Revelation Lesson 7 Day 5 Ephesians 4

Ephesians 4

11.  Our conduct with other believers Ephesians 4:1-16

  • Live a life worthy of your calling. [Live a life that exhibits godly character, moral courage, personal integrity, and mature behavior—a life that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation AMP]
  • Always be humble [forsaking self-righteousness], and gentle [maintaining self-control].
  • Be patient with each other with unselfish love.
  • Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
  • Gifts Christ gave to the church:
    • Apostles
    • Prophets
    • Evangelists
    • Shepherd-teachers (The original writing suggests these two gifts go together.)

      Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ….until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. NLT

All believers should share their faith with others, drawing on the power of the Holy Spirit. But an evangelist ministers under a special anointing.

All believers are to teach (1 Peter 3:15), but that doesn’t make them teachers. All believers can prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:31), but that doesn’t make them prophets. Likewise, all believers can and should minister to the lost, but that doesn’t make them evangelists. AWMI

Our conduct toward unbelievers —

  • Don’t live like the unbelieving world around you. It is full of darkness.
    • They are hopelessly confused.
    • Their minds are full of darkness.
    • They wander far from the life God gives.
    • They have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against Him.
    • They have no sense of shame.
    • They live for lustful pleasure and every sort of perversion.
  • Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, corrupted by lust and deception.
  • Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.

12. Put off your old self and put on the new self

I so want to see this in my life. I don’t want to just study the Word. I want to LIVE it!

This is Andrew’s area of expertise. I knew I couldn’t do it justice, so here is what he wrote —

Paul was saying that we have to not only reprogram our minds with new information but also allow these new truths to change our attitudes. Synonyms for “attitude” are outlook, feeling, sentiment, and disposition. Our perspectives have to change. …

So, it is not good enough to just learn facts from God’s Word and store those facts so that we can recall them. We have to meditate on the truths of God’s Word until our outlook, feelings, sentiments, and dispositions have been renewed to God’s way of thinking.

The Greek word that was translated “put on” in this verse is “ENDYO,” and it means “to sink into (clothing), put on, clothe one’s self” (Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon). This is a word picture describing the way we should wear our new, born-again selves on the outside, through our actions, in a way that all can see. In the same way that people see our clothes instead of our nakedness, so our new attitudes and actions should be visible instead of our flesh.

Note 16 at Ephesians 4:24: The New International Version translates the phrase “which after God” as “created to be like God.” Today’s English Version translates this same phrase as “which is created in God’s likeness.” That’s the point Paul was making. Our “new man” was created just like Jesus (see note 9 at 2 Corinthians 5:17). In our spirits, we are as right now as Jesus is (1 John 4:17).  AWMI

13. Ephesians 4:25-32

I need to reread the book of James. Soon.

Words are so powerful, and mine aren’t all that pleasing to God.

It’s frustrating. After spending 30 hours a week on Bible study plus listening to and reading other teaching messages, why don’t I have more control over my tongue? The tongue is indeed an unruly member.

This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! James 3:8-10 MSG

I’m usually quiet, but it seems when I do open my mouth, what comes out isn’t always edifying, encouraging or uplifting.

Much too often, it’s complaining, self-centered, autobiographical, gossip, or a jab.

Then I beat myself up about it. More self-centeredness. It’s a ridiculous cycle.

Thankfully, I didn’t grow up hearing profanity. So that isn’t a problem.

But it is quite possible to effectively hurt someone’s feelings using otherwise acceptable language.


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