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EPHESIANS LESSON 6 (CHAPTER 5) 04/25/20

LESSON 6-Ephesians

Walking in Love, Light, Wisdom, and Worship

Ephesians Chapter 5:1-20

Eph.5:15 See then that you walk circumspectly, (cautiously) not as fools but as wise,16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

5:15 Take accurate stock of your life, cut out foolishness, walk in wisdom. Mirror Translation

5:16 Wisdom converts time into opportunity, and frees your day from slog. Mirror Translation

Related Scripture:

Col.1:5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

Circum-around Spect- look (look around)
Redeeming the time is capitalizing on every appropriate opportunity. Redeem-exagorazo-to buy up, to save from loss.

Redeeming the Time

Translating the phrase as “making the most of your (the) time.” Other versions of Scripture, such as the New International Version and the New Living Translation, use the phrase “making the most of every opportunity.”

The Greek word exagorazo (Strong’s Concordance #G1805), translated as “redeeming” in Ephesians and Colossians, means to rescue something from loss or redeem it. It can also mean to pay a price to recover (reclaim) something from another (Thayer’s Greek Definitions). For example, let us say you want to borrow money from a bank and have to offer some land as collateral (meaning if you do not repay the bank loan, they can take legal possession of the property). At the time you repay the loan you remove any claim the lender has over the land and redeem the property.

This is what Jesus did for us (DBR) Hebrew- to combine in order. He was nailed to a tree- Gal. 3:13, Col 2:14

Jesus didn’t carry an enormous big and heavy upright tree in His back, because it was impossible, because its place was to be as ready at execution place, because Jesus carried batibulum in other words crossbar of the cross, and then this was nailed to an upright tree.

In the Hebrew culture debts when paid were nailed to a tree!

The Complete Word Study Dictionary defines exagorazo as “. . . by prudent and blameless conduct, gaining as much time and opportunity as possible in view of persecution and death. The word generally means to buy up, to buy all that is anywhere to be bought, and not to allow the suitable moment to pass by unheeded but to make it one’s own.”

Here’s the really good news! Even if we mess up the opportune time, God can redeem that time and give you another chance, and another chance etc.

Eph.5:17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

5:17 Make His master plan your meditation. Mirror Translation

Understanding of the Will of God
a. In order to redeem the time and walk wise, we need to know what God’s will is

b. Here is where we see Paul’s counsel lining up with James in James

c. For both of them, successful living meant know and doing the will of God

James 4:15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
How can we know the will of God? What is the will of God?

a. the Word Ps. 119:6-9,105 (His Word is His will.)

b. Counsel -Wise counselors-Prov.19:20;20:18;24:6

c. Prayer John 15:4

d. Circumstance (beware, not all circumstances are from God)

e. Dreams, visions Is 1:1; Acts :17

f. Still small, inner voice of the Spirit of God
WILL

Wishing, desiring, or choosing especially in reference to the will of God. In the gospels, primarily in John, Jesus is said to be acting not according to His own will, but according to the will of the heavenly Father (John 5:30; 6:38). Indeed, doing the will of the Father is Jesus’ nourishment (John 4:34), and Jesus does nothing apart from the Father’s will (John 5:19). Luke confirms this when he quotes Jesus’ statement in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Father, if it is Your will, remove this cup from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42).

The will of God is His plan for you, the book that was written all the days of your life.

How do you find that plan?

God’s plan for our lives is rooted in the gifts and talents He’s given us. Daily time in prayer/praise, everyday thanksgiving and in God’s Word direct us. Paul wrote to his mentee, Timothy, – Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written,The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified[a] you;
I [b]ordained you a _________ fill in the blank)to the nations.”

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepard of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, though Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that He hears us- whatever we ask- we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15

We will continue with Lesson 6 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 WEEKLY TEACHING LESSON 6 (CHAPTER 5)

LESSON 6-Ephesians

Walking in Love, Light, Wisdom, and Worship

Ephesians Chapter 5:1-20

Eph.5: 9 for the fruit of the [a]Spirit (Light) is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth,

5:9 The harvest of light is evident in all that is excellent, innocent and of impeccable integrity. Mirror Translation

Other translations say: Fruit of Light

Related Scripture:

Galatians 5:19-22 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Eph.5:10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.

5:10 This certainly pleases God. Mirror Translation

Eph. 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

5:11 Do not tolerate anything in your life that associates you with darkness, there is no profit in it for you. Rather expose it for what it really is. Mirror Translation

Paul calls the works of darkness unfruitful
1) while sin holds forth the promise of life and pleasure.

