The motive for doing this is because we are members of one another, therefore there is no place for lying. ii. While this aspect of Jesus' ministry in Hades following His work on the cross is true (and prophesied in Isaiah 61:1-2 and Luke 4:18), Paul did not necessarily refer to it here. Luke-Acts -------------------- g. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another: The new man seeks to show the same kindness, tender heartedness and forgiveness to others that God shows him. ii. General Epistles of Scripture. Minor Prophets Put off … the old man … put on the new man: This has the same idea of putting off or putting on a set of clothes. Gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers: Paul describes four offices (not five, as in the commonly yet erroneously termed "five-fold ministry). 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. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. The job of responsible church leadership is to not hinder or prevent such ministry, but never to "promote it into existence.". The Gospels Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year. -------------------- There aren't separate baptisms for Jew and Gentile. Leaders in the church have the first responsibility to equip people to serve and to direct their service as God leads. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point That's why telling the truth is so important, because we are members of one another. He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.). He … The Gospels Poetical Books i. The liberal agrees, "I'll call you a scholar if you'll call me a Christian." (Eph 4:1) The foundation for all exhortation. i. This is the fourth lesson from the Book of Ephesians. It is motivated out of gratitude, not out of a desire to earn merit. i. Ephesians 1:9-10 Ephesians 2:11-22 Ephesians 4:1-5:2 In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians , he speaks to Jews and non-Jews, two groups that were divided by so many factors it … There is one body and one Spirit: We have unity because of what we share in common. Wisdom Literature Because of this high calling, we should walk (conduct our life) in a different manner than the world around us does. Bible Lesson: A Worthy Walk (Ephesians 4) January 29, 2013 by Kelly Henderson. The older King James Version puts it like this: even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. i. Psalm 68:18 reads: You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men. He will not hate his people, but he does hate their sins, and hates them all the more because they nestle in his children's bosoms. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible Wisdom Literature d. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth: The new man knows how to watch his tongue, speaking only what is good for necessary edification, desiring to impart grace to all who hear him. It was used for setting broken bones, and for mending nets. 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 an Ending Point Major Prophets "Every believer is God's first-born; and so higher than the kings of the earth, Psalm 89:27. (Eph 4:4-6) The description of the unity of the Church. Poetical Books 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; 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, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head; Christ; 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. General Epistles i. Wisdom Literature A body can only function properly if it tells itself the truth. i. iii. You have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus … and be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Again, by clearly stating that this is a unity of the faith, Paul does not command a structural or organizational unity, but a spiritual unity around a common faith. He Himself: This means that Jesus established these offices. Those who do not mature in this way are targets of deceivers, who are effective precisely because they operate with trickery and cunning craftiness - and they lie in wait to deceive. It is in contrast to the old man, who is the person inherited from Adam and instinctively rebels against God. John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible They are the work and appointment of Jesus, not men. b. Therefore: This makes the connection, not only with the glorious spiritual privileges laid out in Ephesians 1 through 3, but also with the high call of a unified, mature body as described in Ephesians 4:1-6. The Old Testament a. 'For Christ's sake.' We never grow "independent" of Jesus, we grow up into Him. Futility: "The thought is not that unregenerate minds are empty. f. May grow up in all things into Him who is the head: Another way maturity is described is as the growing up into Jesus, who is the head. Pastors and teachers (or, pastor-teachers; the ancient Greek clearly describes one office with two descriptive titles), who shepherd the flock of God primarily (though not exclusively) through teaching the Word of God.