In enlarging their views of gospel truths, in their importance, connection, and use.2. And so when Greek speaks of "perfect" (teleios) it is in fact such if it perfectly carries out the purpose for which it was designed. The English word equip means to furnish for service or action by appropriate provisioning. AS THE BODY OF CHRIST, IT MUST CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES AND WILL OF CHRIST.1. This makes sense considering the context and structure of the book of Ephesians. Gradually, however, "working in the church" came to mean performing some religious act within a specific building which was called "the church.". So must be His Church.2. Don’t expect your pastor to do it all. We do not need to ask ourselves, "Am I mature? The Church must be a liberal and benevolent body. The variety and respective usefulness of the members in it (1 Corinthians 12:15, etc.).3. The Church must be a teaching holy.2. The trademarks of the true, living church of Jesus Christ are boldness, power, transformation, and love, lived out in act after act of Christian service. Intro: In the first phrase of verse 17, there is a word that beckons to focus our attention backward.It is the word “ therefore.”Anytime you see “ therefore ” in the Bible, you should stop and see what it is “ there for.” This word calls our minds back to what Paul has been teaching us about our high calling in Christ Jesus. So must be His Church.The mind, and spirit, and life of Christ, must be reflected by the Church, the body of Christ.IV. It is the word of God that equips the saints for ministry. (Ephesians 4:12, 13, 16).6. In this context it speaks of the maturity of one's renewed Christian mind. In the biological sense they mean "mature," or "full grown": the person, animal, or plant achieved the potential inherent in its nature. Every believer is not only to be "fruitful in every good work," but to "hold forth the Word of life," though he should be neither trained nor called to the Christian pastorate. | Expand chapter. (1Cor 12:12). To perfect the saints for the work of the ministry. So many today think that it is the job of the pastoral staff to do the work of ministry! Saints (40) (hagios [word study]) is literally holy one and refers to one set apart (sanctified) for a special purpose. (MacArthur, J: Ephesians. Scripture: Ephesians 4:4–16. It is better to put ten men to work than to do the work of ten men. Paul used the verb form (katartizo) again in second epistle to the Corinthians in his closing admonition to the believers: Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete (present imperative = commands a lifelong, daily process until we see Jesus face to face!) The Church must be a sympathizing body. And so it describes persons who are full grown or mature (especially referring to spiritual maturity). The 1) Progression (Ephesians 4:12), the 2) Purpose (Ephesians 4:13–15), and the 3) Power (Ephesians 4:16) of God’s divine pattern for the building and function of His church. (Colossians 1:18).7. But 1Pe 2:5 (note) makes it clear that every believer is a “priest.” (cp 1Pe 2:9-note) How tragic it is that in most churches the work of God is greatly hindered because the leadership tries to perform the services and doesn’t make adequate use of the sheep. Ephesians Pt. You’ve got other diversified notes. In the OT scriptures the church of the New Testament has an indispensable, God-given guide to living, through which the man of God may achieve an appropriate state, viz. We must continually keep in mind our Lord's warning that apart from abiding in Him as our Vine we can do absolutely nothing of eternal value (Jn 15:5). If service was rendered at all, it was done as an act of social obligation or as an act to those more worthy. Self-denying and forbearing? TO THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE WHICH BELONGS TO THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST: eis metron hlikias tou pleromatos tou Christou: To the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ - In a word this is Christlikeness or conformity to the image of Christ. Zondervan). )LinksEphesians 4:12 NIVEphesians 4:12 NLTEphesians 4:12 ESVEphesians 4:12 NASBEphesians 4:12 KJVEphesians 4:12 Bible AppsEphesians 4:12 ParallelEphesians 4:12 Biblia ParalelaEphesians 4:12 Chinese BibleEphesians 4:12 French BibleEphesians 4:12 German BibleEphesians 4:12 CommentariesBible Hub. By our Lord's own testimony (using the verb diakoneo)... "the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Oikodome - 19x in 19v - Matt 24:1; Mark 13:1f; Rom 14:19; 15:2; 1 Cor 3:9; 14:3, 5, 12, 26; 2Cor 5:1; 10:8; 12:19; 13:10; Eph 2:21; 4:12, 16, 29; 1 Tim 1:4. Figuratively the idea is the process of edification or building up spiritually or spiritual strengthening. The first use of "the faith" referring to the body of truth believed is recorded by Luke who writes that, "the word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith." Lk 10:30, 31, 32, 33, 34 35). (2Ti 3:16, 17-note). In enlarging their views