2) in fact, darkness is sterile and produces death.

3) truly, the wages of sin is death.

4) like sterile fruit flies; they mate, but they produce sterile offspring which cannot reproduce.

5) they will enjoy one harvest of fruit and a wild time with another fruit fly, but then they will die!

6) so it is with sin.

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This is more than physical or spiritual death but death in a relationship, death in your finances, death in physical body, diseases, etc.

Rather than partaking of sin, Paul says we should expose it:

1) the word expose is best understood as bringing something to light and correcting it.

2) we shouldn’t merely be critics (in the passage them is in italics meaning the word is not there) who point out the flaws of others, but provide help and answers. (always done in love)

The Holy Spirit, Spirit of Christ, is the Light who will convict/convince people of their sin. He will also convict/convince people of their righteousness.

John 16:8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

John 16:8 And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment/justice: AMP

Convict- Greek-1651 elegchó: — convince, tell a fault or a truth, reprove, admonish- to caution, advise, or counsel against something. to reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner:

The difference between convict and convince is that convict is to find guilty while convince is to make someone believe, or feel sure about something,

Most people have been led to believe that self-doubt, self-condemnation, feelings of unworthiness, and conviction for individual sins are the work of the Holy Spirit. But it’s just not true!

The truth is, it’s your heart or, more specifically, your conscience that is condemning you, not God. That is not the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is never the source of any of your guilt or condemnation. He is not the One that makes you feel bad when you sin.

Your conscience is the part of you that condemns you. And if you are feeling unworthy it’s almost impossible to receive from God.
Jesus said, “ Neither do I condemn you go and sin no more.” John 8:11

1st John 3:19-21 says,
“And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart condemns us not, then have we confidence toward God.”

This verse makes it very clear: Your heart can condemn you even though God is not. What a radical truth, which comes as a complete shock to most Christians. We’ve just assumed that it is always the Holy Spirit who is condemning us.

As John 3 says in verse 21,
“Beloved if our heart condemns us not, then have we confidence toward God.”

If you can reach the point where your conscience is not condemning you, judging you, and causing you to feel unworthy to receive, then you will have confidence toward God, which has great recompense of reward (Heb. 10:35).

In Hebrews 10:22, the Bible says,
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience.”

Also in Hebrews 4:16, we read,
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

The ministry of Holy Spirit is just the opposite of what many Christians think. In John 14:16 read how Jesus describes the Holy Spirit: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.”

Notice that Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the “Comforter/Helper,” not the afflicter. It also says that He will send “another” Comforter. “Another” means one of the same caliber, the same kind. Jesus was and still is a comforter; He didn’t condemn people during His earthly ministry. except, of course the religious Pharisees who put burden on people.

Case in point: The woman caught in adultery, John 8:1-11

John 8:11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go [k]and sin no more.”

John 3:17-19 reads, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deed were evil.”

John 14:26 says,
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name…”

In John 15:26, Jesus said,
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father…”

The Holy Spirit doesn’t convict us of lying, stealing, adultery, murder, etc. He convicts/convinces us that we aren’t trusting in Jesus. That’s the root of every sin. (doubt, unbelief)

Examples:

If I steal, I really don’t believe The Lord is my Provider.
If I lie, I really don’t believe The Lord is the Truth.
If I cheat, I really don’t believe The Lord is True Justice.

Most Christians have not truly understood this positive ministry of the Holy Spirit. We have made Him the source of our feelings of guilt, condemnation, and unworthiness. Because of that, we haven’t really let Him do His job, and we are missing the benefits and power of a relationship with Him.

The Holy Spirit, Spirit of Christ, should be your best friend. He was sent here to encourage you and constantly assure you of God’s love. He is here to convince you of your righteousness. To help you to become more righteous conscience than sin conscience.

We will continue with Lesson 6 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 6 (CHAPTER 5) 03/21/20

LESSON 6

Ephesians 5

Walking in Love, Light, Wisdom, and Worship

Ephesians Chapter 5:1-20

Paul’s style in many of his letters was to begin by climbing the heights of theology, then descending to level of everyday life/application. Nowhere do we see that more eloquently portrayed than in Ephesians:

a. He has taken us to be seated in heavenly places in Christ in chapters 1-3

b. And now in chapters 4-6 He is going take us into the street, the job, and the home.

