Monday, December 5, 2022

Ephesians | Session 9 | 4:12-17

In our study today we continue looking at Paul's words to the Ephesian believers trying to identify exactly who he was addressing, the purpose of the offices or gifts listed in verse 11, and the importance of being grounded in the Word of God.

Verse 12: For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: The stated goal of these gifts was for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Those who hold that these were given to the Kingdom church only will use the word "saints" as proof.

Again, the view would be that God gave these gifts to the kingdom church to lay the groundwork for the Body of Christ. That is similar to what he said in Ephesians 2:19-22.

Verse 13: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: Again, the point of the gifts was unification of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.

Verses 14-16: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. 

Notice and carried about with every wind of doctrine, sleight of men, cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:1 that seducing spirits are behind all of this.

It was to be a unity and knowledge that would cause them to be no more children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, but instead (verse15) speaking the truth in love (verse 16) from whom the whole body is joined together, growing, and healthy. This portion of Scripture sounds very familiar with 1 Timothy 4:1-16.

From verses 17-32, Paul gives practical instructions regarding how believers should walk.

Verse 17: This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Pretty obvious from the text that he is transitioning back to the Gentiles and is encouraging them not to walk as others do in the vanity of their minds.

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