of gospel truths, in their importance, connection, and use.2. Men Working Above! Then tell her to help me." Work (2041) (ergon from érgo = to work) describes toil as an effort or occupation. It follows quite logically that if the "sheep" are not equipped by the shepherds, the body will not function to its full potential or capacity, just as human body that is deficient in vital nutrients fails to fulfill its function optimally. Richards explains teleios (and related words in this group such as teleioo, teleiotes) writing that the emphasis is on... "wholeness and completeness. So must be His Church.2. Jesus has clearly sent us out to preach the Gospel to every creature. (Acts 12:25). He does not say that God has given to us educators, that they might instruct us. Not to make you a smarter sinner, but to make you like the Saviour. I found that amid the many temptations of a rancher's life, this young fellow was holding on to purity and truth. Sermons on Ephesians 4:12. Pleroma - 17x in 17v - all it contains(m)(1), fulfillment(2), full(2), fulness(10), patch(m)(2). No growth toward wholeness and perfection can occur without this increase in the unity of the faith through the understanding of Christian doctrine. This is an amazing testimony of reverence toward God's Word, seldom, if ever, repeated since." (Acts 14:21, 22), "the churches were being strengthened in the faith, (in the doctrinal truths concerning the gospel) and were increasing in number daily." Scripture: Ephesians 4:1–6. Ephesians 1:1-8 Ephesians 1:9-23. II. The word "mending" is the (Ed note: actually the related verb katartizo) word translated in Ephesians 4 as "equipping." It is perfect because every potential it possesses has been realized." A moment's thought will make clear that the instrument to be used by the four support gifts in equipping the saints is the word of God. Now just so also His body the Church. in season and out of season, reproving, rebuking and exhorting with great patience and instruction (2Ti 4:2, 3-note)? 2. It follows that the specific meaning of this phrase is dependent on the context (the text that goes with the text in question). In fact the Greek temple at Corinth housed a large number of harlots ("spiritual priestesses"!) New International Dictionary of NT Theology. Hagios describes all who have been saved by grace through faith and whom God has set apart from that which is secular, profane, and evil and on the other hand dedicated to worship and service of God. (Acts 6:7), Robertson remarks that here "the faith" means, "the gospel, the faith system as in Gal 1:23; Jude 1:3, etc. In fact, the manmade gods were as sinful and degraded as the men who made them! Self-denying and forbearing? Greek: pros ton katartismon ton hagion ei s ergon diakonias, ei s oikodomen tou somatos tou Ch ristou,. The Mysterious Gospel. The infirmities to which the various members are liable.4. Ephesians 4:12-16. 1986. This refers to a growing encounter with the Lord Jesus Himself, so that we come to know Him more and more--not just know about Him, but know Him, directly and personally. Ephesians 5:1-10 Ephesians 5:11-21 Ephesians 5:22-33. All the senses are in the head for the guidance and protection of the body (Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:19; John 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:30).2. Ephesians 4:12-15 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 1:10). Lowly service such as waiting at table, was beneath the dignity of a free man (cf. I. (Acts 20:24), Martha is an example of service of a menial nature but without the proper attitude, Luke recording that, "Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving (diakonia) alone? Saints are holy ones in character and are to manifest a conduct reflective of their high position and privilege. Whenever you feel sick and go to the doctor, he will check your vital signs. The NAS renders metron as measure(8), measurements(1), proper(1), standard(4). To even attempt it is to end up frustrated, exhausted, and emotionally drained--which, of course, is exactly the state in which you find many pastors today! They were fixing their nets, making them strong, preparing them for service, getting them ready for action! Nov 8, 1992. INTRODUCTION: [ Beginning of this sermon on Ephesians 1:3-14 ] A. I. 6. John Piper Nov 8, 1992 38 Shares Sermon. Notes. Ephesians Chapter 6 what Paul is really saying is these gifted men, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, are given for the equipping of the saints – that’s their one duty, to equip the saints – that the saints might do the work of ministry that the body of Christ might be edified. It must be a heavenly body.It is of heavenly formation. We are to give a good, clear-cut, intelligent witness to the world. Romans 8:29 tells us that God's ultimate plan for us is that we be "conformed to the image of his Son." It is to receive celestial influences and impressions from Christ, and then to show them forth.1. So must be His Church.5. What is the purpose of the church in the world? Sermon Bible Commentary. Christ, as its Head, has the preeminence, etc. J. Vernon McGee . Thus, the set-apartness or holiness of the Greek worshipper was characterized by licentious, totally depraved, sinful conduct. 