June 3rd, 2018
In this passage Paul mentions four traits of a spiritually mature person.
Maturity Involves Christlikeness. (4:13) Our goal is to be like Jesus. We should long for the qualities Paul mentions in verses 2-3. We should long for spiritual maturity both individually and as a corporate body of Christ.
Maturity Involves Doctrinal Stability (4:13-14) We need to grow in our knowledge of the truth. In verse 14 Paul says that we should no longer be “little children” thrown about with every wind of doctrine.
Children spiritually are gullible and easily deceived. False teachers prey on the gullible saying things like:
- All religions are the same.
- If you are a good person, you’ll go to heaven.
- The Bible is just one of many other religious books.
- Believe in the idea of a resurrection, not a bodily resurrection
Children must be taught as they grow up. It is the same spiritually with new believers.We are to row through the Word and become disciple-making teachers (1 Peter 2:1-3; Heb. 5:11-14)
Maturity Involves Truth Joined With Love. (4:15-16) We must present God’s truth to others with love. We must hold the truth high (1 Tim. 3:15). Maturity involves a truth-telling, truth maintaining, truth doing love. Are you and your congregation know as ones know and teach the truth with love?
Maturity Involves Contribution. Every member is to contribute, using what he or she has. We must use our talents to reach the lost and strengthen the saved.We must grow into Christ and use our gifts in love.
-Larry Miles, June 3, 2018 Anguilla
June 2nd, 2018
This passage gives us the “7 Unity’s.” These “one” statements emphasize the oneness we share as Christians. We must understand however, that Eph. 4:4-6 is not teaching unity at any cost. There is a difference in unity and uniformity. Our unity must be in Christ.
One body. The Lord only has one church, and all who have accepted Jesus and have obeyed the gospel are members of the church universal. We are diverse in background and gifts, but united in Christ.
One Spirit. The Holy Spirit, the 3rd Person of the Godhead indwells every believer (Acts 2:38). He enables us to live the Christian life.
One Hope. The one hope is the “Blessed Hope.” (Titus 2:11-13) Jesus has promised to return for His Church. We are to live in anticipation of that hope.
One Lord. Believers in the early church confessed and proclaimed, “Jesus is Lord!” (2 Cor. 4:5) When doing that they were saying, “Caesar is not Lord.” This confession could’ve caused them their life. Today we proclaim the Lordship of Jesus. It is our aim and desire to live according to what He taught.
One faith. Jude wrote that we are “to contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” The one faith is the body of truth we embrace and believe.
One Baptism. This is immersion into Christ for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38). It is after we are baptized that we receive our sins forgiven and we receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
One God and Father. As his adopted children, we share the same Father (cf. Eph. 1:5) He is God over all and Father of all His children.
-Larry Miles, June 2, 2018, Anguilla
June 1st, 2018
United by Divine Calling (4:1) Paul wrote, “Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received.” The word “walk” is very important. It means to conduct one’s life.” Our Christian life is a life of walking for the Lord. We are to be in step with Him under His lordship.
We have been called to Him through His grace. We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. (1:3) Remember who you are as you live this life.
United by Christlike Conduct (4:2-3) Paul now explains what it looks lke to “walk worthy.” In short, it looks like Jesus. Paul writes, “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us.” The more we look like Jesus individually, and the more we live like Christ relationally, the more united we will be.
Humility.Humility is an essential characteristic of belivers. People must be living for the good of others. Someone wrote, “The essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less.”
Gentleness. It involves being “mild spirited” or “self-controlled.” Gentleness is a fruit of the spirit, and it is the way we are to care for one another. (Gal. 5:23; 6:1)
Patience. Lack of patience displays a lack of humility and a lack of love. Accepting one another in love means we put up with each other in love. Peter says, “Love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Pet. 4:8) Diligently keeping unity. We must We must be zealous to maintain this unity.
We do not work to create unity but to keep it. God unites us, and we are to seek to maintain unity
June 1, 2018, Anguilla