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EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 02-22-20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph. 4:17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles 9unbelievers)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. (living completely in the sense/soulish realm)

4:17 My most urgent appeal to you in the Lord is this: you have nothing in common with the folly of the empty minded masses; the days of conducting your life and affairs in a meaningless way are over! Mirror Translation

4:18 Their understanding is veiled by an interception of light (an image cast by an object, representing the form of that object) Therefore the life of God remains obscure and foreign to them because ignorance blindfolds their hearts. Mirror Translation

4:19 Having become conditioned to a life distanced from God, calloused in spirit, lust and greed driven, they have totally abandoned themselves to outrageous shameless living. Mirror Translation

Related Scripture:

1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

Points:

1.Darkness causes a Christian to fail to orient to the plan of God. He does not know God’s plan or how it works, and he does not know how he fits into God’s plan.

2.Darkness brings about a failure to orient to the grace of God. The result is arrogance and legalism, lack of forgiveness, lack of graciousness.

3.Darkness causes inner misery, unhappiness, anxiety, lack of peace. These things cannot be compensated for by anything in life, but the negative Christian spends his life in a frantic but futile pursuit of happiness through the details of life.

4.Darkness can bring about neuroses and psychoses – anxiety. Phil. 4:6,7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard [STABILIZE] your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

5. Darkness results in a frantic search for happiness through details of life, or through some form of sublimation.

6. Darkness leads to slavery to the details of life. Sins may grow out of 12 things in life money, success, pleasure, sex, social life, family, loved ones, career, hobbies, health (too much emphasis on the body), status symbols.

7. Darkness leads to apostasy, erroneous thinking, false doctrine in the soul.

8. Darkness is accompanied by a lack of capacity to love, leading to pseudo-love towards God, family, the community.

We teach that our little spirits became darkened by the fall of Adam into the sense realm. He plunged mankind into living by the soulish/sense realism, what we think, see, hear, touch etc.

Scripture is clear about living solely in the sense realm.

1 Corinthians 2:14–15 But the natural [soulish/sensual] man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.

Jude 16-19 These (soulish/sense/carnal persons) are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are [a]sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

I Tim. 6:4-5 he (soulish/sensual person) is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 [b]useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.

Emphasis on Light:

You are the source of all life, and because of your light we see the light. (Psalm 36:9)

“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead it is put on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Now the message that we have heard from his Son and announce is this: God is light, and there is no darkness at all in him. If, then, we say that we have fellowship with him, yet at the same time live in the darkness, we are lying both in our words and in our actions. But if we live in the light—just as he is in the light—then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin. (1 John 1:5-7)

For anything that is clearly revealed becomes light. That is why it is said, “Wake up, sleeper, and rise from death, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14)

However, the command I now write you is new, because its truth is seen in Christ and also in you. For the darkness is passing away, and the real light is already shining. If we say that we are in the light, yet hate others, we are in the darkness to this very hour. If we love others, we live in the light, and so there is nothing in us that will cause someone else to sin. (1 John 2:8-10)

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (Chapter 4) 02/15/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Continued Eph. 4:11-16

Continued from last week:

Ephesians 4:14 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,

The most dangerous life you can live is an ignorant one. You’re left like an infant on a ship out of control in the waves and winds of the storms of life. The fall of the dice dictates while the deceptive teachings of men and their distracting tricks entertain. Mirror Translation

Eph. 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ

4:15 Love (the revealed value that God sees in every man) gives truth its voice. In this atmosphere spontaneous growth is inevitable. The whole person is addressed in Christ who is the head of the body, (pictured as a conductor of music, epichoregeo.) Mirror Translation

Eph. 4:16 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.

4:16 From Him flows the original composition and detail of our design like words intertwined in poetry, they connect layer upon layer to complete the harmony, following the rhythm of His thoughts like footprints. Meanwhile the body thrives and pulsates with the energy of love. Each individual part (portion) finds its full measure there. Mirror
Translation

4:14 The most dangerous life you can live is an ignorant one. You’re left like an infant on a ship out of control in the waves and winds of the storms of life. The fall of the dice dictates while the deceptive teachings of men and their distracting tricks entertain.

4:15 Love (the revealed value that God sees in every man) gives truth its voice. In this atmosphere spontaneous growth is inevitable. The whole person is addressed in Christ who is the head of the body, (pictured as a conductor of music, epichoregeo.)

4:16 From Him flows the original composition and detail of our design like words intertwined in poetry, they connect layer upon layer to complete the harmony, following the rhythm of His thoughts like footprints. Meanwhile the body thrives and pulsates with the energy of love. Each individual part (portion) finds its full measure there. Mirror
Translation

V14 No longer children tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting:

When the church does not have the revelation of the Son of God it grows into doctrines of men which are promoted by things instead than the truth which is promoted through the revelation of God’s son. The church is deficient because it is growing lopsided and being blown around by ever wind of doctrine.

“That we may be no longer children” A transformation must take place. Nepios, literally infants, and other minors that are immature and untaught tossed to and fro dashing or surging waves. In changefulness and agitation the nepio is carried about by every wind of or degree or doctrine. The sleight of men is the element of an evil atmosphere. Instead of growing up into the revelatory knowledge of Christ, we make philosophies, or things the main focus. Doctrines become divine truth. Christian philosophies lead into a false way of Christian life that diverts the nepio fatally from the truth. If we concentrate on things, we shall always be immature. These philosophies pertaining to Christian “things” will not bring the revelation of Christ. The church will not grow up into all things by Christ who is our all and in all. The church becomes messed up. Believers are hurting; the teachers of the doctrines of men become exalted.