13 Study Guide; Related Resources. 5. The proper attitude for a healthy Christian is an eagerness to grow. They have proved completely unequal to the task of evangelizing the world, counseling the wounded and brokenhearted, ministering to the poor and needy, relieving the oppressed and afflicted, expounding the Scriptures, and challenging the entrenched forces of evil in an increasingly darkened world. Wouldn’t that make church the most boring place you have ever been in your life? Ephesians 4:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ephesians 4:12, NIV: "to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up" Ephesians 4:12, ESV: "to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ," Ephesians 4:12, KJV: "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" New International Dictionary of NT Theology. Sep 17, 1995. II. When the Word is diminished or compromised, the church will be ane… What were they doing? (Nehemiah 9:3, cp Neh 8:5 = The people often stood as a sign of reverence and humility = 1Sa 1:26; 1Ki 8:22; Lk 18:11,13), Comment: How many congregations would sit still for a fourth of a day to hear the book of the law read? Study Ephesians 4 with ... Chester McCalley . Christ, as its Head, has the preeminence, etc. Spiritual wholeness comes when the church, both collectively and individually, is in complete conformity to God’s Word. The Church must be an active body.4. This sermon is part of a series called Series on Ephesians and has been entitled 'Building the Church' - Ephesians 4:12 In putting them in mind of their future glory. )LinksEphesians 4:12 NIVEphesians 4:12 NLTEphesians 4:12 ESVEphesians 4:12 NASBEphesians 4:12 KJVEphesians 4:12 Bible AppsEphesians 4:12 ParallelEphesians 4:12 Biblia ParalelaEphesians 4:12 Chinese BibleEphesians 4:12 French BibleEphesians 4:12 German BibleEphesians 4:12 CommentariesBible Hub, II.IT IS A LIVING BODY.III.AS THE BODY — THE CHURCH JUST EXHIBIT CHRIST'S MIND AND CHARACTER.The body of flesh Christ had was under the control and hallowed influence of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:12-13 – Build each other up! That's the kind of eagerness for maturity we all should have! It must be a heavenly body.It is of heavenly formation. The root word was used as a medical term used for setting bones! While the lists in Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 focus on the gifts, here Paul’s emphasis is on the gifted men. 9 - Praying with the Apostle Paul Wk. Zondervan, Richards, L O: Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Regency, McGee, J V: Thru the Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson, Luke 22:32; John 21:15, 16, 17; Acts 9:31; 11:23; 14:22,23; 20:28; Romans 15:14,29; 1Cor 12:7; 2Cor 7:1; Php 1:25,26; 3:12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18; Colossians 1:28; 1Th 5:11, 12, 1,3, 14; Heb 6:1; 13:17, Acts 1:17,25; 20:24; Ro 12:7; 1Co 4:1,2; 2Cor 3:8; 4:1; 5:18; 6:3; Col 4:17; 1Ti 1:12; 2Timothy 4:5,11, Eph 4:6,29; Romans 14:19; 15:2; 1Corinthians 14:4,5,12,14,26; 2Corinthians 12:19; 1Thessalonians 5:11) (Eph 4:4; 1:23; Colossians 1:24, Ep 4:3,5; Jeremiah 32:38,39; Ezekiel 37:21,22; Zephaniah 3:9; Zechariah 14:9; John 17:21; Acts 4:32; 1Corinthians 1:10; Philippians 2:1, 2, 3, Isaiah 53:11; Matthew 11:27; John 16:3; 17:3,25,26; 2Corinthians 4:6; Philippians 3:8; Colossians 2:2; 2Peter 1:1, 2, 3, 3; 3:18; 1John 5:20, Eph 4:12; 2:15; 1Corinthians 14:20; Colossians 1:28. A. Secular Greek also used it to refer to the furnishing a house. So that the work of the ministry is not the work of the gifted man; he’s simply to equip them from the word of God. (Mt 20:28). But to be what God originally intended for us. Turn with me again to Ephesians chapter 4 where we will pick up our study again in verse 12. Galatians. When you are equipped as saints, when the gifted members of the body are taught by the gifted men given to the body, and the body is equipped for the work of the ministry, you can know when you have reached the goal of all of that equipping. Attain (2658) (katantao from katá = intensifies meaning + antáo = meet) means to happen to, with the implication of something definitive and final coming upon one. I receive what you have given to me. (NASB: Lockman). Men Working Above! It was the residence of the Deity. (Amplified Bible - Lockman), NLT: until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ. Galatians.3. When the ministry was left to the "professionals," there was nothing left for the people to do other than come to church and listen. It is vitally important to understand that the bulk of the work (ministry) in the church is to be accomplished not by the paid staff but by the men and women in the pews. In getting before them their duty in their various connections in life.