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 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. 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.

    • keep them tossed on a sea of doubts (Heb 13:9; compare Mt 11:7
    • expressing “the evil atmosphere in which the varying currents of doctrine exert their force” .
    • Falling prey to deductive reasoning that does not start with the Word of God, so one can fall prey to sleight—which is rigged “dice playing.” The player frames his throws of the dice so that the numbers may turn up which best suit his purpose.
    • cunning craftiness, (the use of trickery and cheating) whereby they lie in wait to deceive—Translate as Greek, “craftiness tending to the methodized system of deceit” (“the schemes of error”) . Bengel takes “deceit,” or “error,” to stand for “the parent of error,” Satan (compare Eph 6:11); referring to his concealed mode of acting. Jesus says, Satan is a liar from the beginning.
    • speaking the truth—Translate, “holding the truth”; “following the truth”; opposed to “error” or “deceit” (Eph 4:14).
    • God’s love is not human sentimentality = prompted by passion or feeling
    • “Truth” is never to be sacrificed to so-called “charity”; yet it is to be maintained in charity. Truth in word and act, love in manner and spirit, are the Christian’s rule (compare Eph 4:21, 24).
    • 15Rather, speaking the truth in love, = Spirit-led confrontation where it is vital to tell the truth so others can live in God’s reality rather than personal illusion.

    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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