Ephesians 5:1 – Therefore (used 15 times in Ephesians, 141 times in Paul’s writings) be imitators (a mimic) of God as dear (beloved) children.

5:1 Mimic God; you are His offspring. Mirror Translation

Eph. 5:2a – And walk in love,

5:2 This is how, let love be your life; equal to the love of Christ in the way He abandoned Himself to us. His love is contagious, not reluctant but extravagant. Sacrificial love pleases God like the sweet aroma of worship. (Resembling the holy anointing oil and the pure fragrant incense of spices, the work of a perfumer, to be burnt on the golden altar of incense in the inner court of the tent of meeting. Ex.37:25-29.) Mirror Translation

NIV – LIVE A LIFE OF LOVE, literally means to receive the benefits of God’s love, bask in its blessings, and then to express the same kind of love ourselves to others.
Now he says, “Walk in love.”

a. The worthy walk is a walk of love
b. Love is the fulfillment of the law
c. Love is the fruit of the Spirit
d. If we are walking in the Spirit, we are walking in love, &
e. If we are walking in love, we are walking in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

3 kinds of love: (Gk)

• Eros- erotic, romantic love
• Phileo-brotherly love
• Agape’- unconditional, God’s kind of love

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never fails.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

LOVE OF – Love of Christ for men- attributes

Unchangeable

John 13:1 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. Divine John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. Self-sacrificing John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Inseparable Rom. 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Constraining

2 Cor. 5:14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;

Sacrificial

Gal. 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Manifested by His Death 1Jo 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Eph. 5:2 b & c as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

5:2 b-c Sacrificial love pleases God like the sweet aroma of worship. (Resembling the holy anointing oil and the pure fragrant incense of spices, the work of a perfumer, to be burnt on the golden altar of incense in the inner court of the tent of meeting. Ex.37:25-29.) Mirror Translation

Related Scriptures:

Leviticus 2:9 ‘Then the priest shall take from the grain offering a memorial portion and burn it on the altar. It is an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord.

Exodus 29:18 “And you shall burn the whole ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the Lord; it is a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord.

2 Corinthians 2:15-16 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?

Hebrews 13:15-16 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Since we are made in the image and likeness of God, I am Love, you are Love! WHAT???”

1 John 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

One thing that really helped me realize the truth of who I am was by comparing and contrasting what I understood about the concept I was taught of a God and what I knew and had experienced about Love. From the perspective of a human being God is always something outside, separate, and above you. This God is always connected with judgment and causes the one who believes in him to tremble in fear. Love on the other hand, which can be compared to the Father’s love, is completely different. This Love is a life-giving Spirit. It is the very life within you.
This Love understands it brought you into being by giving you its very life within. Love knows you as itself. He is in you. He is Love and you are Love.

And to answer, “how are we love”? We are love by knowing who God is and who I am. He is Love; that is all and all. We are ALREADY enough. We know as we are known and the more you get to know someone by the Spirit of Love, the more you bear witness to the truth.

Since we have the love of God inside and are love, act accordingly.

We will continue with Lesson 6 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) 03/14/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph.4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

4:29 Instead of cheap talk, your mouth is now a fountain of grace, giving encouragement and inspiration to everyone
within earshot. Mirror Translation

Related Scriptures:

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Colossians 3:16-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Col.4:5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Eph. 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

4:30 The Holy Spirit is your signet ring from God to confirm that you are redeemed to live your life in the light of day, any conduct that belongs to the night grieves Him. Mirror Translation

All sin is a cause of personal sorrow to God. Yet, He knows the sin problem is taken care of. We are still called to “walk worthy of the vocation with which you are called”, to walk in fellowship with the Lord. And the Holy Spirit occupies the Christian and is the source, the bond, of the spiritual fellowship with have with God. He is our teacher and our comforter. Sin grieves the Holy Spirit and is the cause for the loss of fellowship, the loss of filling, the loss of the controlling ministry of the Spirit. The Spirit’s presence is also a seal of assurance of the life and inheritance that we possess now and will possess fully in the end. The very thought of this should encourage us to keep ourselves pure.

1 John 3:2-6, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.

Eph.4:31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

4:31 Take up the strongest possible position against every form of distorted behavior in your own life, do not allow yourself to be spiteful; outbursts of violent emotion and rage do not become you. You don’t have to shout in order to make your point. People must feel safe in your conversation, therefore slander and hurtful words (blasphemy) are out! Mirror

Here is even more reference to sins of the tongue and of mental attitude, so that they can be set over against the way that we have learned in Christ. Six things are named here that are decisively to be put away.

