Studies in Ephesians — Ephesians 4:7-16

Photo of Christ in Hagia Sofia.

Photo of Christ in Hagia Sofia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Studies in Ephesians – Ephesians 4:7-16

 

E – Q – U – I – P

 

See also: Acts 1:21-23; I Cor. 15:9-10; Gal. 1:1; John 14:12; Psalm 68:18

 

Endowment – vs. 7-10 – The risen Jesus was appointed Lord of the church.  He gave gifts to the church.  Like a benefactor endowing a scholarship he endowed the church with its officers.

 

Qualify – v. 11 – Yes, I have friends who are apostles.  They are appointed by humans.  The apostles and leaders of the church were divinely appointed.  They were qualified by their walk with Jesus, and they were gifted with the Holy Ghost.

 

Until – v. 13 a  – The leaders along with the Holy Ghost were to guide the church until it reached its maturity.  It is continuing to grow into the likeness of Christ.

 

Initiative – v. 13 b – The church is to be the body of Christ in the world today.  Recently our local congregation participated in Cropwalk.  It was a venture to help those in need of food and supplies.  What great blessings would follow, if only the church as one body were to unite to confront the social ills of the world.

 

Protection – v. 14 – There is a protection in the church that follows godly leaders and grows in grace.  That church is protected from every wind of doctrine.  In the city of Ephesus there were many ungodly religions teaching dangerous beliefs and ways of life.  The danger is still on the wind.  Thanks to God for a divine plan for the church of Christ.

 

Exemplary story:  I have been privileged to study the life and teaching of some church leaders like Alexander Campbell.  Campbell exercised his Scottish intellect regarding the church.  He reasoned that the Lord would not return until the church had fulfilled its mission to preach the Gospel to all nations, and he reasoned that there was one great obstacle that prevented the church from fulfilling its calling.  See Mark 13:10 That obstacle was the disunity of the church.  In Campbell’s thinking if the church wants to see its Lord return, then the church needs to come together to fulfill its divine purpose on earth.

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