Today’s reading is: Eph. 4-6
Ephesians Chapter Four
- Eph. 4-6 is practical application for the deep Paterological theology of Eph. 1-3.
- We are expected to walk in a worthy manner—summarized by the principle of Christian unity (Eph. 4:1-6).
- We are expected to walk according to the grace gift the Lord supplied, for the edification of the entire body (Eph. 4:7-16).
- Christ the Victorious One is pleased to bestow gifts to His bride (Eph. 4:7,8).
- The Holy Spirit provides believers with spiritual gifts (Rom. 12; 1st Cor. 12), but the Lord Jesus Christ provides local churches with spiritually gifted believers (Eph. 4:11-12).
- In the Apostolic Age, Apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor-teachers were the spiritually gifted believers that the Lord provided to particular local churches for their equipping and building up.
- In the Local Church Age, evangelists and pastor-teachers carry on that primary work-assignment.
- The function of the local church assembly is to equip and build up believers for the work of service, as we grow together to spiritual maturity.
- We are to lay aside our old manner of life as unbelievers (Eph. 4:17-24), and live the new manner of life as recipients of God’s forgiveness (Eph. 4:25-32).
Ephesians Chapter Five
- The summary statement for our walk is to be imitators of God, and walk in love (Eph. 5:1-2). This is the unconditional, sacrificial, integrity love of God.
- The walk of love, as children of light, means that believers are to have no participation in the unfruitful deeds of darkness (Eph. 5:3-7,11-14).
- The walk of love, as children of light, is a simple walk for the pleasure of God the Father (Eph. 5:8-10).
- The walk of love, as children of light, is a careful walk, redeeming the time and remaining sober-minded (Eph. 5:15-18).
- The walk of love, as children of light, is a thankful walk, praising the Lord from the heart (Eph. 5:19-20).
- The walk of love, as children of light, is a submissive walk, fearing the Lord and serving one another (Eph. 5:21-6:9).
- The submissive walk of wives (Eph. 5:22-24,32-33) and husbands (Eph. 5:25-33).
- The submissive walk of children (Eph. 6:1-3) and parents (Eph. 6:4).
- The submissive walk of slaves (Eph. 6:5-8) and masters (Eph. 6:9).
Ephesians Chapter Six
- Submission to the Lord (Eph. 5:21-6:9) is essential for victory in the angelic conflict (Eph. 6:10-17; cf. 1st Pet. 5:6-9).
- Believers in the Dispensation of the Church have the privilege of putting on and taking up the full armor of God (Eph. 6:10,13).
- ἐνδύω enduō #1746: get into, put on.
- ἀναλαμβάνω analambanō #353: take up. In this sense, “taking” signifies undertaking the duties of an office or position: i.e. take a job, take office, take command.
- Believers in the Dispensation of the Church that have put on, and taken up the full armor are equipped to do battle against the Satanic forces of darkness (Eph. 6:11-12).
- The battle is primarily defensive (1st Pet. 5:9), resisting (Eph. 6:13), standing firm (Eph. 6:11,13-14), and withstanding the flaming arrows (Eph. 6:16).
- The believer’s primary offensive weapon is the sword of the Spirit, the (spoken/preached) Word (ῥῆμα rhēma #4487) of God (Eph. 6:17).
- Believers in the Dispensation of the Church support one another’s spiritual combat operations through the communications network of prayer (Eph. 6:18-20).
- The epistle closes with a recommendation of Tychicus and an appeal to peace, love, faith, and grace (Eph. 6:21-24).