• Privileges and Responsibility Devotional

    Ephesians 4:1

    Living in a manner worthy of our calling is not following a legalistic checklist of do’s and don’ts. Instead, it is a gratitude-inspired pursuit of God-given growth in personal holiness. Even though this is our duty, it should also delight us. If living according to the Lord’s will does not always seem like a delight to you, ask Him to make you rejoice in His law, but do not fail to keep your duty when because of sin it does not seem enjoyable. View Resource

  • One in Spirit Devotional

    Ephesians 4:2-3

    We cannot sacrifice truth for the sake of a superficial visible unity, which is an error evident in the liberal arm of the ecumenical movement. Still, we should not think that all efforts at visible church unity represent liberalism, for the splintering of the church into many denominations makes it hard for the world to see the love of Christ among believers. Let us work for visible unity where possible, bearing with one another in patience and love. View Resource

  • One Body, One Spirit, One Call Devotional

    Ephesians 4:4

    Although we all have different roles in the body of Christ, our call is the same — to live together in loving unity with other believers as we worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness and proclaim the gospel to the world. When we consider our individual giftings, we should remember that while we have distinct vocations that contribute to the furtherance of God’s purposes, all of us have the same call and must support one another in fulfilling it. View Resource

  • Church Unity Devotional

    Ephesians 4:4–6

    The doctrinal differences we have with others over secondary theological matters are not insignificant, and we do not want to pretend we agree where we do not. However, our differences over secondary issues should not keep us from recognizing the true unity we have with other believers in other traditions and churches. Let us endeavor to foster church unity where we can and to recognize that the church is bigger than our local assembly.

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  • Montanism Devotional

    Ephesians 4:4–6

    Even today there is a tendency to distinguish between different kinds of believers in some corners of the church. We hear of “Spirit-filled” and “non-Spirit-filled” Christians. Some also make a distinction between “carnal” and “spiritual” believers. But all those who believe in Jesus have the Spirit, and even though some Christians may be further along in their spiritual journey, there is no power for Christian living that is available only to certain believers. View Resource

  • The United and Universal Church Devotional

    Ephesians 4:4-6

    Many people want to promote visible unity at the expense of the truth. But it should be evident that if individuals cannot agree on the basics of the truth, they are not united in any meaningful sense. Unity at the expense of truth is a foundationless unity, but that does not mean the pursuit of unity—even visible unity—is in itself sinful. We should be seeking unity that does not compromise the gospel. It is what Jesus prayed for. View Resource

  • One Baptism Devotional

    Ephesians 4:5

    Salvation is entirely by God’s grace from first to last. God only regenerates His people once and He preserves them in that state forever (Rom. 8:29–30). Water baptism in and of itself does not regenerate us, but it does show forth God’s promise to regenerate us once for all. Let us be grateful for His grace in regeneration and that if we are once regenerated, we will be forever regenerated. And when we see a baptism, let us remember this great truth. View Resource

  • One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism Devotional

    Ephesians 4:5-6

    Water baptism does not guarantee that the person baptized has true faith in the Messiah, but it is so closely tied to the baptism of the Spirit we receive at conversion that people should not be rebaptized even if they come to faith in the triune God after experiencing the sacrament. Those who have been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit need not ever be rebaptized, but they do need to persevere in faith to enjoy eternal life. View Resource

  • Sovereign Gifting Devotional

    Ephesians 4:7

    Christ bestows gifts upon His people as He sees fit, guaranteeing that all of us have an important part to play in the advance of His kingdom (1 Cor. 12:1–11). As Christians, then, we must truly appreciate the variety of talents and giftings in the church and never think that one gift is more important than another. There is no reason to be jealous of another’s gifting or to think we are more important than others due to the gifts we possess. View Resource

  • Gift-giver and Protector Devotional

    Ephesians 4:7–12

    “The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still” is the cry of the believer’s confidence in the protecting work of Christ. We may suffer in this world, but in Jesus we are kept from everlasting destruction. We, therefore, will rule and reign with Him over His enemies forever. Without minimizing the tragedies we face in this world, there is a sense in which we can laugh in the face of death and suffering because we are sure to overcome it in Christ. View Resource

  • Gifts from the Ascended Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 4:8-10

    Christ’s ascension to the right hand of God the Father demonstrates His sovereign authority to distribute good gifts to us as He wills. Because He has conquered death and hell, Jesus can give what is best to each of us, and we have no right to question His sovereign allocation. We should therefore not ask why He has not given certain gifts to us; rather, we should strive to develop and use the gifts that we do have. View Resource

  • Christ Ascended Devotional

    Ephesians 4:9-10

    The ascension of Christ makes it possible for people all over the world to commune with Him both in His deity and His humanity. The whole Christ is present to us so that we can benefit from His humanity even though His physical body is localized in heaven. Let us fellowship with Him in prayer today, asking God to conform us to the image of His Son. View Resource

  • Evangelists, Shepherds, and Teachers Devotional

    Ephesians 4:11

    Are you thankful for the evangelists, shepherds, and teachers whom God has given your church? It is easy to be critical of our leaders and teachers and to criticize them for their real or perceived failings. But God in His wisdom has given these officers to the church. Let us be thankful for them and express our thanks to them and to God. View Resource

  • The Gift of Officers Devotional

    Ephesians 4:11

    All Christians rest upon the teaching of the apostles and prophets in sacred Scripture, but God has ordained that evangelists, pastors, and teachers are also necessary for healthy spiritual growth. The Lord does not ordinarily bring us to maturity through studying the Bible in isolation, but He uses these officers and others to instruct, admonish, and encourage us. Do you appreciate the pastors, teachers, and evangelists in your life? View Resource

  • Prophets and Apostles Devotional

    Ephesians 4:11

    God gave the Apostles and prophets for the good of His people, and they fulfilled their task by delivering to us His infallible Word. If we want to benefit from what these officers have to offer us today, we must pay heed to what they give us in Scripture. There is no other place today where we can find God’s special revelation to His people. View Resource