BIBLE READING

EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4

Ephesians 4:1-32

[1] I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,

[2] with all lowliness and gentleness, with long suffering, bearing with one another in love,

[3] endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

[4] There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;

[5]one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

[6]one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Spiritual Gifts

[7] But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

[8] Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.”

[9] (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?

[10] He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

[11] And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

[12] for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

[13] till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

[14] that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,

[15] but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—

[16] from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. The New Man

[17] This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,

[18] having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;

[19] who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

[20] But you have not so learned Christ,

[21] if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:

[22] that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,

[23]and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

[24]and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Do Not Grieve the Spirit

[25] Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.

[26] “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,

[27] nor give place to the devil.

[28] Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

[29] Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

[30] And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

[31] Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

[32] And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

SOME OF THE INSIGHTS SHARED FROM THE STUDENTS OF THE ONLINE BIBLE STUDY

OUR standard of living should be set on God’s standard.

There are requirements on conduct, character that we have no alternative but to obey; such as being completely humble and gentle, patient, bearing with one another in love.

Bearing one another in love, this is something needed to be practiced in our churches, there times you must be patient with the stubborn minister and appreciate those who are strongly gifted, do not cause wars with them. As we serve with our different gifts we ae

serving one God leading us to one heaven, sometimes Christians are in competition as if we have different heavens to go to!!

Prophets, apostle, evangelists, pastors, and teachers we all belong to one body we are joined together, each part of the body must properly function. We need each other to preach the true gospel.

Verses 14-19

Paul knows that men can be tricky, deceitful, schemers and his warning is the church to keep alert and grow up in Christ

Those that use them for exploitation do not live a legacy for one to emulate instead it becomes a downfall.

Verse 20.

Here is away we must learn about Christ.

Saying the truth, Christ is the way the truth and the light.

The opposite of that leads to the devil’s ways

Verse 22

We were taught to put off our old self, it’s the one that gets corrupted with deceitful desires, maybe we need to examine ourselves in light of this word to have the righteousness of God

Verse 27

Every time we tell lies to a brother or sister then we are giving the devil a foothold

Do not give the devil a foothold, he will end up taking a mile long and it may be difficult to determine how far he goes, so deny him that foothold. One chance given to the devil, he destroys and kills you.

I believe we all know the holes in our lives where the devil is using to enter into your lives.

My sister, my brother cement the holes to give the devil no foothold📌

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