Daily Devotional Friday 25th September 2020by William Moody
Unity in the Body of Christ
4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”1
9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth?2 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds3 and teachers,4 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,5 to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
The Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women
Or the lower parts of the earth?
Or the shepherd-teachers
Greek to a full-grown man
Paul encourages the Ephesians to walk in a worthy manner with humility, gentleness, patience and love so as to help promote unity (v1-3). This is a great goal and focus in this letter, the unity there should be in Christ.
There should be unity because there is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and one Father.
Paul quotes from Psalm 68 v18 which speaks of how when Christ ascended to glory He gave gifts to men (v8). Paul highlights the cost of these gifts when he speaks of how Christ first descended which speaks of His suffering (v9-10).
Christ has given apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastor teachers (v11 – all Word ministries), with the purpose of equipping the saints for works of ministries (v12) with the purpose of building up the believers in unity (v13).
Unity comes with maturity (v14), truth (v15) and love (v16). As God’s people each use their gifts the fellowship is built up in maturity, truth and love so as to reach unity in Christ.
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