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November 14, 2021   /   Gospel Light Anderson

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Ephesians 4:1-6

Verse 1
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,

  • In this verse we see a big from the previous three chapters.
  • Paul urges them now to , to put in place practical steps of in unity.
  • If you really it then you MUST really it.

Verse 2-3
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Five distinct aspects of what it entails to walk in a manner that’s worthy. 

1. – this unifies the believer. Humility places others before themselves. 

Humility is at the heart of Christian and behavior.

2. – this behavior is a direct result of humility. 

Mild spirited and self-.

Having the possession of power and strength but under the control of the master.

3. – this attitude come flowing from both humility and gentleness.

Also referred to as long- – it indicates a position of not giving in easily or quickly

Isaiah 40:31 –“But they that wait for the Lord shall their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

4.  – Agape LOVE – love that willingly gives whether it receives in return or not.

The love that will love an and prays for the persecutors and haters.

The love that will even when it isn’t being pursued.

5. – this is the product of the equation of having humility, gentleness, patience, and forbearing love. – meaning the state of being united or joined as a whole.

  • We must be eager and to keep this unity 
  • Spiritual unity is not, and cannot be, created by the church. It is already created by the Holy Spirit.
    – MacArthur
  • Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of .

Verse 4-6
There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

We have unity because of what we have in common.

  • One body – the
  • One Spirit – the of God
  • One Hope – of the calling to be “blameless and
  • One Lord
  • One faith – the body of of the New Testament
  • One baptism – the public of a personal relationship with Christ
  • One God and Father – the and sovereign, omnipotent and omnipresent God.

 

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