V15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ

(seizing the head and through an efficient revelation of Him can the church grow up into Him in all things; the more revelation of the Christ, the more that we can grow up into Him.) That’s why Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the [a]testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of [b]human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

V16 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.

 

 

5- fold ministry is comparable to the joints of the Body. Ministers, themselves, (given by God) supply the whole Body for their work, coordinating each part harmoniously with the whole.

SUMMARY of Eph. 4:11-16

1. When the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven, He gave spiritual gifts to Christians. The Holy Spirit became the Comforter and Teacher of all believers. “And when the Spirit is come, He shall teach you all things.”

2. Some of the gifts are : apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.

3. One objective of the ministry gifts is to bring Christian saints to maturity so that they can do useful work in the ministry of edifying the Body of Christ.

4. Another objective of ministers is to bring believers together in unity, so that every Christian has a working knowledge of the Word of God, can become mature, and become more like the Lord Jesus Christ every day.

5. The purpose is to produce Christians who are no long as gullible and naive as children who can be pushed around by anyone with a smooth line of talk.

6. But the Christian is to learn the truth accompanied by the inner working of the Holy Spirit so that he can grow up into Jesus Christ in all things.

7. When this happens, the whole Body, the Church, is accurately framed together by the additional help supplied by every believer (joint) in the Body.

8. And every part of the body contributes active energy and operating efficiency to the work of causing growth in the Body. That is, the body edifies itself under the care and ministry of the Holy Spirit.

When God said, “Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness…” (Genesis 1:26), the Last Adam- Christ- was the PURPOSE, but the first Adam was the PROCESS.
Consider Paul’s words in Galatians 4:19, “My little children for whom I am again suffering birth pangs until Christ is completely and permanently formed within you!” (Amplified Bible). Here he is speaking of PROCESS with the PURPOSE of Christ being completely formed within. The word he uses that is translated as children, teknion in the Greek, is different than the Greek word nepois used in Ephesians 4:14, “children tossed to and fro” referring to infants. The Greek word huios used in Romans 8:19 which speaks of the “manifestation of the sons of God”, refers to mature sons.

1 John 2:13-14 I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children,(some translations say infants) Because you have known the Father.14 I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.

There seems to be a progression in maturity:

Nepois = infants/little children

Teknion = young men

Huios = mature sons

Patéres=fathers

Phil 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, fas you have always gobeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 2:12 – 13:

1. If we are saved by faith alone, do we need to work out our salvation to be saved?

2. What does Paul mean by “work out your own salvation” (Philippians 2:12)? How are you doing it?

3. What daily habits do you practice to maintain your relationship with God? (prayer, praise, worship, meditation and communion, renewing our mind to the word of God etc.)

I believe that this is the PROCESS of “working out your salvation” (Philippians 2:12-13), in other words bringing that which is already perfected within your spirit to manifest in your soul. (sanctification, growing in grace and faith in the soulish area)

We will continue with Lesson 5 next week.

Ephesians Lesson 5 (Chapter 4) 02/08/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1

Continuing from last week:

From last week:

Eph. 4:11-12 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 [a]edifying of the body of Christ,

Eph.4:13 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;

This week:

Eph.4:14-16 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,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 (by every ministering supplying joint), according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

4:14 The most dangerous life you can live is an ignorant one. You’re left like an infant on a ship out of control in the waves and winds of the storms of life. The fall of the dice dictates while the deceptive teachings of men and their distracting tricks entertain.

4:15 Love (the revealed value that God sees in every man) gives truth its voice. In this atmosphere spontaneous growth is inevitable. The whole person is addressed in Christ who is the head of the body, (pictured as a conductor of music, epichoregeo.)

4:16 From Him flows the original composition and detail of our design like words intertwined in poetry, they connect layer upon layer to complete the harmony, following the rhythm of His thoughts like footprints. Meanwhile the body thrives and pulsates with the energy of love. Each individual part (portion) finds its full measure there. Mirror Translation

FALSE TEACHING AND FALSE TEACHERS

False teaching is also a part of satan’s strategy. The following are some of the characteristics of false teachers:

· They have a false facade. Matt. 7:15; Rom. 16:18.

· They court believers. Gal. 4:17,18; 2 Tim. 3:5,7.

· They appeal to human pride. 2 Cor. 10:12

· They promote idolatry because it is a quick way to demon influence. Hab. 2:18,1

· They promote legalism. 1 Tim. 1:7,8

· The false teachers will continue to operate throughout satan’s rule on earth. 1 John 4:1

We never talk about what is wrong unless we also teach on what is right.

TRUE TEACHERS

Those who teach God’s Word have a heightened responsibility. “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment/justice.” (James 3:1).
The Apostle John says this is priority one.

The first order of business when deciding if someone is a true teacher of God is to discover what they teach about the person of Jesus Christ and the Word of God. They are the same by the way.

Some traits of true teachers:

They tell you what you need to hear

1 Kings 22:8 (KJV) And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man,

Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
Their message always aligns with Scripture

Acts 18:28 (KJV) For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

They Teach the full counsel of God

Acts 20:27 (KJV) For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

They do not seek to please men

Galatians 1:10 (KJV) For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Their message is based on Scripture and they teach what they have applied to their own lives.

2 Corinthians 11:13 (KJV) For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

The true teacher confines their messages to the Scriptures.

They focus on the spiritual aspect of your life

Romans 14:17 (KJV) For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

The message is made clear

Ephesians 5:6 (KJV) Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

1 Corinthians 2:13 (KJV) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
They possess humility when teaching

James 4:10 (KJV) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
They will accept correction when needed

Acts 18:26 (KJV) And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

They accept Scripture for what it teaches

2 Peter 3:16 (KJV) As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

They are portals to the Glory of God

Psalm 29:2 (KJV) Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

A true teacher gives glory to God for the revealing of Bible truths. They know that unless God gives the understanding of the Scriptures.

