• Privileges and Responsibility

    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 ...Read More

  • One in Spirit

    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 ...Read More

  • One Body, One Spirit, One Call

    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 ...Read More

  • Church Unity

    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 ...

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  • Montanism

    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 ...Read More

  • The United and Universal Church

    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 ...Read More

  • One Baptism

    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 ...Read More

  • One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

    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 ...Read More

  • Sovereign Gifting

    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 ...Read More

  • Gift-giver and Protector

    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 ...Read More

  • Gifts from the Ascended Christ

    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 ...Read More

  • Christ Ascended

    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 ...Read More

  • Evangelists, Shepherds, and Teachers

    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 ...Read More

  • The Gift of Officers

    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 ...Read More

  • Prophets and Apostles

    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 ...Read More