1. “Bitterness” is PIKRIA (cf. the English “picric acid”).

2 – 3. The “wrath” and “anger” here are those which spring up from passion and temper because of personal resentment or provocation. The only Christian rule about these is total abstinence!

· Then follows “clamor”, KRAUGEI, which is “the loud self-assertion of the angry man, who will make everyone else hear his grievance.”

· “Evil speaking” is BLASPHEMIA, “slander; blasphemy”. This word is commonly used for speaking against God, but it is also commonly used for slanderous or abusive speaking against one’s fellow men. Since all men re made in the image and likeness of God, you blaspheme man you are blaspheming God

· Finally, Paul adds “all malice”, or “bad feeling of every kind”, thus demanding the complete exclusion from the Christian’s life of every thought that leads a person to speak or do evil against some else.

Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

4:32 Be inspired by kindness and compassion; your forgiving one another when you might feel irritated and frustrated, demonstrates the way God graciously treated us in Christ. Mirror Translation

A forgiving spirit is one of the most obvious and telling character traits in a growing Christian. The lack of a forgiving spirit is the mark of the novice Christian. The word “forgive” is a Grace word, in the English as well as in the Greek. An early meaning in English was “to give or to grant”. Then, “forgive” came to mean “to remit a debt; to give up resentment or claim for requital; to pardon an offense.”

(John 20:23) Of whomever sins you remit, (cancel) they are remitted to them. Of whomever sins you retain, (not abolish) they are retained.

We will continue with Lesson 6 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) 03/07/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph.4:25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.

4:25 Faking it and lying to one another was part of the old life; now speak always only that which truth inspires to your fellowman. We are related to one another like different parts in the same body, (cheating him would be cheating yourself!) Mirror Translation

When Christians try to deceive one another, they break the bonds of royal family, love, and fellowship. We belong together as members of one body, so we must be completely honest and open with one another. “Lying is a great hindrance to the proper functioning of the body. When members are open and truthful, the body will work in harmony and therefore efficiently. Without openness and truth, there can only be disunity, disorder, and trouble.”

Eph.4:26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,27 nor give place to the devil.28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

4:26 Even if you think you have a valid excuse, do not let anger dominate your day! If you don’t deal with it immediately (in the light of the likeness of Christ in you) the sun sets for you and your day becomes one of lost opportunity where darkness employs anger to snare you into sin. Mirror Translation

Characteristics of Sinful Anger

1. Anger is sin from the soulish nature. Gal. 5:19-21, “Now the deeds of the flesh [soul/sense nature] are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these…”

2. Anger is related to foolishness. Eccl. 7:9, “Do not be quick to be angry in your heart, for anger resides in the bosom of fools.” The Bible defines a fool as a person without wisdom. He may be a genius, but his thinking is from human viewpoint. He thinks and acts apart from God’s standards and controls. The paramount fool (and the beginning of foolishness) is the person who has “said in his heart, There is no God.” Look at Romans 1:18-31 for a detailed description of the results of deliberately turning away from God. A fool is on a rapid downward slide towards destruction, both in this life and the one to come. In the list of terrible sins which characterize the ungodly are several which are either causes or results of anger.

3. Anger is associated with grieving the Holy Spirit, Spirit of Christ. Eph. 4:30-31, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Notice the contrast here between conditions of anger and the results of impersonal love.

4. Anger is a violation of the Christian’s code of conduct as a member of the Body of Christ. Col. 3:8,9, “But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, {and} abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its {evil} practices”

5. Anger hinders effective prayer. 1 Tim. 2:8, “Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.”

6. Anger is always accompanied by other sins. Prov. 29:22, “An angry person stirs up strife, and a hot-tempered person abounds in transgression.” Anger promotes the sins of gossip, self-righteous judging, maligning, revenge, complaining, bitterness, and many others. Heb. 12:15, “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.”

7. Anger makes a person his own worst enemy; he brings misery upon himself. Prov. 22:8, “He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, And the rod of his fury will perish.”

Unhappiness comes from many sources: failure to be occupied with Christ, failure to maintain a relaxed mental attitude, failure to be controlled by the Holy Spirit, thus, failure to grow in Christ. Lack of growth means lack of joy, lack of love, lack of divine viewpoint.

