Paul told the Ephesians that they should endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 32 Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave # Two early mss read us. iii. Again, this defines the direction of maturity. Poetical Books #3 = QUIT BEING A TAKER AND START BEING A GIVER. b) A Christian should be known for his/her unselfish attitude, as was Jesus. “Luther counsels men to answer all temptations of Satan with this only, Christianus sum, I am a Christian.” (Trapp). Jesus isn’t merely added to our old life; the old life dies and He becomes our new life. General Epistles The Whole Bible It is designed to help Christians learn more about the Bible they love so much and to think through it the way God intended. a) 2Cor 5:17 (NKJV) Therefore, if anyone [is] in Christ, [he] [is] a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Major Prophets (1) The foundation for all exhortation. Historical Books “It is the historical fact of Christ once for all putting away sin by the sacrifice of Himself, which is alluded to.” (Moule), ©2013 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission Be angry, and do not sin: The new man may get angry, but he does not sin. Minor Prophets We are confident that this unity is found in Jesus Christ, by the Spirit of God. 3 And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? C. Putting off the old man, putting on the new man. No one claims the piano is at fault. This is basis for God’s distribution of spiritual gifts through His church: grace, the free, unmerited giving of God. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point It is as if Jesus turned us around and put us in the right direction, and now we have to walk and progress in that direction. Amplified® Bible Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters, Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. c. Let him who stole steal no longer: The new man does not steal, but he works with his hands. The concept of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is spoken of clearly in Matthew 3:11, Acts 1:5 and 11:16. i. “Here it is suggested that anger can be prevented from degenerating into sin if a strict time limit is placed on it: do not let the sun set on your anger.” (Bruce). Johannine Writings It is that saints (God’s people) might be equipped for the work of ministry (service), so that the body of Christ would be built up (expanded and strengthened). Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a (Eph 4:4-6) The description of the unity of the Church. 3. The new man knows how to let go of his wrath, thus giving no opportunity to the devil. He was a murderer from the beginning, and [does] [not] stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. -------------------- A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. “If anyone here who is a Christian finds a difficulty in forgiveness, I am going to give him three words which will help him wonderfully. ii. God never commands us to create unity among believers. It means that we can be happy and content when we are not in control or steering things our way. b) Prov 16:32 (NKJV) [He] [who] [is] slow to anger [is] better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. The Gospels There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Blindness can also be understood here as hardening, and this ancient Greek word “is used medically to denote the callus formed when a bone has been fractured and reset. Grace was given: We all have grace given to us according to the measure of Jesus’ gift. Johannine Writings 18 They are darkened in their understanding, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts Instead it is to say that all such achievements fall short of true wisdom, because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called: When we really understand how much God did for us, we will naturally want to serve and obey Him out of gratitude. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. Wisdom Literature The New Testament We must endeavor to keep this unity – we do not create it. Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. Life is about the same. Adam Clarke on grow up... into Him: “This is a continuance of a metaphor taken from the members of a human body receiving nourishment equally and growing up, each in its due proportion to other parts, and to the body in general.”. H. Ephe 4:31 (NKJV) Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. Ephesians 4:17-32 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Christian’s Walk. This gives us an assurance of forgiveness – that it is for Christ’s sake. The New Testament ii. i. (a) In other words, "deal with it" and get it over with! 2. iii. We don’t walk worthy so that God will love us, but because He does love us. 2. The general theology of Ephesians is direct, unambiguous, and presents no ideas or interpretations whose meanings are seriously contended. Hard? They rejected His statutes and His covenant which He made with their fathers and His warnings with which He warned them. Therefore: Paul spent three chapters spelling out in glorious detail all that God did for us, freely by His grace. Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. 2. Pauline Epistles Major Prophets -------------------- 1. #7 = BE KIND, TENDERHEARTED, AND FORGIVING. And we concluded that the work of the ministry was too important to get sidetracked with unimportant issues. When He ascended on high: This giving happened (as described prophetically in Psalm 68:18) when Jesus ascended to heaven. Pentateuch Luke-Acts iv. 1. Through presenting my body as a living sacrifice (Rom 12), the Lord will re-train me. Gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers: Paul described four offices (not five, as in the commonly yet erroneously termed “five-fold ministry”). 