Ephesians Chapter 4
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16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
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Matthew Henry's Ephesians Chapter 4 Bible commentary...
Exhortations to mutual forbearance and union. (1-6) To a due use of spiritual gifts and graces. (7-16) To purity and holiness. (17-24) And to take heed of the sins practised among the heathen. (25-32)1-6 Nothing is pressed more earnestly in the Scriptures, than to walk as becomes those called to Christ's kingdom and glory. By lowliness, understand humility, which is opposed to pride. By meekness, that excellent disposition of soul, which makes men unwilling to provoke, and not easily to be provoked or offended. We find much in ourselves for which we can hardly forgive ourselves; therefore we must not be surprised if we find in others that which we think it hard to forgive. There is one Christ in whom all believers hope, and one heaven they are all hoping for; therefore they should be of one heart. They had all one faith, as to its object, Author, nature, and power. They all believed the same as to the great truths of religion; they had all been admitted into the church by one baptism, with water, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, as the sign of regeneration. In all believers God the Father dwells, as in his holy temple, by his Spirit and special grace.
7-16 Unto every believer is given some gift of grace, for their mutual help. All is given as seems best to Christ to bestow upon every one. He received for them, that he might give to them, a large measure of gifts and graces; particularly the gift of the Holy Ghost. Not a mere head knowledge, or bare acknowledging Christ to be the Son of God, but such as brings trust and obedience. There is a fulness in Christ, and a measure of that fulness given in the counsel of God to every believer; but we never come to the perfect measure till we come to heaven. God's children are growing, as long as they are in this world; and the Christian's growth tends to the glory of Christ. The more a man finds himself drawn out to improve in his station, and according to his measure, all that he has received, to the spiritual good of others, he may the more certainly believe that he has the grace of sincere love and charity rooted in his heart.
17-24 The apostle charged the Ephesians in the name and by the authority of the Lord Jesus, that having professed the gospel, they should not be as the unconverted Gentiles, who walked in vain fancies and carnal affections. Do not men, on every side, walk in the vanity of their minds? Must not we then urge the distinction between real and nominal Christians? They were void of all saving knowledge; they sat in darkness, and loved it rather than light. They had a dislike and hatred to a life of holiness, which is not only the way of life God requires and approves, and by which we live to him, but which has some likeness to God himself in his purity, righteousness, truth, and goodness. The truth of Christ appears in its beauty and power, when it appears as in Jesus. The corrupt nature is called a man; like the human body, it is of divers parts, supporting and strengthening one another. Sinful desires are deceitful lusts; they promise men happiness, but render them more miserable; and bring them to destruction, if not subdued and mortified. These therefore must be put off, as an old garment, a filthy garment; they must be subdued and mortified. But it is not enough to shake off corrupt principles; we must have gracious ones. By the new man, is meant the new nature, the new creature, directed by a new principle, even regenerating grace, enabling a man to lead a new life of righteousness and holiness. This is created, or brought forth by God's almighty power.
25-28 Notice the particulars wherewith we should adorn our Christian profession. Take heed of every thing contrary to truth. No longer flatter or deceive others. God's people are children who will not lie, who dare not lie, who hate and abhor lying. Take heed of anger and ungoverned passions. If there is just occasion to express displeasure at what is wrong, and to reprove, see that it be without sin. We give place to the devil, when the first motions of sin are not grievous to our souls; when we consent to them; and when we repeat an evil deed. This teaches that as sin, if yielded unto, lets in the devil upon us, we are to resist it, keeping from all appearance of evil. Idleness makes thieves. Those who will not work, expose themselves to temptations to steal. Men ought to be industrious, that they may do some good, and that they may be kept from temptation. They must labour, not only that they may live honestly, but that they may have to give to the wants of others. What then must we think of those called Christians, who grow rich by fraud, oppression, and deceitful practices! Alms, to be accepted of God, must not be gained by unrighteousness and robbery, but by honesty and industry. God hates robbery for burnt-offerings.
