Walk Series – Week 15 (Ephesians 4:1-6)
Intro: How do you really appreciate thankfulness? “Walk Worthy of your Call!”
How are we to live day by day? How does our position in Christ work itself out in our lives? How does Christ help us deal with the trials, problems, difficulties, and sufferings of day to day living? The believer's walk is the subject of Ephesians from this point on. We owe God more than we could ever pay. We owe God so much that we could never even begin to pay Him. What then can we do? Very little, but there is one thing that we must do: we must walk worthy of our calling. We must walk worthy of the honored position to which God has exalted us.
Text: Ephesians 4:1-6 (NKJV)
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, 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. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
1. The Way to Walk Worthy: vs. 1-2
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, 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.”
Would you agree - God has done so much for us? How can the believer walk worthy? What must the believer do to please God as he lives day by day, at work, at play, at school, with fellow believers, at church, at home, with neighbors, with family and with friends. Once a person believes in Jesus Christ and becomes a member of God's people and of God's church, what must that person do to walk worthy of God's great calling—to bring honor to the name of Christ and His church? “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
The believer must walk with all the fruits of the Spirit.
2. The Purpose for Walking Worthy: vs. 3
“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” The purpose for walking worthy is onefold—unity. Jesus Christ has broken down all walls and barriers existing between men.
So what wall is keeping you from the oneness? A unity? When a person comes to Christ in such a spirit, the Spirit of God enters his life and binds the person to all other believers. There is a great spiritual bond of peace produced by the Spirit of God between all believers. All divisiveness, differences, and prejudices are set aside; and a spirit of love, peace, and unity exist. Within the church there is a prevailing spirit of peace produced by God's Spirit.
Not every believer walks in the Spirit—not all the time. Too often, believers allow self and the old life to re-enter the picture—their old... NATURE! The result is catastrophic for the church: divisiveness and a disturbance of the peace and spirit of unity, the word "endeavor" means being diligent, working to take care and to do one's very best, and to make haste to do it. The only way to walk worthy of God's great calling is to work at keeping the peace and unity which God has given us. Nothing cuts the heart of God like divisiveness between His people, divisiveness which tears apart His church. The very thing God is doing is creating a new body of people to live together in the love and unity of His Son. He is going to create a new heavens and earth in which there will be no other spirit.
“I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” 1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT)
“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it. 10 For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. 11 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.” 1 Peter 3:8-11 (NLT) THAT’S THE PURPOSE!
3. The Seven Basic Reasons: vs. 4-6
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” There are seven basic reasons why we should walk worthy and strive to keep the peace and unity of God's Spirit in the church.
- There is only "one body." God gives a new birth to the believer—quickens him spiritually—causes him to be born again, God makes a new creature, a new man out of the believer, God places His divine nature into the believer, God puts His Holy Spirit into the believer, actually has His Spirit enter the believer's body. The believer's body becomes a temple for the presence of God's Spirit, God causes the believer to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit and places the believer into the new body of people He is creating, that is, into the body of Christ, His church. That’s the way the worthy walk is supposed to work, that’s discipleship. There is only one body of true believers, not two—not one body over here and another body over there. This is the reason we are to strive to keep the peace and the unity of the Spirit. There is only one body, and only as we keep the peace and unity of the body can we walk worthy of God's great calling.
- There is only "one Spirit." The same Spirit that dwells within one member of the body dwells in all members of the body. Each member is to do his part in carrying out the mission of the body—for Christ.
- There is only "one hope." What God is after is for us to live as we shall live in the future. Our future lives in the new heavens and earth are to be the pattern for the way we live together now. We shall be redeemed and reconciled to God and to each other—all living together in a perfect world of love and joy and peace for ever and ever. The hope for eternity—the hope that fills our hearts for such a world—is to be the driving force that stirs us to live together in peace and unity.
- There is only "one Lord." There is only one Master and King. Every believer has bowed before the same Lord to become His subject and to receive His orders. “There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.” 1 Corinthians 12:5
- There is only "one faith." Every believer has come to God in the very same way—by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith in Him is the only way, the only true faith. Standing before God and having come to Him through the same faith, there is no room for any differences. We all stand on the same ground, on the same level: the ground and level of faith.
- There is only "one baptism." All believers have given public witness to their faith by submitting to the ordinance of water baptism. Divisiveness is a reflection of the depth of our commitment. It shows that our sincerity in being baptized was lacking, greatly lacking. It shows that we care little for Christ and for our baptism experience, for the great ordinance which initiated us into the church. “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13
- There is only "one God and Father of all."
“For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6 (NLT)
WALK WORTHY OF YOUR CALL!
Wouldn’t be a shame for an individual or a church to need crutches in order to walk, wouldn’t it be a shame for an individual or a church to need to be pushed in a wheel chair and never walk again? There are a lot of churches being pushed because the wheel chair is the world and they don’t want to get up and walk on their own. My goal as a pastor for the upcoming year is to help anyone who depends on a crutch or a wheel chair to get around. The therapy that God is going to allow me to use to help you walk the worthy walk is spiritual therapy. It is a discipleship Manual, (the Word of God) Are you ready?
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