2 But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. Instructions for Christian Living - So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. d. Now this, “He ascended”; what does it mean: In this, Paul demonstrated how the words He ascended in Psalm 68:18 had reference to the resurrection of Jesus, speaking first of His rising from the lower parts of the earth, and secondly of His ascension far above all the heavens. iii. Luke-Acts GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point A body can only function properly if it tells itself the truth. conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy It is motivated out of gratitude, not out of a desire to earn merit. There is one body and one Spirit: We have unity because of what we share in common. ii. Some people think of the church as a pyramid, with the pastor at the top. Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. B. “So, if you want to know the Lord Jesus Christ, you must live with him. Each of these common areas is greater than any potential difference. The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, b. iii. I gave them to you just now, and prayed you to get the sweetness of them; here they are again! Some think that the phrase lower parts of the earth refers to Jesus’ preaching to the spirits in prison described in 1 Peter 3:19 and 4:6. Cross-References 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? of Scripture. By the trickery of men: “The words... refer to the arts used by gamesters, who employ false dice that will always throw up one kind of number, which is that by which those who play with them cannot win.” (Clarke) Running after spiritual fads always leaves one a loser. a) The things that do flow from a Christian's mouth should build people up, not put them down. Ephe 4:3 (NKJV). He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.). Eph. General Epistles When this happens, it naturally causes the growth of the body (both in size and strength), but especially growth for building itself up in love. ii. (Eph 4:2-3) The character of a worthy walk. g. According to the effective working by which every part does its share: The evidence of maturity – that the leaders and the saints are all doing their job – is this effective working. range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed And of the knowledge of the Son of God: When the gifted offices work right and the saints are properly equipped, Christian maturity increases and there is greater intimacy in the experience of God. We have a new person at our disposal. This is usually a misguided effort to gain the world’s “respect” or approval. The way God works unity: through spiritual gifts of leadership in the church. 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Ephe 4:26 (NKJV) "Be angry, and do not sin": 1. 4 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. The motive for doing this is because we are members of one another, therefore there is no place for lying. This let us seek after; let us live near to Christ, for this is the best way of promoting unity. Wisdom Literature d. We should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine: The gifted offices and equipped saints result in stability, being firmly planted on the foundation of the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20). b. Prophets The ancient Greek word for tossed to and fro is from the same words used to describe the stormy Sea of Galilee in Luke 8:24 (raging of the water). Both must be put away. b) The Holy Spirit is hurt when we sin against each other by condemning, judging, or gossiping. Futility: “The thought is not that unregenerate minds are empty. 17 So I say this, and insist in the Lord, that you no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. The devil’s work is to accuse and divide the family of God, and to sow discord among them. Eph 4:17 - This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Ephesians 4 - I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, ... Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness. #6 = BITTERNESS, VIOLENT OUTBURSTS OF ANGER, AND BAD TALKING WITH EVIL INTENT SHOULDN'T EVEN BE A PART OF A CHRISTIAN'S LIFE! (Eph 4:1) The foundation for all exhortation. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. A call for unity among God’s people. -------------------- The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. f. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you: The new man has control of his emotions (bitterness, wrath, anger and so forth). Ephesians 4:17 NIV Ephesians 4:17 NLT Ephesians 4:17 ESV Ephesians 4:17 NASB Ephesians 4:17 KJV Ephesians 4:17 BibleApps.com Ephesians 4:17 Biblia Paralela Ephesians 4:17 Chinese Bible Ephesians 4:17 French Bible Ephesians 4:17 Clyx Quotations NT Letters: Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore and testify (Ephes. ii. a) You won't find "blindness of the heart" in any medical journal, because it is a spiritual disease! ii. 1. The idea is clear. Ephesians 4:17-32 Common English Bible (CEB) The old and new life. “God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven thee. Wisdom Literature -------------------- 5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who "will render to each one according to his deeds": A. I want the Lord to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving to me.Therefore knowing that the same measuring cup I use to judge other will be used to judge me, I must be also be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving to others. He must therefore carry himself accordingly, and not stain his high blood.” (Trapp). This is a spiritual unity, not necessarily a structural or denominational unity. 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