They realize that they are not the only ones who have the truth

Acts 15:22 (KJV) Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:

We must realize that we are but one stream of truth.

They do not claim any promises outside what the Bible promises

1 John 2:25 (KJV) And this is the promise that he has promised us, even eternal life.

We will continue with Lesson 5 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

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EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 02/02/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

 

From last week:

Eph. 4:11-12  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 [a]edifying of the body of Christ,

Eph.4:13 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;

This week:

Eph.4:14-16 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,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 (by every ministering supplying joint), according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

ALL THE PARTS IN THEIR PROPER POSITION. The joints are the points of union where the supply passes to the different members, furnishing the body with the materials for growth. The joints are the 5-fold ministers.

4:14-16 The most dangerous life you can live is an ignorant one. You’re left like an infant on a ship out of control in the waves and winds of the storms of life. The fall of the dice dictates while the deceptive teachings of men and their distracting tricks entertain.15 Love (the revealed value that God sees in every man) gives truth its voice. In this atmosphere spontaneous growth is inevitable. The whole person is addressed in Christ who is the head of the body, (pictured as a conductor of music, epichoregeo.)16 From Him flows the original composition and detail of our design like words intertwined in poetry, they connect layer upon layer to complete the harmony, following the rhythm of His thoughts like  footprints. Meanwhile the body thrives and pulsates with the energy of love. Each individual part (portion) finds its full measure there. Mirror Translation 

What happens to one who is not mature in Christ. They grow up in Christ or they become victims of false doctrine. This is especially seen in the last generation. We must grow up, we must be edified, and we must edify others in these last days.

How do we edify?

 

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Edify meaning building up. Edify has Latin roots, The Latin noun aedes, meaning “house” or “temple,” is the root of aedificare, a verb meaning “to erect a house. The figurative sense is to instruct or improve spiritually, to instruct and improve in moral and religious knowledge.”

Speak the one true doctrine in love, and then maturity, perfection – will happen!

Colossians 1:27-29 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

 

It is the job of every minister to teach Jesus, and to present to Jesus discipled perfected/matured saints. What type of saints are we presenting to Jesus? Christian perfection in the Word and our natural thinking of perfection may differ, (the word means maturity), but the perfection that the Word talks about is an attainable perfection that we must yearn towards. We may as Paul said, “I have not attained it”, but the hope in us must run towards it as in a race, not so we can boast of anything we accomplished, but it is by His grace. For we are a people that yearn to be with our Father and to be like Him, and to teach others to attain our inheritance found in Christ, which is none other than Christ Himself and everything found IN HIM.

Perfection as you define it, may not be the perfection that the Bible teaches. The statement we make constantly is “Nobody is perfect”. True in that we are not “ALL-KNOWING” as God or “all-powerful” and we never will be, nor should we desire to be; but you are destined to be perfect in regard to being complete IN CHRIST experientially, mature. We re-iterate this point so that our aim in this race will only settle for the finishing line and this point will build a hope in us that will not faint before we cross the line. Why is this so important? There is a time of trouble ahead that will cause many to fall away from the faith.  Of course, this is in the sense/soulish realm; you still have the faith of God in your spirit.

If your hope is in Him and you understand His hope for you then you will not faint – you will run with purpose – you will rely on His grace and ability to perform this word in, YOU! We must not however, define what maturity is except by the Word. Maturity is NOT that we will have TOTAL revelation of ALL God’s word, it is NOT that we will FULLY know all that can be known about God, it is NOT that you will be able to perform ALL that God can perform. It is – You are running YOUR course, with what is revealed to you, with the ability that God told you to build with – perfectly!

As Paul said:2 Tim. 4:7-9 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

  Paul puts the minister and the ministry in its proper place:

1 Corinthians 3:6-7 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

 

 

 

There is nothing a minister can do, except as a servant be obedient to water or plant. It is by grace that, as a minister, we have ability to plant or water. In the natural we are but mere men. How could we know what to plant, how much water to give it, where to plant it, and when to water. To know would make us a god in our own estimation. Except what He tells us, and we obey Him, and all the while, He causes the growth. We have no life in our words except His life, which no man may glory in himself. This is a life that walks in the Spirit and not walking in the flesh.

We are a field that God will send planters and those who water. Please see the way of God here, we are a field, we do not move around trying to find planters, GOD SENDS THEM. If your heart is hungry, God will send his five- fold ministry to you or someone using their ministry gift: you do not have to seek them out. Yes, you may have to GO to buy the book, or GO to the special meeting on a night you normally like to spend relaxing, but God sends them to you. God lets you know about the book, the meeting or the tape. If you are led of the Spirit and have a hunger for Truth in Christ, you will not lack for bread. If this is so, you cannot be factional. Factions come from those who pick and choose their diet, those who hunger not for the Truth in its entirety.

1 Corinthians 3:8-9 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.

In Paul’s analogy or metaphor, He first explains His role as a worker in the field and the listener is the field. Now He changes to another picture or metaphor; that of him being a master builder and the listener as God’s building. What building does God call us? In verse 17 of this passage he answers – You are God’s temple.

1 Corinthians 3:10-11 According to the grace of God, which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

 

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Now Paul continues the analogy with His role as a TEMPLE BUILDER. Paul and the ministers that preached the unadulterated Word after Paul were a type of Solomon the master builder of the Temple of God. It is built by Wisdom. At the start of this passage, Paul makes known that Jesus is Wisdom, and now we see the temple of God being built by Wisdom. We need to know Jesus as our Wisdom and cast off our foolish wisdom. We need to praise and worship Him Who is Wisdom as we approach in humility of mind.

