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 4:4-6 There is One Gift giver = One God & Father, One body, spirit, Hope, Baptism
  • Eph 4: 7 Christ’s Grace Measures Gifts to us
  • Eph 4: 8-10 The Resurrected Christ released Captives & Led a caravan to Heaven
  • Eph 4: 11-15 Christ Gives Gifts for the work of ministry, to build Us up To Maturity
  • Eph 4: 16 Maturity is Living Up To The Capacity that matches the measure Christ Gives Each of 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.
  • Matt 4:10 & Luke 4:8 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written “‘You shall worship the Lord your God
  • and him only shall you serve.’
  • Deuteronomy 6:13 & 10:20 “Fear the LORD your God, serve Him, and take your oaths using only His name.”
  • 1 Samuel 7:3 “Then Samuel said to all the house of Israel, “If you are returning to the LORD with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and Ashtoreths among you, prepare your hearts for the LORD, and serve Him only. And He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.”
  • Isaiah 30:22 “So you will desecrate your silver-plated idols and your gold-plated images. You will throw them away like menstrual cloths, saying, “Be gone!”
  1. One Faith for the believer is …
  • “God’s divine persuasion” which is distinct from human belief/confidence), yet involving it. The Lord continuously births faith in the yielded believer so they can know what He prefers, i.e. the persuasion of His will (1 Jn 5:4).
  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).
  • The Faith God in-births in us overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). Reading the Bible inspires us to place Christ as the Preeminent, Singular Lord of our lives. 
  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. 
  • Rom 6: 3-4 (BSB) 3Or aren’t you aware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4We therefore were buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may walk in newness of life.…
  • Gal 3:26-28 26You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.…
  • In the N. T. it is used particularly of the rite of sacred ablution, first instituted by John the Baptist, afterward by Christ’s command received by Christians and adjusted to the contents and nature of their religion (see βάπτισμα, 3), viz., an immersion in water, performed as a sign of the removal of sin, and administered to those who, impelled by a desire for salvation, sought admission to the benefits of the Messiah’s kingdom;.
  • Matthew 3:6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
  • Mark 10:38 “You do not know what you are asking,” Jesus replied. “Can you drink the cup I will drink, or be baptized with the baptism I will undergo?”
  • Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!
  • In context Jesus is saying He is going to cast a Holy Spirit fire on the earth, and instead of what now in the church is popular move toward tolerance, where everything goes, God is going to bring a tenacious discrimination within His believers. Thus Luke 12: 49 – 53 Not Peace, but Division
  • 49“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! 50I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! 51Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

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.

  • Matthew 3:7 (NLT) But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him baptize, he denounced them. “You brood of snakes!” he exclaimed. “Who warned you to flee the coming wrath?
  • Luke 20:3-5 & Matthew 21:24-26 Jesus says John’s Baptism was from Heaven.
  • Matthew 21:24-26; 24“I will also ask you one question,” Jesus replied, “and if you answer Me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25What was the source of John’s baptism? Was it from heaven or from men?” They deliberated among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will ask, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘From men,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all regard John as a prophet.”…(The same episode is recorded in Mark 11:29-31)
  • Luke 7:28-30; …28I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John, yet even the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 29All the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, acknowledged God’s justice. For they had received the baptism of John. 30But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.…

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).

  • preeminently rooting to the Lord Himself as His being is the only ultimate measure of truth.
  • What is measured and apportioned out to us requires a vessel willing to receive what God supplies.
  • The willingness of our vessel determines the quantity we receive of what Christ measures to us. We don’t have to receive our apportioned measure! We must trust God enough to open our lives for Him to increase our capacity to receive, be filled with, hold onto, what God wants to give us.   

Does this mean …

  • “Christ has generously divided out his gifts to us” (CEV = Contemporary English Version)
  • “Each one of us has received a special gift in proportion to what Christ has given.” (GNT = Good News Translation)
  • But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. (NIV = New International Version)
  • “God’s favor has been given to each of us. It was measured out to us by Christ who gave it.” (GWT = GOD’S WORD® Translation)

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 …

  • In The Old Testament people demonstrated faith by participating in the 5 Offerings of Lev. 1-7 which are the 1) Burnt Offering, 2) Grain/Meal offering, 3) Peace offering, 4) Sin offering, and 5) Guilt/Trespass Offering (Heb 4:2)
  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.
  • Christ dies an atoning death, of which every John 3:16, “Whosoever, can become a beneficiary.
  • When buried for 3 days He descends and releases those captive in Abraham’s Bosom, per Peter 3:19, which says “By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;” Jesus foretold this in John 5:25,26, when He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live…
  • Upon His atoning death Matt 27: 51- 53 51And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
  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 

  • In the O.T. you were given the moral law, and the ceremonial law of sacrifices since we couldn’t keep the moral law.
  • Luke 16: 19-31 explains that when someone died during O.T. times, you either went to Hades, a place of torment and fire, or To Abraham’s Bosom, which was a place of comfort. Under the O.T. ceremonial law you could obtain Remission, not Redemption!  You didn’t go to Heaven, because Christ had not yet made the one-time, all-atoning sacrifice for sin. 
  • Christ is buried and descends per 1 Peter 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

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:

  • 19-23 the rich and powerful and the poor will be submitted to the Lord’s judgement.
  • “the account is not to portray that the poor are more virtuous than the rich, and automatically are admitted into Heaven, nor that the rich automatically are Hell bound. 25 Abraham speaks kindly to the rich man, saying “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.”  All of us receive good things from God, such as air to breath, and food to eat, so receiving good in this life is not an indication that in the next life we will receive bad.
  • that “the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom” is to indicate that regardless of our station in life on earth, the saved are transported into God’s care. It also refutes what the Politically Appointed Religious Crowd (PARC) believed, which is in Luke 16:14-15, 14The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
  • Note also: Thayer’s Lexicon says Lazarus means: “him whom God helps. Though Lazarus was a beggar, God cared for Him, and saw that he had his minimum daily needs met. Who relied on God more, Lazarus or the rich man?  Who needed God more Lazarus or the rich man?  Now rich people can rely upon God for wisdom and knowledge as to how to earn money, and for wisdom and knowledge for how to spend it. But in this case, the rich man did not do that.
  • 24 – the unsaved will experience Hades and its torment of agony in flames.
  • Once dead, the decision regarding heaven and hell is made, and it is not going to be reversed. The Bible does not support the concept of purgatory, where one only suffers for a time, and then is released to Heaven.
  • 29-31 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.’” Thus the rich man is not allowed to go tell his family members about their potential impending future in Hell, because Moses and the Prophets — meaning the Word of God is sufficient to achieve the Born-Again conversion experience of John 3: 3-16 that results in salvation. 27-30 — 
  • God does not allow the dead to do His Will and call us to repentance! There are no apparitions or appearances of dead people, proclaimed as saints

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.

  • 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” [Ellicott].
  • 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”) [Alford]. 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!