Ephesians Chapter 4 

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Ephesians 4

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20 But ye have not so learned Christ;

21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

27 Neither give place to the devil.

28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

32 thoughts on “Ephesians Chapter 4 

  1. Growing in the truth and love of the Lord, which edtablishes unity in the Church body appears to be the focus of this epistle. It is the believers responsibility to make a conscious effort to grow toward becoming grounded in the Word, to thwart deceptive doctrines (vs 14). Moreover verse 1 admonishes us to be mindful of are demeanor while we engage in our calling, which can be acomplished by renewing our mind and not positioning ourself to become tempted( vs 23,27).

  2. Ephesians
    23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

    This battlefield is covered by the blood of Jesus.
    Putting on the helmet of salvation . The mind is the control center. I do not find it strange that the helmet one of the Armour Of God is salvation., when we are truly saturated through salvation it has to start in the mind .

    Salvation is the act of saving someone from sin or evil : the state of being saved from sin or evil. : something that saves someone or something from danger or a difficult situation.

    There has to be a transformation of the mind. The spirit of the mind completely redone.
    Renewed means store, refresh, renovate, rejuvenate mean to make like new. renew implies a restoration of what had become faded or disintegrated so that it seems like new.

    My pastor Warren Green repeatedly would say “you got to get under the spout where the glory comes out”. A refreshing a covering of the mind renewed daily in the Word and communication with God.
    Without Him I am nothing. The world studies the mind continually prescribe if one thing after another. What if the world would catch the true meaning of why Jesus came. Body soul and mind. Thank you Jesus . You are the reason for the season.

    Romans 12:2
    2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

  3. 15Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. (NLT)

    There are many things that I have learned over the years when it comes to the body of Christ. There can only be one head. The scripture tells us that there is one body but many members. Each intricate part has its own purpose. There fore everyone can’t be the head. God has ordained the shepherd to be the head of the church body. Many parts mean that every one
    Can’t be the finger or the big toe. We as a part of the body have to grow into our purpose in the kingdom. We have to learn everything that God wants us to be. I say thank God for the pastor he has placed over us to teach, preach, pray, and guide us according to the will of God. He does it with love for the kingdom of God when he tells us the truth. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all the things that we need will be added.

    We have to speak love and truth.

    I love the Kingdom!

  4. 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
    26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
    27 Neither give place to the devil.

    Are you emotions can be the most deceptive thing in our life causing us to make decisions that or unwise. the Bible gives us instruction that it’s okay to have these emotions but do not let it bring us to sin. It is equally damaging whatever we suppress our emotions as when we are making decisions that go against the word of God. There is a balance that we must have and allowing our emotions to have a place in our lives for a season and then moving forward towards the kingdom through every situation we go through.

  5. 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

    I am so grateful to say that I am no longer being tossed to and fro…. well at least I know who I want numero uno in my life…

    Having both feet planted on the ground and living in truth by the correct doctrine, gives us the power to not be swayed so easily. But we still must remember if the Lord knows our heart so does the devil, and he will stop at nothing to persuade you. He is every where we turn in everything we are tempted by. Stay prayed up and never lose hope God is also always there with you.

  6. FIRST THE KINGDOM
    PERSONAL REVIVAL

    23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

    There is much instruction for righteousness in this chapter in regard to attitude and actions toward one another, protecting UNITY. All of the sublects mentioned are worthy of exhortation. I believe they are also directly connected to the mind.

    Our thoughts form our habits. It is so important that I am reminded each day to renew our mind. We renew our mind when we repent of our will (thinking/desire) to work toward HIS will by making ourselves available and serving in HIS Kingdom.

    Every day when I read the WORD of GOD and pray in the Spirit, I renew my mind. I replace my carnal, personal thoughts with HIS thoughts, thoughts of advancing HIS Kingdom. This ensures a daily PERSONAL REVIVAL because I am renewed in the spirit or attitude of my mind.

    We live in a carnal world and are pressed everyday by carnality, we must be renewed in the spirit of our mind because.

    Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

    We need the mind of Christ.

    Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

    1Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

    To be Kingdom minded means to be mindful of The Kingdom of GOD and a carnal mind cannot operate in that realm. Lets renew the spirit of our mind.

