets = an interpreter or forth-teller of the divine will) Usage: a prophet, poet; a person gifted at expositing divine truth. Especially through the spoken-word.”  A prophet declares the mind / message of God, which sometimes predicts the future (foretelling) – and more commonly, speaks forth His message for a particular situation. Prophets are inspired by God to foretell or tell-forth (forthtell) the Word of God.

evangelists, = a bringer of good news.  A missionary, bearer of good tidings.  While every Christian is called to share the Gospel, as part of his/her testimony of what Christ has done for us and means to us, some are especially equipped as evangelist” and can even do so as a vocation, which includes preaching to explain the full message of Christ’s salvation (the whole Gospel).

SHEPHERDS = One whom the Lord raises up to care for the total well-being of His flock (the people of the Lord) 

TEACHERS, = an instructor with mastery in their field of learning; in Scripture, a Bible teacher, competent in theology.  of those who in the religious assemblies of Christians undertake the work of teaching, with the special assistance of the Holy Spirit: 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11; Acts 13:1, cf. James 3:1.

Deductive vs. Inductive Teaching from Daniel Miessler an IT Guy — Security specialist

https://danielmiessler.com/blog/the-difference-between-deductive-and-inductive-reasoning/

Deductive reasoning starts with a theory or idea, and then looks for Bible data to support it.

inductive reasoning starts with observing what is in the Bible, and searches to see if there are patterns of Bible information that provides a composite that could indicate a theme or hypothesis, which if proven, supports a theory or concept!

Deduction gets a perfect conclusion if all premises are 100% correct.

Induction must observe enough Scripture to get composites for sound doctrines, concepts, theories.

The biggest difference between deductive and inductive reasoning is that deductive reasoning starts with a statement or hypothesis and then tests to see if it’s true through observation, where inductive reasoning starts with observations and moves backward towards generalizations and theories.

First, both deduction and induction are ways to learn more about the world and to convince others about the truth of those learnings. None of these terms would mean anything or are useful to anyone if they weren’t used to do something useful, like determining who committed a crime, or how many planets might harbor life in the Milky Way galaxy. Induction and Deduction help us deal with real-world problems.

Deduction moves from idea to observation, while induction moves from observation to idea.

Deduction moves from more general to more specific, while induction moves from more specific to more general.

Deductive arguments have unassailable conclusions assuming all the premises are true, but inductive arguments simply have some measure of probability that the argument is true based on the strength of the argument and the evidence to support it.

All men are mortal. Harold is a man. Therefore, Harold is mortal.

Deduction

This third sentence is absolutely true because (if) the first two sentences are true.

I have a bag of many coins, and I’ve pulled 10 at random and they’ve all been pennies, therefore this is probably a bag full of pennies.  ‘Though there is a high probability that the rest of the coins in the bag are pennies, there is not 10% certainty,

Induction

This gives some measure of support for the argument that the bag only has pennies in it, but it’s not complete support like we see with deduction.

Eph 4: 11-16 Rather Than Being Duped By Deductive Doctrines We Can Be Moored In Maturity by The Ministry of The Word

14so that we may no longer be children (a simple-minded, unlearned, unenlightened people), tossed () to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Eph 4: 16   Maturity = Living Up To Our Capacity that matches the measure Christ Gives Each of Us.

15Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

We are joints, who fulfill our roles and responsibilities in Christ, so God uses us as Joints To Supply Growth

The joints are the points of union where the supply passes to the different members, furnishing the body with the materials required for its growth.

Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablish Us in Our Calls In Christ! 

Let’s Pray:

Thank You, LORD for giving Us the ability to know You, and giving us the capacity to be filled with your love and truth.

Show us the gifts You give us.

Help us to trust You to fulfill Your gifts, and ministries through us. work in us to make us the kind of people who give you glory for the work You do through us!  Amen! 

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