The thought of the unity of the Church is very prominent in this epistle. Some suppose that the calling refers to the epithets usually given to the Christians; such as children of Abraham, children of God, true Israel of God, heirs of God, saints, fellow citizens with the saints, etc. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 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. These activities are not designed only for individuals but for the church as a family.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. This means that when one person is weak, the rest of the body of Christ suffers. The best trade, unpractised, will not support any man; the most pure and holy religion of the Lord Jesus, unapplied, will save no soul. Among us, a man's calling signifies his trade, or occupation in life; that at which he works, and by which he gets his bread; and it is termed his calling, because it is supposed that God, in the course of his providence, calls the person to be thus employed, and thus to acquire his livelihood. Sorry, an error was encountered while loading part of the book.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. The Holy Bible, New Living Translation, Copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. This includes personal spiritual maturity Ephesians 4:13 , serving others Ephesians 4:12 , evangelism, and worship.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Any other use including, but not limited to, copying, posting or reposting on the Internet is prohibited. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. The cherubim went in whatever direction the head faced, without turning as they went. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops. This is a fine stroke, and wrought up into a strong argument. As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. God loves us so well that He will not suffer us to take less than His highest will.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship. For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles-- Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Most activities were centered around families and groups, including spiritual growth. There at the entrance of the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people. Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. This text is exceedingly valuable to us for it tells us the end and aim of all religion. The ancient mindset was more collective than individualistic as in Western cultures today. It enveloped them in flames, yet they did not understand; it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart. That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. It is Alexander Maclaren— Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. They will be my people, and I will be their God.