Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Ephesians 4:4-6: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. 7. Hedge. Note also that the central figure of Ephesians is not "the Jesus of history," but the Lord Jesus Christ. The "Body" of Christ, he says, is "one"; the "Spirit" of Goal who dwells in it is "one"; and in harmony with this unity of the "Body" of Christ and this unity of the "Spirit" who dwells in it, the great "hope" of all Christian men, of all who have been called into the Divine kingdom and have obeyed the call, is "one." Your calling involves everything that God has done, is doing, and wants to do one day regarding your salvation. Oct 25, 1992. (3) He is in you all. He has spoken of the unity of the Church in the earlier part of the Epistle. God placed us in Christ when He died so that we might share His death and thus come into the benefits of that identification with Him, namely, be separated from the evil nature as part of the salvation He gives us when we believe. Young's Literal: There is but one body and but one Spirit, as also when you were called you had one and the same hope held out to you. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 1979), Eadie - Christians serve one God, are not distracted by a multiplicity of divinities, and need not fear the revenge of one while they are doing homage to his rival.

(Unity of the Body), Lloyd-Jones - We must not say that baptism in any shape or form is vital and essential to salvation, and that a man cannot be saved unless he is baptized. Matthew 21:25 "The baptism of John was from what source, from heaven or from men?" Neither does it say there is one federation of all organized churches forming, as it were, a "Christianized world trust.". 1. When we are tempted to break unity, we need to remember these unifying truths. Page 90). "THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART"-- that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; 10 for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Isaiah 45:5 (Jehovah is addressing King Cyrus - Isa 45:1) "I am the LORD, and there is no other. But we were not only placed in Christ by God the Holy Spirit in order that we might share his death and thus be separated from the evil nature, but we were placed in Him in order that we might share His resurrection and thus have divine life imparted to us. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. (NLT - Tyndale House), Phillips: one God, one Father of us all, who is the one over all, the one working through all and the one living in all. 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended(L) higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe. Each thread is in itself so weak, that a child could break, or the slightest weight would burst it; but when the threads are turned into one rope, their united strength is such as would have seemed incredible. A cord of sympathy is struck more tender than that which binds them to country or home; and though of different nations, complexions, or habits, they will feel that they are one. Indeed, it is a mark of a separating apostasy that it has not the Spirit (Jude 1:19). Here our subject is the Spirit of unity. And they said, "Into John's baptism." Oct 18, 1992 44 Shares Sermon.

It is a unity which arises from the fact — there is and can be but one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ (not into water - this is a spiritual - Spirit-baptism bringing believers into identification and living union with Christ) have clothed yourselves with Christ. Let the Spirit of unity inspire our secret devotions. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson), "urgent invitation to someone to accept responsibilities for a particular task, implying a new relationship to the one who does the calling; the station in life or social role which one has." Eph 5:30-note. 3:11f.=Luke 3:16). Our one faith is the content of the revealed Word of God. The exclusion of the pagan races from "the commonwealth of Israel" had ceased; "the middle wall of partition" which separated them from the sacred court in which the elect nation had nearer access to God had been broken down.

(Phillips: Touchstone). (NASB: Lockman). The old one was the First Adam in whom as our federal head we were made sinners and came under condemnation. Faith accepts the gift and receives the Person. ', Comment: Note the phrase either as here "the baptism of John" or in next verse "baptism of repentance.". There is, therefore, no room for a conflicting administration. The word means literally, “to place into.” Since the ritual of water baptism involved that action, the Greek word meaning “to place into,” came to signify also what we mean by the act of administering the rite of water baptism. This is the kingdom of heaven, which our Lord preached and opened to men. "That they may be made perfect in one," They approach perfection as they approach unity. New International Version (NIV), Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the NEW, 1Co 12:28; Eph 2:20; 3:5; 2Pe 3:2; Jude 17, S Ac 11:27; Ro 12:6; 1Co 12:10, 28; 13:2, 8; 14:1, 39; Eph 2:20; 3:5; 2Pe 3:2, Ac 13:1; Ro 2:21; 12:7; 1Co 12:28; 14:26; 1Ti 1:7; Jas 3:1, NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow God’s Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture, NIV, Quest Study Bible, Comfort Print: The Only Q and A Study Bible, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Romans, Comfort Print, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Personal Size, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Acts, Comfort Print. There is much in thee that is of self and of the flesh, and that can take part in a unity that is of this earth, but that will greatly hinder the unity of the Spirit. And the very first lesson he has to give in regard to this life and walk on earth (Eph. (Ephesians 4 Commentary - The Pulpit Commentary), Eadie - Though He is “over all,” yet He lives not in remote splendor and indifference, for He is “through all;” His influence being everywhere felt in its upholding energies. If they did not know of the Holy Spirit, they had missed the point of John’s baptism.

It involves being adopted as His Son. Paxson summarizes this final unifying doctrine writing... One body -- one God." Ephesians 4:4-6 interprets for us the meaning of His prayer. It is a dense vapour that "appeareth for a little time, and then vanishes away." Pater as here is used of our heavenly Father. 17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer(AN) live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. I like the way Dr Wiersbe handles one baptism writing that "As far as the one body is concerned, there is one baptism—the baptism of the Spirit. He is "over all" its members, and therefore there can be no rival sovereignty. One (1520) (heis) describes that which is united as one in contrast to that which is divided or consisting of separate parts. They were on the point of coming to blows, when a cry was raised that there was a ship on the Goodwin Sands, and that the lifeboat was needed. That is why the truth remains unchangeable, the passing of time does not change it. We know what a masterpiece of divine workmanship a human body is. . "One Father" -- of us whom He has "chosen" and "predestinated unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ" to be His habitation on earth. John 5:44 (Jesus speaking to Jews who were seeking to kill Him asked) "How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another, and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God? The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou. Acts 18:25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John; Comment: Note the distinction from the baptism of in the Name of Jesus (see comment on verse below). 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; 13 for "WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."

Unity in the Body of Christ. The need of such teaching the first Epistle to the Corinthians remarkably illustrates. 4 As a prisoner(A) for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy(B) of the calling(C) you have received. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; Ephesians 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. pervading and filling all with his sustaining and life-giving presence. 1. The material is the lowest, and least worthy of being called a body.

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