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  7. v32 And be ye kind one to another tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ ‘s sake hath forgiven you.

    This brotherly love should be a constant attitude of everyone in the church.
    If we are in Christ Jesus we are a new creation and therefore possess a new nature.
    Indeed a unique work of HIS SPIRIT.

  8. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
    Ephesians 4:20‭-‬24 KJV
    https://bible.com/bible/1/eph.4.20-24.KJV

    Ohhh my, God is great and greatly to be praised!
    When we are Baptised and Filled with the precious Holy Ghost that washing right there is the ultimate renewing of our mind! We are responsible everyday to stay renewed everyday, by repenting and we can ask God to renew our mind, and change the way I think, I have to do this all the time, because this world is not friendly, or understanding, and people’s are so quick to say anything to you, and they dont care if your saved, sanctified, or anything, all they know is you were in their way, on their nerves or something, and I have to start saying help me Lord, Because I know me! but I am a new creation! So it’s high time I act as such!
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  9. Verses 1-3 MSG “In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.” These verses remind of a song I really like called “I Will Run”:

    Only Your grace only Your grace
    Only You can set me free

    Only Your love has captured my heart
    I hear You calling come come come

    So I will run forever I will run
    Unto You O God now You have my heart
    So I will I will run forever I will run
    Run to You O God
    Where else can I go
    Forever I will run

    Come come come
    I hear You calling
    Come come come

  10. 1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
    2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
    3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

    Many times we look at where we are right now, and loose sight of the big picture. The big picture is that we are all one body, and we are to reach souls for Christ. While some are called to be pastors, some teachers, and others evangelists, we are all called to reach the lost.
    When you use a Kingdom mentality, you take your desires out, and ask, “Ok, what is my mission ?”

    If we all took that approach, unity becomes easy, because we leave ourselves and our pride out.

  11. 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

    23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

    24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

    25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

    26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

    27 Neither give place to the devil.

    Just a reminder of the old things we lay down when we become new and we replace those old things with things of God and carry them now with pride. Don’t let your temper get the best of you and don’t make space for the old things the devil had you take pleasure in. We change and adapt to our new surroundings and settings and put on that new man.

  12. 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

    As simple as this verse may seem, it can be quite challenging to keep unity, and the bond of peace. People want things their way regardless of whether it’s right or wrong. People can be contentious it doesn’t matter what you say, it’s never right. However, those who are filled with the Spirit of God, must learn how to deal with difficult people, and be the light that shines through every situation. We are called to be SALT to the world, not sugar, so find the PEACE first in Jesus for yourself, and then be PEACE to everyone you meet.

    Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

    Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

  13. 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
    23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
    24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

    We need the renewing of our minds daily through reading or hearing the word of God. The battle for the soul is fought in the mind of this flesh and we need the Holy Ghost to overcome. Guarding the heart and mind from carnal thinking is also daily so take up the whole armor of God and quench the fiery darts of the enemy.

  14. 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
    24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

    I feel like a new man!

    Everyday we must choose to serve the Lord. When we do this, we renew or minds in Him. The mind is a powerful thing, it that which our bodies have the ability to do and our consciousness to choose. When we renew are renewed in the Spirit, we reset in God. Thank you Jesus that we can be renewed everyday in Him.

  15. Ephesians 4:31-32 (Amp] Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath ( passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment ( anger, animosity) and quarreling
    (brawling, clamor, comtention) and slander ( evil- speaking, abusive or blasphemous language)
    banished from you, with all malice ( spite, ill will, or baseless of any kind. [32] And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted , compassionate, understanding, loving- hearted,
    forgiving one another [ readily and freely], as God for gave you. Brothers and Sisters love one another and pray for one another. Pray for this world that people repent and give there’s to Jesus. Happy Birthday Jesus.

  16. 1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

    2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

    3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

    4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are 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.

    I call these “the Oneness verses” Hallelujah Jesus Christ is God!! Thankful that 33 years ago God opened my eyes to His Revelation of whom He is!!!

