I recently posted an introduction to this The Walking Series. If you missed my post, How Then Should We Walk?, you can click here to read it. Go ahead, we’ll wait for ya.
Welcome back! Today, we are going to continue with Ephesians Chapter 4. (Click here to read it in its entirety.)
We left off last time with verses 1-3 where we looked at walking worthy of our calling “with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
We were encouraged with the reminder that God is the one who does the work in us. We simply need to be a willing vessel for the power of the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. (Phil. 1:6)
Let us consider why we are called to walk in this manner.
Verses 4 – 11 teach that we are all a part of one body and one Spirit in which we are to live and serve in unity.
That being said, we have also been given gifts as individuals in order that our independent parts and gifts work together as a collective “for the edifying of the body of Christ, til 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;” (v. 12-13)
This is the context of verses 1-3.
We must walk with humility, gentleness, patience, love, and unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace so that we are no longer “children tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine”, but that by “speaking the truth in love”, we may “grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ” who “causes growth of the body of the edifying of itself in love.” (v.14-16)
Do you remember Ephesians 2:10?
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
THIS is the reason we need to walk worthy of our calling. This is the reason we were created!
Chapter 4 goes on to teach us that we have a new way of walking. Now that we are in Christ, we need to walk in newness, putting off the former conduct of our old man and putting on the true righteousness and holiness of our new man by the renewing of our minds. (v. 17-24)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” ~2 Corinthians 5:17
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” ~Romans 12:2
Paul concludes Chapter 4 with a Biblical process of change that involves a “putting off” of our old nature as well as a “putting on” of our new nature.
Among the things mentioned that need to be “put off” are: lying, sin as a result of anger, theft, speech that doesn’t edify the hearer, bitterness, and all malice. (v. 25-31)
Instead, we are to “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (v.32)
Friends, this week, let us strive, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to walk in unity, holiness, kindness, and the same forgiveness that Christ has extended towards us.
After all, like my Pastor has said,
What do you think? How has your new life demanded a new lifestyle?
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