We will continue with Lesson 5 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

 

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) – 01/25/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

 

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph. 4:11-12  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 [a]edifying of the body of Christ,

4:11 What God now has in us is gift wrapped to the world; (the same content and the same intent,) Some are commissioned to pioneer; others are gifted as prophets, some as announcers of good news, some as shepherds with a real gift to care and nurture, and others have a gift to impart instruction through revelation knowledge. (Couriers, communicators, counselors and coaches). Mirror Translation

4:12 Each expression of His gift is to fully equip and enable the saints for the work of the ministry so that they may mutually contribute in their specific function to give definition to the visible body of Christ. Mirror Translatoin 

Eph.4:13 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;

4:13 The purpose of the gifts are to present everyone on par and in oneness of faith; believing exactly what the Son of God believes and knowing accurately what He knows concerning us. Standing face to face in equal stature to the measure of the completeness of Christ. (A life filled to the brim with Christ, like a freight ship carrying its cargo.) Mirror Translation

 

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The Purpose of Ministry Gifts Continued:

There is a five- fold ministry (leaders) which (as found in Ephesians 4:11-16) is the government Hand of God in the earth today. These office/functions, ministry callings come from God and are not elected by man, but are special equippings of the Spirit. These are ministerial offices/functions giftings which are full time ministry calls. Note; they may have full-time or part-time secular jobs as well.

I, rather say functions, since office depicts a lording over the laity. Jesus stated in Revelation that this is the doctrine of Nicolaitans. Rev.2:6, 14-15

Revelation 2:6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

These (ministers/ servant leaders) are assignments and mandates and are life- long callings. Their job description ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD is:

Ephesians 4:11 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, 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.

An analogy  of the 5-fold ministry is in the OT passage of David slaying the giant. 5 stones were chosen by David; the 5 Chosen Stones speaks in part of the Five Ministries of Ephesians 4:11. And He gave some, Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds {Pastors}, & Teachers. They were drawn from the water (CHRIST) and were selected as a team to destroy the giant (the flesh/5 senses)!

 5- fold is a team effort. Individualism is a threat in defeating the giant (the flesh)!   This is being jointly fitted together and being Living Stones, 1 Pet. 2:5 and a Mighty Army, Joel 2:11.

 

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Eph 4:11-16 is a long sentence. Let’s see if we can break it down:

 

  1. The five -fold ministry is called to equip all believers for works of ministry.

 

  1. They are called to the edifying or building up of the Body of Christ at large (all individuals, not just one church or denomination or select group).

 

  1. They promote unity through faith and knowledge in the Son of God, Jesus.

 

  1. This unity causes a perfecting or a maturing — and causes people to look and act more like Jesus and to walk in His anointing and power.

 

  1. The five -fold ministry will also equip people not to be deceived or fooled or tricked or misled by the enemy but will cause them to be wise in this world and able to speak the Truth in love in freedom and liberty and power.

 

  1. As people grow up in Christ, each person does its share with his/her gifting by the Spirit and so we need each other and nourish each other and grow as His workmanship in the Spirit of Love and these ministers will exemplify this.

Integrally intertwined within the PURPOSE contained in these verses is PROCESS. That process is five-fold ministries equipping and activating the saints.  Consider the PROCESS as each gift equips the saints: 
Apostles equipping/mentoring a “sent one” mentality.

Prophets equipping/mentoring vision and revelatory awareness.

Evangelists equipping/mentoring the ability to draw people to Christ.

Pastors equipping/mentoring a caring and concern for others.

Teachers equipping/mentoring sound doctrine and true knowledge.

THIS is what the five -fold ministry of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher is called to do! This is their JOB DESCRIPTION according to THE WORD OF GOD.

Eph. 4:13 – 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 fullness of Christ:

 

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This verse pertains to God’s plan, plain and simple. God’s purpose is for unity of the faith to occur in the church. It will happen. There are some that say “unity of the faith” is that we all get along. Jesus spoke unity that is based on us being complete in Christ. If you are not pressing on to completion, then you are not unified or have knowledge of our Oneness. A gathering or assembly with contrary doctrines is not in unity. Jesus prayed a prayer that we would come into unity and that has happened.

John 17:21-23 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (NIV)

IT IS FINISHED WE ARE ONE IN CHRIST!

 

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How far can we go?

Eph 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. (NAS)

You are to become perfect (mature/complete) which does not stop when Jesus was a babe, or when He was 12 in the temple giving answers, but you have attained when you have reached the FULL stature of Jesus. You have attained when the last stone is set on the temple. You have attained when the tree bears ripened fruit to be eaten by all. You say impossible! We are talking about a place of growth where Paul and Peter and others have already been, a place in God where we are always walking in the Light, always walking in Love, always abiding in Him. God is no respecter of persons, what he does for the one He will do for the other. What God did in Paul and Peter concerning maturity, He will do the same work in you. This is a place where you know the Truth and it totally sets you free.

Our corporate goal, destination, and finish line is “the unity of the faith” for which Jesus prayed—one corporate Man! So, the third dimension of Moses’ Tabernacle, the Most Holy Place, is marked by maturity: the full stature of love and unity (Psa. 133).

Galatians 4:19 My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you,

 

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Eph. 4:11-13 Cross references:

1 Cor. 12:28; Acts 21:8; Acts 20:28; Rom. 12:7; 1 Cor. 12:7; 1Cor. 14:26; Col. 1:24.

We will continue with Lesson 5 next week.