8. Anger promotes jealousy and cruelty. Prov. 27:4. 9. Anger causes misery for loved ones, friends, and community. Anger destroys a nation. Prov. 21:19; 22:24; 24:25; 29:22. Amos 1:11, “Thus says the Lord, “For three transgressions of Edom and for four I will not revoke its {punishment}, Because he pursued his brother with the sword, While he stifled his compassion; His anger also tore continually, and he maintained his fury forever.”

How does anger start?

Ephesians 4:27 nor give [a]place to the devil.

4:27 Any sin that you tolerate is an open invitation to the devil. Do not give him a platform to operate from. Mirror Translation

In Ephesians 4:27, the apostle Paul writes, “Neither give place to the devil.” The word “place” is the Greek word topos. It refers to a specific, marked-off, geographical location. It carries the idea of a territory, province, region, zone, or geographical position. It is from this word that we get the word for a topographical map. Because the word topos depicts a geographical location, this lets us know that the devil is after every region and zone of our lives — money, health, marriage, relationships, employment, business, and ministry. He is so territorial that he wants it all. But to start his campaign to conquer all those areas of our lives, he must first find an entry point from which he can begin his campaign of unleashing his devilish destruction in our lives.

How does it all start? It starts through giving place to the enemy through our mind, our thoughts, then words, then deeds.
We often throw open the door to the devil when we:

• Refuse to let go of old hurts and wounds.
• Refuse to acknowledge what we did wrong.
• Refuse to forgive others for what they did.
• Refuse to stop judging others for their grievances.
• Refuse to admit we were wrong too.
• Refuse to say, “I’m sorry” when we’re wrong.
• Refuse to lay down our “rights” for others.

Ephesians 4:28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

4:28 If you were a thief before, you are one no more. Find an honest job where the fruit of your labor can be a blessing to others! Mirror Translation

Let him steal no longer and work to help others:

Paul in Eph. 4:28 then gives two positive changes to the Ephesians in this area. First, the practical answer for the thief is fairly straightforward: work and earn, don’t steal. Second, Paul specifies that “theft” involves more than just taking physical objects from others. Work done ought to be “honest.” Those who were dishonest swindlers were just as much “thieves” as those who swiped fruit from open baskets. The former thief was to no longer lie or manipulate others, but personally work to provide for his own needs and the needs of others.

We never talk about the negative unless we present the positive.

Opposites:

Lie – Truth
Anger – Love
Stealing – Faith

All sin is mistaken identity. We think we are still living in the soulish/sense realm. All sin’s root is doubt and unbelief.

Examples:

If we lie, we really don’t believe the truth. If we are angry then we really don’t believe God is Love and We are Love. If we steal, then we really don’t believe God can supply all our needs.

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT VS FRUIT OF THE CARNAL/SENSE/SOULISH NATURE

Love – Lust
Joy- Grief/Sorrow
Peace- Strife
Long suffering- Impatience
Kindness- Cruelty
Goodness – Evil
Faithfulness- Unfaithfulness/Deceitful
Gentleness- Rash/ Rage
Self-Control- Anger

We will continue with Lesson 6 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) 02-29-20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32
Eph. 4:23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

4:23 (Pondering the incarnation, the truth about you displayed in Christ) will cause you to be completely reprogrammed in the way you think about yourself! (This happens in the spirit of your mind, on a much deeper level than a mere intellectual and academic consent.) Mirror Translation 

Spirit of the mind
The heart is the center or mind of the spirit. (Eph 4:22-23) That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; mind of the spirit (heart)

Greek- Strong’s # 2588 { kar-dee’-ah} GK – 2840 { kardiva } the heart
1)denotes the center of all spiritual life
2) the center and seat of spiritual life
3)of the middle or central or inmost part of anything
4)the center for understanding. (see diagram from lesson 1)

So the heart is the mind of the spirit

Eph. 4:24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

4:24 Immerse yourself fully into this God-shaped new man from above! You are created in the image and likeness of God. This is what righteousness and true holiness are all about. Mirror Translation

What To Put On: Put off old man, put on new man.

OLD MAN LED BY SENSE REALM; NEW MAN LED BY SPIRIT
Old man ~double minded; New man ~ Christ minded:
Old man~ Good and evil; New man ~ only good :
Old man~ light and dark; New man ~ LIGHT:
Old man ~ judgment by appearances ; New man ~ Love
Old man ~sense, natural senses; New man ~ spiritual senses;
Old man ~ religion/ thought you were separated from God; New man ~ no separation/ONENESS:

Colossians 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled.

