- Ephesians 4:1-16
- Ephesians 4:1 – “Therefore” is based on his statement in Ephesians 3:20-21. He’s asking the saints in Ephesus to do these things because we are all to give glory to God.
- Romans 1:7; I Corinthians 2:1-2 – Our calling is to be saints.
- Ephesians 4:2 – Let us not mistake meekness for weakness.
- Ephesians 4:3 – Our unity should be based on the word of God.
- Ephesians 4:4-6
- The denominational view: There is one God, Lord, and Spirit, but there are many faiths, hopes, baptisms, and bodies.
- Members of the one body are individuals – not congregations.
- Denominations may as well teach: There is one faith, hope, baptism, and body, but many Gods, Lords, and Spirits.
- The truth: There is one God, Lord, Spirit, faith, hope, baptism, and body.
- Ephesians 4:11-12 – The duty of evangelists, pastors, and teachers is still the same today. They are to equip the saints for serving God and build up the body of Christ.
- Ephesians 4:13 – God wants us to be spiritually mature so that we will not be led astray by error. This is not saying that preachers and teachers are just here until all men unify in faith. Instead, their role is to help get each of us to spiritual maturity.
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