What the world counted ignominy, he counts the highest honor, and he glories in his bonds for Christ, more than a king in his diadem [THEODORET]. Their giving themselves to it was punished in kind, God giving them up to it by withdrawing His preventing grace; their sin thus was made their punishment. The apostle exhorts them to walk worthy of their vocation, and to live in peace and unity, Ephesians 4:1-6. And evil speaking - Βλασφημια· Blasphemy; that is, injurious speaking - words which tend to hurt those of whom or against whom they are spoken. . 17. therefore--resuming the exhortation which he had begun with, "I therefore beseech you that ye walk worthy," &c. ( Ephesians 4:1 ). A different Greek word (anakainousthai) implies "renewal from the old state." And also Lucian, in Toxari, p. 53: Ου μονον αρα τοξευειν αγαθοι ησαν Σκυθαι· The Scythians were not good (expert) in archery only. In most Christian Churches there appears to be but one office, that of preacher; and one gift, that by which he professes to preach. In this book, however, he goes into greater depth before making the transition. 23. be renewed--The Greek (ananeousthai) implies "the continued renewal in the youth of the new man." into him--so as to be more and more incorporated with Him, and become one with Him. There is growth only in the spiritually alive, not in the dead. No one form of Church polity as permanently unalterable is laid down in the New Testament though the apostolical order of bishops, or presbyters, and deacons, superintended by higher overseers (called bishops after the apostolic times), has the highest sanction of primitive usage. the thing which is good--in contrast with theft, the thing which was evil in his past character. Ephesians 4; NIV - Unity and Maturity in the Body of - Bible Gateway. of Christ, which is his Church. 1I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called,2with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love; 3being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. "Lawless insolence, and wanton caprice" [TRENCH]. "Speak ye truth each one with his neighbor," is quoted, slightly changed, from Zechariah 8:16 . It is the Father "BY" whom believers, as well as the Son Himself, were sealed ( John 6:27 ). The *temple of thegoddess (female god) Diana (or Artemis) was there. Ephesians 4:1. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism. Similarly "faith" and "baptism" (the sacramental seal of faith) are connected ( 16:16 , Colossians 2:12 ). It is astonishing that any who profess the Christian name should indulge bitterness of spirit. 5 - One baptism It could be argued that there is one purpose of baptism although there are several methods. He that descended - And he who descended so low is the same who has ascended so high. Put on not merely a renovated nature, but a new, that is, altogether different nature, a changed nature (compare Note,, after God, &c.--Translate, "Which hath been created (once for all: so the Greek aorist means: in Christ, Ephesians 2:10 ; so that in each believer it has not to be created again, but to be put on) after (the image of) God" ( Genesis 1:27 , Colossians 3:10 , 1 Peter 1:15 ), &c. God's image in which the first Adam was originally created, is restored, to us far more gloriously in the second Adam, the image of the invisible God ( 2 Corinthians 4:4 , Colossians 1:15 , Hebrews 1:3 ). As the apostles, prophets, and evangelists were special and extraordinary ministers, so "pastors and teachers" are the ordinary stated ministers of a particular flock, including, probably, the bishops, presbyters, and deacons. "Himself" by His supreme power. The man's old-nature-lusts are his own executioners, fitting him more and more for eternal corruption and death. 30. grieve not--A condescension to human modes of thought most touching. His bonds, too, are an argument which should enforce his exhortation. And if they had no correct knowledge of the true God they could have no religion; and if no religion, no morality. iii. meekness--that spirit in which we accept God's dealings with us without disputing and resisting; and also the accepting patiently of the injuries done us by men, out of the thought that they are permitted by compare Galatians 6:1 , 2 Timothy 2:25 , Titus 3:2 ). 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