  17. From whom the whole body fitly JOINED together and COMPACTED by that which EVERY JOINT supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of EVERY PART, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
    Ephesians 4:16 KJV
    I love this verse because it shows how important each member is. Each part of the body of Christ is needed to create and keep unity. Each part has something to give to bless, strengthen, and minister to another member ( every joint SUPPLIES!). Each part causes the body to edify itself and grow in love. That makes every person in the church important and they have something to give, not just receive!!!

  18. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

    Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

    Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
    Ephesians 4:2‭-‬3‭, ‬29‭, ‬31‭-‬32 NLT

    Only by pride cometh contention…
    Proverbs 13:10a KJV

    Imagine the unity we could have in the body of Christ (and in our homes) if we all learned to walk in humility, speaking only those things that were edifying to others. There would be no fires to put out, no gossip to contain, no murmurings or grumblings, no discord, no laughing at the personality quirks or appearances of others. All men would be able to tell we were disciples by our love. Wait… Isn’t that how it is supposed to be??

    May God set a watch over our mouths, in Jesus name!

    Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord , my strength, and my redeemer.
    Psalms 19:14 KJV

  19. 27 Neither give place to the devil.
    the word place means Strong’s Definitions (Strong’s Definitions Legend)
    τόπος tópos, top’-os; apparently a primary word; a spot (general in space, but limited by occupancy; whereas G5561 is a large but participle locality), i.e. location (as a position, home, tract, etc.); figuratively, condition, opportunity; specially, a scabbard:—coast, licence, place, × plain, quarter, + rock, room, where.

    so when it says neither give place you could read it as neither give location, position, home, or room to the devil. always have a watchful eye for the enemy that he will not get in your mind and dwell. anything that is not not God has no room in our lives. we have no time to waste on carnal things. our minds can only thing and do so much at once so how can we think on God and this world at the same time cant do it. it is like a computer once it gets over loaded its impossable to get it to run right so when we are over loaded with junk from this world we can’t run right for the Lord. that’s why in Colossians 3:1-4 it says 1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. there should be no empty spaces in our minds, lives for the enemy to come in because we are so focused on him and his coming.
    So during this Christmas season lets not drop our guard and give place to the devil or yield to his temptations to talk about others or get mad and fight with one another but lets have love one for another and love like Jesus never ending.

  20. In Jesus name ,
    We have to set our minds on things that are above
    If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God
    2 Set your affection on things above, not on things of the earth
    Colossians 3-1 and 2
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  21. Ephesians 4:15-16 (nlt)
    15) Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
    16) He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

    We all have our place in the body, the church. We all have our own special work to do. We all are valuable and we all are essential (important and needed) in helping the body, the church to GROW and become HEALTHY and STRONG and FULL of LOVE.

  22. 2Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

    Never let your anger get to you. Especially have patience with your family. We take for granted family and lose our patience a little quicker. Take your time, and think before you speak.

  23. 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

    12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

    13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

    The Lord wants us to succeed and have victory to be ready and perfected. He has given all the tools needed that we may be edified and come to the unity of the faith, unto a perfect man. There is no excuse for his people not to be ready. All we need to be triumphant is at hand. But we must apply ourselves and discipline ourselves to learn and acquire the knowledge and transform our minds.

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    3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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    from ; to use speed, i.e. to make effort, be prompt or earnest:–do (give) diligence, be diligent (forward), endeavour, labour, study.
    to hasten, make haste
    to exert one’s self, endeavour, give diligence

    As you can see, it takes work to keep the unity of the spirit. We need to always work hard to keep the peace with our friends on families

  25. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

    18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

    19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

    20 But ye have not so learned Christ;

    21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

    22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

    23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

    24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

  26. Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
    Ephesians 4:11‭-‬12 NLT

    I am so thankful to be a part of POFW and see how God works and the edifying power He sends through the five fold ministry of our church. Very blessed to have our pastor guide us through and bring in only the most trusted men of God to minister to us an anointed Word from the Lord. Thank you,Jesus.

  27. “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:30-32‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    How we treat each other greives the Holy Spirit. We must treat each other with kindness and goodness. It encourages others to seek God when we treat each other with love.

  28. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are 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. Amen

  29. Ephesians 4:32
    And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

  30. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
    32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

    These words are a hard pill to swallow sometimes.
    I’m trying. Everyday. One moment; one step at a time.

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