Ephesians 4:1

We can’t fully fathom the mind of another person.  If we are going to be members of the household of God, we must be ready to bear with one another. 

Through verse six is a complete picture of the body of Christ.  Leave anything out and it is incomplete add anything ad we’ve gone too far.

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. 

One of each shows us the completeness and focus. 

Grace is a way of saying abilities.

7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.   

9 (Now this, “He ascended” — what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 

He conquered death and gives great hope. 

11 And He Himself gave some [to be] apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

These are the gifts given to prepare people to do good deeds for the Lord.

13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 

God wants us to be unified to do works of service in Jesus name.

16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.  

We should teach in the Spirit of Love.

—Tommy Williams, at Robert Lee, Texas, 3-23-05 pm. (part of a chapter-by-chapter study through the New Textament). Notes on his sermon that morning appear on this website under the heading, “The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.” Moree information regarding Brother Williams and these two sermons appears following those notes.

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