Previously posted by Pastor Wolfmueller.
(32 verses, 3:46 to read)
What I am about to READ
- St. Paul continues his discussion of the Lord’s kindness toward the church in this chapter.
- As with all the epistles, this chapter is packed full of wisdom and teaching. Here is a suggested outline:
4:1-3, Paul entreats us to walk worthy of our calling, in humility, for the sake of unity.
4:4-6, The unity of the church is established but the unity of God, and the unity of baptism.
4:7-16, The Ascended Jesus gives gifts of evangelists, apostles, prophets, and pastors to the church for the work of ministry and the building up of the body of Christ in the unity of doctrine.
4:17-32, We have the mind of Christ so that we do not walk according to the ways of the world.
- 4:8 quotes Psalm 68:18, a Psalm of Christ that especially highlights His Ascension. It is stunning to see how Paul connects the life of the church to the Ascension of Jesus, and this is a connection we should continue to meditate on. It might not look like Jesus is sitting on the throne of heaven and ruling all things for the sake of the church, but this, indeed, is the reality that Scriptures put before us.
- 4:11 lists pastors and teachers among the gifts the Ascended Jesus gives to His church, a stunning and humbling thing for the Lord’s pastors to realize.
- The importance of a mature unity of doctrine is emphasized in 4:13-16.
- 4:25-32 are meditations on the 5th, 7th, and 8th commandments. Wee if you can see which verses are talking about which commandments.
- Heavenly Father, thank You for establishing Your church, for making me part of it, for giving us unity and joy in the doctrine of Christ, and for rescuing us from a life given over to serving the sinful flesh. Amen.
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