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 01/18/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

 

Eph.4:13 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;

4:13 The purpose of the gifts are to present everyone on par and in oneness of faith; believing exactly what the Son of God believes and knowing accurately what He knows concerning us. Standing face to face in equal stature to the measure of the completeness of Christ. (A life filled to the brim with Christ, like a freight ship carrying its cargo.) Mirror Translation

 

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The role of ministry is to serve and not to lord over. A minister is not to dominate, be prideful, or boastful. We as ministers are to LOVE and SERVE. We are to manifest Him, Who is the Shepherd of His sheep, and yet we are to always remain sheep ourselves. A minister not willing to wash the feet of the people, should go into the desert of the Lord until he is ready to really lead God’s people out of Egypt and through the wilderness and into the promise land.

 

God gave us ministers to perfect us (bring us into maturity), and that word will not return to Him without accomplishing that task or mission as Isaiah declares. No matter how many foxes may have spoiled the vine, God says His vine will produce fruit and He intends on using His true shepherds to do it. SS 2:15; 6:11

 

As my husband always says: “We are not in the ministry, but the ministry is in us!”

 

At times we feel like God’s gifts are more like a curse. This is an area where we must mature. We are never under any obligation to receive any spiritual manifestation, or any word from a minister that the Holy Spirit is not revealing to YOU. Maybe it is just not God and it is bitter water coming forth, or maybe it is not the season for you to receive it. The Holy Spirit NEVER pressures you – He leads, leads you into all truth. John 16:13

 

It is the immaturity of God’s people that has allowed the false Shepherds to teach at their love-feasts. God is saying that this is a day that the blame must be accepted by those that accepted the false doctrine, but I thank the Lord that the hurt we may have experienced because of our immaturity is healed because we serve a merciful God – Who draws near to us as we draw near to Him. James 4:8

 

True ministry always causes completion. They always serve with the result that the body becomes more mature; and they plant and water, that seed grows to fruit bearing. God gets the glory always!!

 

1 Cor 3:7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

 

True ministry always edifies. Edifying means the BUILDING UP of the body of Christ. Eph. 4:29; 1 Thess. 5:11; 1 Cor. 14:12; Eph. 4:16.

 

 

What are we building? The temple of Christ, and God uses ministry to do it. But they are never to be your mediator or go-between. Jesus is your only go-between.

 

Elijah, Elisha and the Mantle, Gifts:

 

What is the mantle that fell from Elijah?

 

In 2 Kings 2:11-14, the mantle passing from Elijah the prophet, to Elisha, his successor, symbolizes the passing of ministry authority: … and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.

 

 When He (Jesus) ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and GAVE GIFTS UNTO MEN. And He [Jesus] GAVE some apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. — Ephesians 4:8,11

 

And God HAS SET SOME IN THE CHURCH, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. — 1 Corinthians 12:28 Of course, there is no ranking order.

 

 

Ephesians 4:11-13 New Life Version -Christ gave gifts to men. He gave to some the gift to be missionaries, some to be preachers, others to be preachers who go from town to town. He gave others the gift to be church leaders and teachers. 12 These gifts help His people work well for Him. And then the church which is the body of Christ will be made strong. 13 All of us are to be as one in the faith and in knowing the Son of God. We are to be full-grown Christians standing as high and complete as Christ is Himself.

 

The mantle as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. For example, in 2 Kings 2:14 Elisha takes the mantle that had “fallen” from Elijah, similar to how Jesus received the Spirit “descending” on Him at His baptism (Matthew 3:16). The audible voice of God in Matthew 3:17 confirms Jesus as God’s chosen servant (Isaiah 42:1). We see a similar “falling” of the Spirit in Acts 8:15–16 and Acts 10:44. It’s only after Elisha takes the fallen mantle that he performs miraculous works (2 Kings 2:142124). The Holy Spirit is the Person who empowers God’s people to do God’s work (Micah 3:8Matthew 12:28Ephesians 3:16).

 

The analogy of the mantle falling when Jesus ascended is this:

 

When Christ ascended, He took His whole ministry mantle, divided it, and gave it in five parts to men and women. All five are needed to perfect, mature and equip the saints “till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of… the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13). The function of these gifts also sometimes called equipping or ascension gifts, and how they fit together can better be understood through the analogy of how a physical hand functions.

 

5- fold ministry- Represented by the Fingers of the Hand

 

  1. The thumb represents the office of the Apostle. The thumb, as it is able to connect with the other fingers.

 

  1. The index or “pointing finger” is represented by the office of the Prophet. For it is the work of a prophet to “point” a people that had known God, back to their God or to “point” to past, present of the future.

 

  1. The middle finger is represented by the Evangelist. The Evangelist is most involved in the building up of the body of Christ, strengthening it, fortifying it… stirring up the Holy Spirit within the body, helping to equip and define those gifts that are within others in the Body.  further into the body of Christ as is typified often by the evangelist traveling from body to body… stirring up the saints for the work they should do.

 

  1. The next finger is represented by the Pastor. A Pastor has such an enduring love for the flock that his gentleness for them carries far beyond the tolerance level the other four fingers have. 

 

  1. The little finger is representative of the Teacher.  Little, not because it is less or least but little, because the revealing characteristic of a true anointed teacher of God is their extreme attention to “detail”; they love detail and they hate missing information or voids where they sense there should be none.

 

 

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We teach that everyone operates in a ministry gift, not all are leaders. In Eph. 4:11-16 we are talking about 5-fold ministry leaders who equip you to do the work of the ministry.

 

I have gift assessments, (ministry gits, motivational gifts, manifestations of Holy Spirit), if you are interested in receiving and taking those. My email is ms_davis@bellsouth.net

 

We will continue with the purpose of ministry gifts and Lesson 5 next week.