Old man ~sense realm, reasoning; New man ~ Faith:
Old man ~ sin conscious; New man ~ Son conscious/ righteousness conscious
Old man ~ self conscious; New man ~ Christ conscious:
Old man ~ Law; New man ~ Grace and Truth.

Related Scripture:

Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Synonyms for Edification· Light. Eph. 5 “…walk as children of light. “Christ formed in you” Gal. 4:19, connotes edification. “The new man,” Eph. 4; Col. 3, refers to edification· “The perfect/mature man,” James 1:4. “Imitators of God,” Eph. 5
1 Cor 14:26, “When you assemble, let all things be done for edification.”(building up)
Acts 9:31, “All the church were having prosperity, having been edified, (built up) and advancing in occupation with Christ.

The Root of a Prosperous Life

The Word calls the devil the enemy of all righteousness (Acts 13:10). Why is this? Because the enemy knows that righteousness is the key to all victory in our lives. And that’s why the enemy spends all his time attacking the gift of righteousness in your life—trying to put inferiority back on you and trying to keep you thinking lower of yourself than what God says about you.

The enemy only works in your mind if you allow it. Researchers have found that depression starts with a thought. You cannot experience all that God has for you until you are established in righteousness.

Righteous means you have “right standing.” It means you have the right to stand in the presence of God—without a sense of guilt or shame or condemnation, without a sense of inferiority, without a sense of fear. In other words, it means that God is pleased with you! It’s a gift, of course—made possible by the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

But when you receive the gift of righteousness by faith, you’ll understand that you’re not in the process of being made the righteousness of God—but you’re in the process of learning about that righteousness in you and in the process of living out that righteousness.

2 Cor. 5:21 God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that God’s righteousness would be produced in us. ISV

We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!!

Righteousness is the taproot to all other blessings—
• the taproot to favor (Psalm 5:12).
• the taproot to prosperity (Proverbs 13:22).
• the taproot to healing (Malachi 4:2).
• the taproot to victory over sin (1 Corinthians
15:34) in soulish realm. Christ already paid for
and has the victory!!
• the taproot to wisdom (Proverbs 2:7).
• the taproot to spiritual growth (Ephesians 4:14-
15).

Righteousness is a gift that will protect you and provide you with favor, wisdom, insight, power, authority and the anointing! The Bible says we can be established in righteousness (Isaiah 54:14). The gift of righteousness will provide an unshakable foundation for our lives—a rock to stand on in the midst of every storm.

Jesus never said that the wise man wasn’t going to have storms. He just said that the wise man built his house upon the rock—this man was established in righteousness because he built his life upon the Rock of God’s Word ( hearing, understanding and doing the Word of God)

Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Keys:
• Recognize that you need to get understanding. You need a revelation of who you are and what God has done for you now and from the beginning. We will not reign in life without the gift of righteousness, and we will not reign in life without understanding the gift of righteousness.
• God wants our minds filled with a consciousness of righteousness because He knows that the enemy gains access into our minds when we lack confidence in who we are in Christ. (ignorance)
• Sow into righteousness. Plant your best seed toward a harvest of righteousness in your life.

Isaiah 32 says, “And the work of righteousness shall be peace and the effect of righteousness is quietness and assurance forever…When it shall hail, coming down on the forest, and the city shall be low in a low place, you’ll be blessed because you sowed beside the waters”—

Isaiah 32:1-2 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, And princes will rule with justice.2 A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, And a [a]cover from the tempest, As rivers of water in a dry place,

Is. 32:16 The Lord’s justice will dwell in the desert, his righteousness live in the fertile field.17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.19 Though hail flattens the forestand the city is leveled completely,20 how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.

You’ll be blessed because you sowed the seeds of righteousness!

(2 Co 5:21) For He has made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Righteous Conscious vs. Sin Conscious

We are the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God IN CHRIST! Because HE has made us RIGHTEOUS, we can be no more righteous tomorrow than we are today! We can be no more {HIS} Righteousness a year from now than we are today! The problem with people is that they speak to the dirt {Adam} & not the Seed {Christ}, thus, you have a works mentality which is rooted in a sin consciousness! You can preach all day to the dirt {Dirty messages}, but give me the substance of that Seed planted and full grown! Give me the Christ and His Finished Work!

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) 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