stature, &c.--The standard of spiritual "stature" is "the fulness of Christ," that is, which Christ has ( Ephesians 1:23 , 3:19 ; compare Galatians 4:19 ); that the body should be worthy of the Head, the perfect Christ. Ephesians 4; NIV - Unity and Maturity in the Body of - Bible Gateway. suitable to its prescriptions, spirit, and design, he is not likely to get his soul saved unto eternal life. Those who are not saved from dishonesty fear not God, though they may dread man. This was therefore a powerful motive to them to comfort him under it by their obedience. Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ. the thing which is good--in contrast with theft, the thing which was evil in his past character. p. 231: Αγαθον εις φιλιαν οιδα σε· I know thee to be good (formed) for friendship. Wherefore he saith - The reference seems to be to Psalm 68:18, which, however it may speak of the removal of the tabernacle, appears to have been intended to point out the glorious ascension of Christ after his resurrection from the dead. 5 - One baptism It could be argued that there is one purpose of baptism although there are several methods. And through all - Pervading every thing; being present with every thing; providing for all creatures; and by his energy supporting all things. lying--"falsehood": the abstract. Many of the oldest versions and Fathers and old manuscripts read, "in us all." ( Eph 4:11-12) The offices of spiritual leadership in the church and their purpose. Compare Ephesians 4:32 with Ephesians 1:7 ; Ephesians 5:1 with Ephesians 1:5 ; Ephesians 4:30 , with Ephesians 1:13 ; Ephesians 5:15 , with Ephesians 1:8 . Thus the Trinity is again set forth. "Baptism" is specified, being the sacrament whereby we are incorporated into the "one body." wrath--passion for a time: opposed to "tender-hearted." 13. come in--rather, "attain unto." Two hearts in one body would be monstrous. The Church is one in unity of faith ( Ephesians 4:5 , Jude 1:3 ); unity of origination ( Ephesians 2:19-21 ): unity of sacraments ( Ephesians 4:5 , 1 Corinthians 10:17 , 12:13 ): unity of "hope" ( Ephesians 4:4 , Titus 1:2 ); unity of charity ( Ephesians 4:3 ): unity (not uniformity) of discipline and governme nt: for where there is no order, no ministry with Christ as the Head, there is no Church [PEARSON, Exposition of the Creed, Article IX]. That ye--following "Ye have been taught" ( Ephesians 4:21 ). The mind is to be renovated; and not only its general complexion, but the very spirit of it; all its faculties and powers must be thoroughly, completely, and universally renewed. as the truth is in Jesus--Translate in connection with "taught"; "And in Him have been taught, according as is truth in Jesus." The word spoken "gives grace to the hearers" when God uses it as His instrument for that purpose. He that descended - And he who descended so low is the same who has ascended so high. Gives various exhortations relative to the purification of their minds, their conduct to each other, and to the poor, Ephesians 4:22-28. Many preachers, and multitudes of professing people, are studious to find out how many imperfections and infidelities, and how much inward sinfulness, is consistent with a safe state in religion but how few, very few, are bringing out the fair Gospel standard to try the height of the members of the Church; whether they be fit for the heavenly army; whether their stature be such as qualifies them for the ranks of the Church militant! In contrast to "the holiness of the truth," Ephesians 4:24 , and "truth in Jesus," Ephesians 4:21 ; and answering to Gentile "vanity," Ephesians 4:17 . Ephesians follows a theme common in Paul's writings: connecting theory with practice. But leading "captive" of the "captive hand" ("captivity") of satanic powers, may imply that the warfare reached to their habitation itself ( Psalms 63:9 ). A motive to unity ( Ephesians 4:3 ). Seasonably edifying; according as the occasion and present needs of the hearers require, now censure, at another time consolation. They are not Christians, and they act beneath the character of men. "Truth" is therefore used in the most comprehensive sense, truth in its essence, and highest perfection, in Jesus; "if according as it is thus in Him, ye have been so taught in Him"; in contrast to "the vanity of mind of the Gentiles" ( Ephesians 4:17 ; compare John 1:14 John 1:17 , 18:37 ). 6. above--"over all." For a full illustration of this verse, the reader is requested to refer to the notes on 1 Corinthians 12:6-10; (note), 1 Corinthians 12:28-30; (note); and to the concluding observations at the end of that chapter. Shows them that their conversation should be chaste and holy, that they might not grieve the Spirit of God; that they should avoid all bad tempers, be kindly affectioned one to another, and be of a forgiving spirit, Ephesians 4:29-32. Here their foolishness was manifested. 