29-32 Filthy words proceed from corruption in the speaker, and they corrupt the minds and manners of those who hear them: Christians should beware of all such discourse. It is the duty of Christians to seek, by the blessing of God, to bring persons to think seriously, and to encourage and warn believers by their conversation. Be ye kind one to another. This sets forth the principle of love in the heart, and the outward expression of it, in a humble, courteous behaviour. Mark how God's forgiveness causes us to forgive. God forgives us, though we had no cause to sin against him. We must forgive, as he has forgiven us. All lying, and corrupt communications, that stir up evil desires and lusts, grieve the Spirit of God. Corrupt passions of bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil-speaking, and malice, grieve the Holy Spirit. Provoke not the holy, blessed Spirit of God to withdraw his presence and his gracious influences. The body will be redeemed from the power of the grave at the resurrection day. Wherever that blessed Spirit dwells as a Sanctifier, he is the earnest of all the joys and glories of that redemption day; and we should be undone, should God take away his Holy Spirit from us.
Bro Jeff's Ephesians Chapter 4 comment about verse 16 on 11/24/2013, 9:47am...
I think it show's the diversity of the body being brought together by Christ in unity. That we all gain strength by and through each other and we grow according.
BSP's Ephesians Chapter 4 comment about verse 32 on 11/20/2013, 7:53am...
When we sit and think about how God freely forgave our sins by means of the sacrifice of his son Jesus, it helps us to be able to forgive others. This is what is pleasing to God.
Anthony's Ephesians Chapter 4 comment about verse 13 on 11/14/2013, 3:14pm...
The Lord Jesus Christ prayed in John 17 that his disciples would be one even as He and the Father are One. When I see anyone who loves Jesus Christ, I will treat him/her as a brother/sister in Christ. By this shall all men know you are my disciples if you have love one to another, He said. Tragically, even among those of like minded theology have divisions among them, and the Apostle Paul said such divisions are the result of carnality within the church. Those who want the pre-eminence lord it over those who either wish to remain nuetral, or those with whom they disagree. If we read the 17th chapter of John, we can't ignore our Savior's impassioned plea for the Father to give us certain advantages that stem from His love. Life is too short, Jesus Christ will judge everyone, and He only left one commission for the body of believers, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel, making disciples, commanding them to observe what I have commanded you: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.
B's Ephesians Chapter 4 comment on 11/10/2013, 7:30pm...
If we do get angry with our brother or sister we should forgive as our father has forgiven us which is in heaven.
David's Ephesians Chapter 4 comment about verse 26 on 11/07/2013, 6:22am...
Blessings my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. Such a powerful sentence, yet direct and to the point; here is my understanding to what Paul is telling the Ephesians and to everyone that reads. “Be ye angry” is not alone in context here, and is not referring to the demonstration of anger towards others. Paul says, “Be ye angry, and sin not”, a single phrase referring that the individual being their own worst critic, because we are all sinners.
Second part: “let not the sun go down upon your wrath” refers to; as we realize we have sinned and are “angry” at our lack of self control, we need to ask God for forgiveness and be at peace with it. “let not the sun go down upon your wrath” It is important the moment we realize we have sinned that we ask God for forgiveness and not put it off for another time.
BSP's Ephesians Chapter 4 comment about verse 26 on 10/28/2013, 7:58am...
This scripture shows that as humans we will get angry, but how we handle that anger makes a difference of whether we commit a sin. We have to have self-control and not have uncontrolled anger. We should take time to remove ourselves from the situation and take the matter to God in prayer.
Jessica's Ephesians Chapter 4 comment on 10/27/2013, 9:00pm...
My Comment is a response to Joel's comment on Ephesians Chapter 4, Verse 11. I don't actually know, myself, but I think There's Some More Criteria on being at least an Overseer, and on being a Bishop of a Church in either 1 or 2 Timothy, and I think anyone wanting to be a Pastor, could learn from That. But like I say, I don't really know. There are Ways you can test whether or not you're in the Faith in 1 or 2 Corinthians, 1 and 2 and maybe 3 John as well, cause I know you've got to be in the Faith to be a Pastor. I'm more familiar with God's Calling on my life to be an Evangelist. God just started Telling me to tell strangers on the street that Jesus Loves them when I was 17, and that He was going to Train me to Hear His Voice. And I later got some training and human qualifications to be an Evangelist, much of this training though, I don't remember. I only remember What God Taught me. We have an Anointing, Which is not a lie, but the Truth, and have no need of any [human] teaching us, according to the Bible Somewhere. Once you figure out Knowing God's Voice, It should be easier to know whether or not, God has Called you to be a Pastor, or for That Matter, Anything Else. I hope This Helps.
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