(H. He realized the strong drift of circumstances, but to be loved by a sweet pure girl, who made him the object of her incessant prayer, and to receive her inspiring letters, kept him from yielding to the evil which enveloped him as an atmosphere; the thought that before long he might claim her as his bride helped to purify and steady his life. To a mature man - Mature manhood conveys the idea that God wants believers to fulfill their humanity, the design which He intended for each of us when He created the first man and the first woman. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! 3. Sealed with the Holy Spirit (vs. 13-14) DISCUSSION: [ Discussion of this sermon on Ephesians 1:3-14 ] A. This letter was meant to be read publicly but it seems we have drifted from such practices, for a variety of reasons. AS THE BODY OF CHRIST, IT MUST CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES AND WILL OF CHRIST. We stand when we sing songs written by men. 10 - Praying with the Apostle Paul Wk. (Body Life - see chapter "Shaping Up the Saints") (Bolding added). Introduction. (Ephesians 4:12, 13, 16).6. Turn the main point of the passage into a prayer for yourself and others. But the Great Commission is not God's supreme and ultimate goal. This same phrase is found in Ro 7:4 and 1Co 10:16. Man (435) (aner) refers to an adult male person and in context as shown in the next verse stands is stark contrast to the believer who is still in spiritual diapers. Diakonía involves compassionate love towards the needy within the Christian community. Ephesians 4:7-16. He is not listing all possible gifts, but rather concentrating on leadership gifts. Not to be the best looking. So must be His Church.4. Denomination: Other. 2. Series: Ephesians. What Does Ephesians 4:13 Mean? Epígnosis refers to exact, complete, thorough, accurate, experiential knowledge, not just abstract, intellectual, head knowledge of God or even facts about Him. Ephesians Chapter 2. Isn’t it great that unity doesn’t mean uniformity? Wuest: for the equipping of the saints for ministering work with a view to the building up of the Body of Christ, Young's Literal: in order fully to equip His people for the work of serving—for the building up of Christ's body—. This section of the commentary on Ephesians 4:12 wonderfully explains the purpose of building up the people of God–so that they can do the work of the service. To the unity of the faith - oneness is reached when one body of doctrinal truth ("the faith") is adhered to, and is lived out in the body by grace through faith (believing). You’ll note that it all comes from the word. Of particular importance are those passages in which artios and its derivatives are used in connexion with the preparation and equipment of the believer and the church, for the service of God and their fellow-men. I once asked a boy how old be was. The action of the ministry upon the saints is blessed to the enlargement of the Church, both in numbers and in spirituality. Wayne Barber has an interesting illustration of unity in the face of diversity in the realm of spiritual gifts, "Remember in Ephesians 2 we are told we are of God’s household and also His Temple. 4: October 11, 2020 : Tim Armstrong: Ephesians Pt. Our most important growth often is in regard to truth we have already heard but have not fully applied. Hagios was used throughout the NT to speak of anyone or anything that represents God’s holiness, anything set apart from the common and profane -- Christ as the Holy One of God, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Father, holy Scriptures, holy angels, holy brethren, and so on. And I read the statement from Calvin, to the effect, in which Calvin says, “He could not exalt more highly the ministry of the word than by attributing to it this effect. So must be His Church.The mind, and spirit, and life of Christ, must be reflected by the Church, the body of Christ. Nov 8, 1992. v. 3). The word equipping means to train, to prepare, to restore, to make fully ready. Equipping is basically just providing the tools and training that the crew needs for the job. Ephesians 4:7-16. Emphasis was placed upon great imposing structures, massive ornate cathedrals with stained glass windows and flying buttresses. In the beginning, "working in the church" meant to exercise a gift or perform a ministry anywhere within the far-flung body of Christ--even in a home, out on a mission field, or in a hospital. It is not a statement of an unwillingness to change, but of a recognition that change takes time--but it is taking place! A superior would not stoop to become a servant! The perfect is the thing or person that is complete, in which nothing that belongs to its essence has been left out. This discussion holds the opinion that epignosis does have subtle but real differences. 