 

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by    blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 01/11/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians
 
Chapter 4
 
BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST
 
Ephesians 4:1-32
 
 
Eph. 4:8 Therefore (For this reason) He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.”
 
 
4:8 Scripture confirms that He led us as trophies in His triumphant procession on high; He repossessed His gift (likeness) in man. Mirror Translation
 
 

 

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Taken from-Psalm 68:18 You have ascended on high; you have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, Even from the rebellious, That the Lord God might dwell there.
 
Colossians 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
 
 
Eph.4:9 Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
 
 
 
4:9 The fact that He ascended confirms His victorious descent into the deepest pits of human despair. Mirror Translation 
 
 
 
Eph. 4:10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
 
 
 
4:10 He now occupies the ultimate rank of authority from the lowest regions, where He stooped down to rescue us, to the highest authority in the heavens, having executed His mission to the full. Mirror Translation 
 
 
 

“He led captivity captive” – aorist active indicative of AICHMALWTEUW-This verb means either “to take captives in battle” or “to lead a triumphal procession of one’s own soldiers along with their captives.”

 

The consensus of the commentators which I studied is that this phrase is a reference to Christ leading the believers who had previously died, that is, they died prior to his ascension. This would include all Old Testament believers and those saved during Christ’s lifetime. They have been residing in Paradise (also called “Abraham’s bosom”) until the Ascension of Christ. They are called captives because they do not have a resurrection body yet. They will not have a resurrection body until the second coming of Christ, 1 Cor. 15:51-54.
 

Christ’s body was in the grave, His spirit was in the presence of the Father, and then descended to a region called Hades (Greek) or Sheol, (Hebrew). Some say soul descended.

 

All believers from Adam and Eve up to the Resurrection of Christ, who had died, stayed in one compartment of SHEOL, known as Paradise, or Abraham’s Bosom. Those who died without Christ prior to the Resurrection were sent to Torments.

Prior to the Resurrection of Christ, no human beings were in heaven; all believers checked in to Paradise in the heart of the earth. Reference: Luke 16:19
 

There is also a place called Tartarus which is a residence for certain of the fallen angels (demons) who were involved in the events chronicled in Genesis 6. They are locked up there until the Judgment of the Great White Throne.

Jesus Christ was not in Hell, He was in Hades. At that time, Hades has two divisions, Paradise for the believer, and Torments for the unbeliever. Hell, and the lake of fire and brimstone, is reserved for the future. Rev.20:14 He led captivity captive and led them out.

 
The ministry gifts, which were given by the Lord Jesus Christ, include those mentioned here, that of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher, the five- fold ministry. As a conqueror distributes in token of his triumph the spoils of the foes as gifts among his people. The impartation of ministry gifts (graces) depended upon Christ’s ascension. Christ as Lord of all first took possession of the earth, the unseen spiritual world, then heaven.
 
Acts 2:27-28 For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’
 
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Romans 10:7 or, “Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
 
Revelation 1:18 “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
 
Spiritual Gifts
I. Introduction and Definition.

A. God has a purpose in life for each and every believer.

 

 

1. Life-long purpose (Jer. 1:5; Ps. 139:16; Matt. 6:27).

 

 

2. Short-term purposes (Acts 16:6 Paul is forbidden to go to Asia, Acts 18:19-21; 19:1-41 where Paul bears some of his greatest fruit in Asia).

B. To facilitate the believer’s fulfillment of that purpose, God has provided spiritual gifts.

1. During this present dispensation, the distribution of spiritual gifts is universal. Every Church Age believer motivational gifts- (Rom. 12:3,6)- ministry gifts (Eph. 4:7; 1 Pet. 4:10), gifts or manifestations of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12).

2. During previous dispensations, each and every believer had a purpose in life, or a work-assignment, but the giving of spiritual gifts was not universal. The Spirit of God would come upon a person for a specific time or reason, and then depart just as suddenly (Judg. 3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 14:6,19; 15:14; Num. 11:17-30).
 
3. Spiritual gifts (charisma) are given entirely by grace (charis), and the assignment of one gift versus another gift are not reflections of individual human merit or demerit.
4. Passages which speak of spiritual gifts, and “list” examples of such include Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-31; 13:8-12; 1 Cor. 14 is the application of 1 Cor. 12-13 to the particular circumstances in Corinth, but we gain great principles there as well; 1 Pet. 4:10-11).

a. Peter (1 Pet. 4:10-11) gives the simplest breakdown of gifts when he divides them between communication gifts and service gifts.

 

b. Paul gives more detailed distinctions of gifts. Eph. 4:11-13 should be taken in context with what Paul has already written in Romans 12 and 1st Corinthians. In Eph. 4 and 1 Pet.4. Paul is describing what are often referred to as the leadership gifts: Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, and Pastor- Teacher. I prefer to think of them as the equipping gifts, because they are designed for the equipping of the saints for the work of service (Eph. 4:12).

 
 
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5. The purpose for spiritual gifts.

a. For the common good (of the entire body of Christ) (1 Cor. 1:7).

b. For the equipping of the saints for the work of service, and for the building up of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12).

c. For serving one another (1 Pet. 4:10).

6. Who gives these spiritual gifts? The Holy Spirit is referred to as the giver of these gifts (1 Cor. 12:11). The Lord Jesus Christ is referred to as the giver of the “5- fold ministry/leadership gifts” (Eph. 4:11).  The Father is referred to as the giver of the motivational gifts in Romans 12:6-8. These are delegated responsibilities, of course, because ultimately everything is given by the Father (James 1:17).
 
 James 1:17   Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
  
We will continue with Lesson 5 next week.
 