4 I, therefore, the prisoner [ a]of the Lord, [ b]beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. I shall not trouble my reader with them; they may be seen in Rosenmuller. Where there is spiritual "life" ("the life of God") there is feeling; where there is not, there is "hardness.". Not the Lord's Supper, which is an act of matured communion on the part of those already incorporate, "a symbol of union, not of unity" [ELLICOTT]. It is in Christ that God vouchsafes forgiveness to us. "Righteousness" is in relation to our fellow men, the second table of the law; "Holiness," in relation to God, the first table; the religious observance of offices of piety (compare Luke 1:75 ). Moreover, His design "that He might fill all things" ( Ephesians 4:10 , Greek, "the whole uerse of things") may imply the same. The gifts which Jesus Christ distributes to man he has received in man, in and by virtue of his incarnation; and it is in consequence of his being made man that it may be said, The Lord God dwells among them; for Jesus was called Immanuel, God with us, in consequence of his incarnation. even as--God hath shown Himself "kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving to you"; it is but just that you in turn shall be so to your fellow men, who have not erred against you in the degree that you have erred against God ( Matthew 18:33 ). For the perfecting of the saints - For the complete instruction, purification, and union of all who have believed in Christ Jesus, both Jews and Gentiles. Which after God is created in righteousness - Here is certainly an allusion to the creation of man. This may be understood thus: Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God - By giving way to any wrong temper, unholy word, or unrighteous action. Some suppose that the calling refers to the epithets usually given to the Christians; such as children of Abraham, children of God, true Israel of God, heirs of God, saints, fellow citizens with the saints, etc., etc. It must never be forgotten that the Holy Scriptures themselves are capable of making men wise unto salvation, if read and studied with faith in Christ. I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord— Imprisoned for his sake and for your sakes; for the sake of the gospel which he had preached amongst them. Now, as it is a very poor calling by which a man cannot live, so it is a poor religion by which a man cannot get his soul saved. let him labour--Theft and idleness go together. life of God--that life whereby God lives in His own people: as He was the life and light in Adam before the irruption of death and darkness into human nature; and as He is the life in the regenerate ( Galatians 2:20 ). Indeed, the Jews, though converted, might be envious that the Gentiles were admitted to the same glorious privileges with themselves, without being initiated into them by bearing the yoke and burden of the Mosaic law. In the unity of the faith - Jews and Gentiles being all converted according to the doctrines laid down in the faith - the Christian system. The truth of God should be so preached to all the members of the Church of God, that they may all receive an increase of grace and life; so that each, in whatever state he may be, may get forward in the way of truth and holiness. hope--here associated with "the Spirit," which is the "earnest of our inheritance" ( Ephesians 1:13 Ephesians 1:14 ). This is the spiritual body of Christ, the church, made up of Jews, Gentiles, all people and even includes the saved who no longer live on earth. Ephesians 4:1-32 . One Spirit - The Holy Ghost, who animates this body. See the note on Genesis 1:26. Let your conversation be pure, wise, and holy, that it may he the means of conveying grace, or Divine influences, to them that hear. Which is corrupt - The whole of your former life was corrupt and abominable; ye lived in the pursuit of pleasure and happiness; ye sought this in the gratification of the lusts of the flesh; and were ever deceived by these lusts, and disappointed in your expectations. But that he also descended - The meaning of the apostle appears to be this: The person who ascended is the Messiah, and his ascension plainly intimates his descension; that is, his incarnation, humiliation, death, and resurrection. Putrid, impure; so Aristophanes in Lysistrat., p. 859, calls a bad woman. See Kypke, from whom I quote. The sense is not, Your anger shall not be imputed to you if you put it away before nightfall; but "let no wrath (that is, as the Greek, personal 'irritation' or 'exasperation') mingle with your 'anger,' even though, the latter be righteous, [TRENCH, Greek Synonyms of the New Testament]. vocation--Translate, "calling" to accord, as the Greek does, with "called" ( Ephesians 4:4 , Ephesians 1:18 , Romans 8:28 Romans 8:30 ). One baptism - Administered in the name of the holy Trinity; indicative of the influences, privileges, and effects of the Christian religion. (Ephesians 4 Commentary) Regarding the metaphor of one body Boice comments that "Comparing the church to a body is particularly appropriate in this passage, however, for a body is something that works together, even though it is composed of many … Sound learning is of great worth, even in religion; the wisest and best instructed Christians are the most steady, and may be the most useful. TRENCH explains, Not vague generalities, which would suit a thousand other cases equally well, and probably equally ill: our words should be as nails fastened in a sure place, words suiting the present time and the present person, being "for the edifying of the occasion" ( Colossians 4:6 ). Union among the followers of Christ is strongly recommended. 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