1. Ephesians 4:12 shows that God has provided Foremen for the equipping of the saints. Judaism had no philosophy of ministry involving diakonia. Ray Stedman offers an excellent illustration (mending nets) of the practical meaning of katartismos . In Ep 4:3-note "the unity of the Spirit" is a gift to be guarded whereas in the present verse the "unity in the faith" is a goal to be reached and it is reached as pastor-teachers are preaching expository messages from the whole counsel of God's Word (both Testaments, not just the New! Sermons Mending the Saints - The use of this particular word suggests that the role of the four support gifts (Ed note: the gifted men in Ep 4:11-note) within the church is essentially that of mending the saints, preparing them for service, getting them ready for action. F B Meyer writes the following devotional entitled "Our Sheet Anchor" which speaks to our present striving toward Christlikeness... OUR DESTINY is the highest possible--"We shall be like Him." In enlarging their views of gospel truths, in their importance, connection, and use.2. On a wall near the main entrance to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, is a portrait with the following inscription: James Butler Bonham—no picture of him exists. TO THE BUILDING UP OF THE BODY OF CHRIST: eis oikodomen tou somatos tou Christou: Building up of the body of Christ - Note that Paul does not say for the increasing of the number of attendees on a given Sunday! Some years ago, a button could be seen on the lapels of many Christians. Here mechri is used to introduce the goals of the equipping. Chicago: Moody Press, Brown, Colin, Editor. As Paul explained to the saints at Colossae, his heartbeat in discipleship was to see believers continually growing in maturity... And we proclaim Him (Christ in believers the hope or certainty of their future glorification - note that "Him" is the first word in Greek sentence for emphasis = "Him we proclaim..."), admonishing (placing in one's mind = cautioning, gently reproving) every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ. (Body Life - chapter entitled The Goal is Maturity). Spiritual and holy? Soon Christianity became little more than a Sunday-morning spectator sport, much like the definition of football: twenty-two men down on the field, desperately in need of rest, and twenty thousand in the grandstands, desperately in need of exercise! For what higher work can there be than to build up the church that it may reach its perfection. Paul and Luke in the Acts use the word to designate those who preach the gospel and have care of the churches, even as Paul instructed Timothy to... "be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry (diakonia)" (See note 2 Timothy 4:5). So must be His Church. (NLT, see note Ephesians 1:23). Spiritual and holy? One Body b. I think the greatest sin in the local church today is the ignorance of the man sitting in the pew; he doesn’t know the Word of God, and that is a tragedy. The faith is the content of the gospel in its most complete form. They were told that it was their responsibility to bring the world into the church building to hear the pastor preach the Gospel. ), knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord (Why is your toil not empty, futile, fruitless?). Metron - 14x in 12v - Matt 7:2; 23:32; Mark 4:24; Luke 6:38; John 3:34; Rom 12:3; 2 Cor 10:13; Eph 4:7, 13, 16; Rev 21:15, 17. Its continual increase, etc. The plane wouldn’t make it—I think it would crash before it got ten feet into the air. Shepherds, feed your sheep. Christ, as its Head, has the preeminence, etc. They, therefore, are insane, who neglecting this means hope to be perfect in Christ, as is the case with the fanatics who pretend secret revelations of the spirit (that is, they pretend they have prophets), and the proud, who content themselves with the private reading of Scripture and imagine that they do not need the ministry of the church.”. Compassionate and merciful? In fairness it should be stated that there are a few resources that suggest there is very little difference between gnósis and epignosis. They have been set apart by God to be exclusively His, dedicated to Him and manifesting holiness of heart and conduct. The Church must be a liberal and benevolent body.5. This section of commentary on Ephesians 4:13 gives us the goal for the church. If that fellow added an E and a G and a high C, all of a sudden you would say, "Whew, that sounds good! Ephesians Chapter 3. Ephesians 4:13 'The Final Goal of the Church' is part '4/7' to a study entitled 'The Purpose of Training in the Church: Equipping the Saints' on Ephesians 4:11-16. You must feed yourself first (cp Paul to the Ephesian elders = Acts 20:32a), then feed your sheep and then teach them how to feed themselves on the word - see Inductive Bible study. A revival of religion is always accompanied or followed by "a building up of the body of Christ." THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY IN MINISTRY OF THE WORD, consists —. Paul says "no way" -- the complete embodiment of God dwells permanently in Christ and that is to be the goal toward which the equipping of the saints is to continually press.

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