 The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22
 

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 01/04/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph.4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

4:7 The gift of Christ gives dimension to grace and defines our individual value.  (Grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of the gift of Christ) Mirror Translation

There is a unique grace package designed for each Christian. The aorist tense of the verb “given” shows that there was a time in the past when this grace package was given.  I teach these were given to you from the foundations of the earth. The passive voice shows that we were given this by God.
 

The plan of God for every believer includes:

  • Salvation and the assurance of a glorious eternal future.
  • The opportunity to walk in the Spirit and be occupied with Christ.
  • The opportunity to live in the Word of God, acquire divine wisdom and prudence, and be able to make decisions and solve problems according to God’s divine viewpoint.
  • Peace that passes understanding.
  • A great happiness (joy) that does not depend on circumstances, people, or things.
  • A well laid out “career” of serving God, fulfilling the plan of God, exercising spiritual gifts, prophesying, evangelizing and teaching, producing “gold, silver, and precious stones.”

 

Ephesians 4:8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.”

4:8 Scripture confirms that He led us as trophies in His triumphant procession on high; He repossessed His gift (likeness) in man. Mirror Translation

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Taken from-Psalm 68:18- You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, Even from the rebellious, That the Lord God might dwell there.

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Led Captivity Captive:

Colossians 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Gave Gifts to Men:

I have a course I teach on God-Given Design. Quote from that teaching:

God has given you a unique combination of skills, interests, aptitudes, personality traits, motivational patterns, callings, gifts and talents. He has specially equipped you to be a dynamic minister to and within your family, your job and to the community of faith. You’ll need to discover this by the Holy Spirit’s leading. Your God-given passion which indicates where you should serve – Your God-given gifts which indicate what you should do – Your God-given personal style which indicates how you should serve – Together, they indicate what you do best. (your passion)

When you were given this unique design? The answer should be in all of the Scriptures.

Gen. 1:26, 1 Cor. 11:7, Jer. 1:5, Romans 8:29-30. Eph. 1:4-5, Eph. 2:10, Ps. 139:13-16

 

That’s why the gift and callings of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29) He never takes them back because they were given to you at your creation. (Gen. 1:26) If to be a wise steward of your gifts and abilities, you need to fully understand and appreciate your God-given design. As the Psalm 139:14 states, “…you are fearfully and wonderfully made.” God has given you tremendous responsibility in being a steward (or manager) of your unique design.  It is like your fingerprint, something specific to you as an individual, a person uniquely crafted and gifted by God to perform meaningful tasks of service to Him and to others.

You are uniquely fitted into the Body of Christ.

We will continue with Lesson 5 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by    blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) – 12/28/19

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

 

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph.4:4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;

Eph. 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

Eph. 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

 

4:4 We are identified in one expectation (hope), there is no plan B.  We bear the same surname.

4:5 We are employed by the same Boss, we share the same faith, and our baptism says the same thing (we are equally included in His death and resurrection.)

4:6 There is only one God. He remains the ultimate Father of the universe.  We are because He is. He is present in all; He is above all, through all and in all. (He is not far from each one of us, in Him we live and move and have our being, we are indeed His offspring.  Acts 17:24-28). Mirror Translation

 

 

 

 

The One God over all, in His sovereignty and by His grace.) IN THE APOSTLES CREED-

“as you were called”

The passive voice of the verb indicates that every believer receives this calling from God the Holy Spirit; and the indicative means that this is a dogmatic assertion. Every believer is in one body, elected.

“in one hope” – ELPIS, “expectation; confidence; prospect” G1680 – elpis

“your calling” – the descriptive genitive of the noun “calling”. Being a member of God’s family, the Body of Christ, in your station in life!

 “one faith” – PISTIS-

 Everyone is saved the same way.  Those who have placed their faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ are members of the Church, members of His Body, members of God’s family.
 

THE BODY OF CHRIST-Each member of the Trinity is related to the Body of Christ. God the Father places Christ as the Head of the Body.

 Eph. 1:22,23 “And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.”

 Col. 1:18,19; Eph. 5:23,24- The Holy Spirit forms the Body of Christ and sustains the Body.

 1 Cor. 12:12-14, “For as the body in one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Greeks, whether we be bond or free, and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.” See also1 Cor. 6:15; 6:19,20.

 

 

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Christ is the Savior of the Body

 Eph. 5:23, “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church; and he is the savior of the body.” Eph. 5:25,30.

 Christ is the Sanctifier of the Body.

 Heb. 2:11, “For both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one, for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.”

 Heb. 13:12, “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.”

 The Body of Christ participates with the Lord Jesus Christ in tactical and strategic victory over satan and his forces of evil.

 Eph. 1:22,23, “And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.”

 

 

Every Christian is a member of the Body of Christ. The Body includes Gentile believers and Jewish believers.

 Ephesians 3:16, “And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.”

 The Body of Christ is the recipient of many spiritual gifts.

 Rom. 12:4,5, “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”

 1 Cor. 12:7,8, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit. For to one is given, by the Spirit, the word of wisdom, to another, the word of knowledge, by the same Spirit…”

“one baptism” (Here we are talking about baptized into Jesus, all placed in the Body of Christ))

This is a good place to study the doctrines relating to baptism. There are actually seven types of baptism mentioned in the Bible, including the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It’s important to be able to distinguish among the types of baptism and to know which type is being discussed in a particular context.

 Four of the types of baptism mentioned in the Bible are real baptisms and three are ritual /symbolic baptisms.
 

