Studies in Ephesians — Ephesians 4:1-6

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Studies in Ephesians – Ephesians 4:1-6

 

U – N – I – T – E

 

See also: Deut. 6:4; Ps. 38:15; I Cor. 12:12; Phil. 2:9-10; Col 2:13; Acts 19:4-5

 

Note: In this passage there appears to be seven ones – one body, one spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all

 

Utensils – v. 4 – Through the one body and Spirit we are united for now and eternity

 

Nucleus – v. 4 – We have one hope that allows us to rise above the despair of dismal days and a dismal world

 

Initiation – v. 5 – We come into God’s kingdom through faith and baptism.  Without the practice of faith we have only empty words.  Without faith our practice would be an empty play.

 

Tribute – v. 5 – There is one lord.  God set Jesus upon the throne after he arose from the dead.

 

Everlasting God – v 6 – In the passage it is God that makes the seventh one.  It all goes back to God.  We are united so that we may be the people of God.  A student was trying to impress me while I was making copies for him.  He asked, “Wouldn’t you say that the two most important words in the Bible are prepare and obey?”  I was busy copying,  but I still replied with a question.  I asked, “What about God?  Is God not the most important person and word in the Bible?”  How about it?

 

Exemplary story:  Sammy, Amy, and, Alice had been warned not to take the shortcut past the abandoned gravel pit, but they were hurrying to band practice and went anyway.  They failed to see Alice’s little dog, Fife, following.  When they heard Fife barking they realized she had fallen in the water.  They tried but could not reach her.  Even Sammy’s long arms were too short.  Finally they did something they had done on the playground.  They formed a human chain. Arm-in-arm they reached for Fife.  Sammy was wet from head to foot, but he grabbed Fife and came out of the water safe.  United they did what no single child could do.  They saved their beloved pet.  United the children of God can do a great work too.

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