Real Baptisms

The Baptism of Moses
The Baptism of the Cross (or Cup)
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The Baptism of Fire

Ritual Baptisms

The Baptism of John
The Baptism of Jesus
The Baptism of the Christian Believer

Since the scope of the immediate context shows Paul is writing of the spiritual unity of the church, this reference to baptism has no bearing upon the mode of Christian baptism. In the same manner as there are expressly stated to be two circumcisions, one with hands, which is the sign (Ro 4:11) of the real, made without hands (Ro 2:29. Col 2:11).

Scripture teaches there are at least two baptisms: ritual baptism with water, and real baptism by the Holy Spirit. Since ritual baptism is the mere symbol of real baptism, the “one baptism” of this passage must refer to real baptism, by which we are all placed in the one body (1 Co m12:13). Paul is not contradicting himself or the rest of Scripture when he speaks here of one baptism, since there is only one real, spiritual baptism which places all believers into the one body.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

 

 

We will continue with Lesson 5 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by    blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 12/21/19

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph.4:3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

4:3 Being vigilant to guard your oneness of spirit.  We are prisoners of peace.  We confirm the fact that there is only one body, also that there is only one Spirit. Mirror Translation

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Endeavoring” – present active participle of SPUDADZW, “to hasten; to be zealous; to be diligent”.

The concept of unity is brought up again in 4:13 and the following verses. Unity among people comes about when there is unity of thinking. It is edification and Christian growth that causes believers to be unified in their thinking, because the content of every person’s thinking is the same, the Word of God. Without the unity of thinking that comes about through learning Bible truth, everyone is free to think independently. This results in a lack of unity.

The word “unity” here refers to a common essence, to the characteristics we share as members of the family of God, the Body of Christ, the things listed in verses 4 to 6.

An illustration of unity of thinking and purpose is found in the OT in Gen. 11 with the building of the Tower of Babel (they are one and nothing that they have proposed to be shall be impossible to them.

Gen. 11:6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.”

 

Also, in the OT books of Ezra and Nehemiah, where the Jews under Zerubbabel rebuilt the temple and the wall with tools and weapons in hand. (one guarding, one building) Neh. 4:16

Related Scripture:

1 Peter 3:8, Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.” In this verse there are four chief characteristics of Christian unity.

1.”having compassion” – SYMPATHEIS, “suffering with”. The English word “sympathy” is a transliteration of this Greek word. This is the ability to share with another person because of understanding in the spiritual frame of reference. Bible truth can be communicated because of knowledge of what the other is going through and how to help. One believer can think when another is not able to think; this is a great help when someone is going through a time of great stress.

2.”love as brethren” – PHILADELPHOS- literally ‘One who loves one like his/her brother/sister, This is rapport love, and it grows as the Christian grows, through edification. It is rapport and compatibility between two or more believers based on applied truth in the soul.
3.“pitiful” – EUSPLAGTHNOS. Literally, “happy innards”, therefore “good emotions”. The word “pitiful” in the KJV times (early 17th century) carried this meaning of sympathy and “having pity”, but the English word carries an unhappy, unpleasant connotation today. The ability to have good feelings is the result of “mind over emotions”, Bible doctrine leading the thinking so as to produce good feelings, in this case, towards others. Paul said  to King Agrippa “I think myself happy.” Acts 26:2

4.“courteous” – TAPEINOPHRON”lowly-minded,” humble minded, a mental attitude of graciousness.

Unity- We are already One in Christ Jesus. We must just wake up to this truth and act accordingly.

 

Body of Christ – The Unit

The Body of Christ, like all bodies, is comprised of many parts. There are joints (leaders) limbs, organs, and various members that, when left alone, are useless, but when assembled make up the entire body. 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 describe it like this: “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So, it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.” 

Related Scriptures:

1 Corinthians 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

 

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Acts 2:1When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

 

With One Accord Meaning:

Notice, it is “with one accord”, not in one accord. (the old Honda joke!)

Definition: If a number of people do something with one accord, they do it together or at the same time, because they agree about what should be done. Synonyms: unanimously, without exception, by common consent, united.

This is unity of the Spirit.

Jesus prayed in John 17 that the Body of Christ would be united with the Godhead in the same way that He Himself is united with His Father.

John 17:21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

The implication is that when people see us, they have seen the Father. And if they don’t believe us on account of our words, they should believe us on account of our works, because we are to do greater works than Jesus did. That is the kind of unity that will cause the world to know that the Kingdom of God has come!

 

That prayer has been answered. We are One!!

(Eph 1:22-23) And He has put all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

WE ARE ALREADY ONE IN CHRIST!!

 

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Unity is not discovered in programming, but in being filled with the very fullness of God himself. This is what marks the church – it’s not our systems and our structures. The church is “his body…the fullness of him…” (Eph 1:23). 

The emerging church is the “Corporate Christ. “It is, “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Col 1:27).

He has given us the ‘glory’ that we may be one as they are one. But what is this ‘glory’? It is “Christ in you” – or in Jesus’ words, “I in them and you in me”.  Without being filled with the fullness of God any ‘unity’ we experience will be a lie. It will not be the product of the Spirit of God. And will inevitably have at its core the dynamics of Babel. It will have a human hand on it and will serve to enhance someone’s profile. The ‘you’ of “Christ in you the hope of glory” is plural in the Greek. What does this mean? It implies that the revelation of the indwelling Christ in the heart of the individual believer is the fountainhead of corporate unity. Because God is a ‘unity’ (the oneness of the Father and the Son), to be filled with the fullness of God.

Other Unity Scriptures:

UNITY- ONE MIND, ONE ACCORD

Psalm 133:1-2 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments.

John 17:11-21 “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.12 “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.13 “But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.14 “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.15 “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.16 “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.18 “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.19 “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;21 “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

Col. 2:19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.

Col. 3:14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

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For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

We will continue with Lesson 4 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by    blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22