Knowledge (1922) (epignosis [word study] from epí = upon + ginosko = to know) is a strengthened form of gnosis (1108) and conveys the thought of a more full, larger and thorough knowledge. How clearly and logically Paul sets out his epistle to the Ephesians. Epígnosis refers to exact, complete, thorough, accurate, experiential knowledge, not just abstract, intellectual, head knowledge of God or even facts about Him. Evangelization is a means of bringing people into a relationship with God, so that God's ultimate goal for them--Christlikeness--can be achieved in their lives...God's overarching goal is to produce men and women who demonstrate the character qualities of Jesus Christ. 3. 2. So must be His Church.4. Oikodome can refer to the actual process of building or construction. Ephesians 4:12-13New King James Version (NKJV) 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the [a]edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; Sermons. Unity (1775) (henotes from heís = one + genitive of henós = of one) describes a oneness or unanimity. 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. It is not a statement of an unwillingness to change, but of a recognition that change takes time--but it is taking place! 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. (Mt 20:28). Saints are holy ones in character and are to manifest a conduct reflective of their high position and privilege. You’ll note that it all comes from the word. Sep 17, 1995. When one looks at the sermon series of great preachers of past ages such as Spurgeon and Maclaren, it is amazing how many sermons they preached from the Old Testament. This is a great truth! EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In chapter 2, Paul talked about the Gentile Christians in Ephesus. So Calvin made, I think, a very valid point that what leads to the edification of the church, the body of Christ, is the ministry of gifted men who bring the word of God to us. That is why so many churches today are little more than spectator arenas where unequipped, unmotivated, uninvolved people sit around, waiting only to be kept amused and occupied. Helikia - 8x in 8v - Matt 6:27; Luke 2:52; 12:25; 19:3; John 9:21, 23; Eph 4:13; Heb 11:11. (Ephesians 4:12, 13, 16).6. The Church must be an active body.4. So must be His Church. Men Working Above! (Colossians 1:18). Martha worked so hard that she was distracted (literally was being drawn different directions at the same time!) Burns, D. D.)The Church Christ's bodyH. Measure (3358) (metron) is a measure of capacity. (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? The Word can both feed (see He 5:12, 13-notes He 5:12; 13 and 1Pe 2:2-note), and cleanse (John 15:3 and Eph 5:26-note), and the true pastor will constantly be using it to do both. The Greek authority, J. H. Thayer, says it means "to make one what he ought to be." A diakonos is one who by choice and position has come to be under the authority of his Master and who therefore serves others in love and gratitude. Ephesians 3 Ephesians 4:12-13 Ephesians 5. In pointing out to them their sins and errors. And so it describes persons who are full grown or mature (especially referring to spiritual maturity). If this is an important truth for the temporal, physical body, how much more important is it for the eternal, spiritual body! So must be His Church.5. Compassionate and merciful? Turn with me again to Ephesians chapter 4 where we will pick up our study again in verse 12. July 30, 2017; Troy Warner; Ephesians; Details Watch Listen Ephesians 4:17-24 Walk in Purity. Ray Stedman puts it this way - It is important to realize that, according to this passage in Ephesians, the supreme purpose of the church is not the evangelization of the world. Sermons; Children’s Sermons; Hymns; Previous Next. Ministries explode. He does not say that God has given to us educators, that they might instruct us. Quick as a flash he said, "I'm twelve, going on thirteen, but soon to be fourteen." So must be His Church.The mind, and spirit, and life of Christ, must be reflected by the Church, the body of Christ.IV. October 6, 1996. There is no place in this world more exciting to be than a church that operates as God designed it to! New International Dictionary of NT Theology. (Body Life - chapter entitled The Goal is Maturity). Ephesians 4:12-16. In pointing out to them their sins and errors. 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. Series: Ephesians. The word "ministry," however, must be taken in a large sense to signify general spiritual service, that may assume a thousand different forms (Hebrews 6:10; Acts 6:4; Acts 11:29; 1 Corinthians 16:15; 2 Corinthians 9:12, 13; 2 Corinthians 11:8; 2 Timothy 4:11). Men Working Above! Don't have an account? Sermon on Ephesians 1:3-14 — Sermon outline by Tom Moore on the blessings that God has for us spiritually speaking. Equip describes the supplying with the items needed for a particular purpose, both of these definitions providing excellent pictures of the effect the gifted men should have on the body of Christ. This has always been God's pattern for disciple making. | Expand chapter. Ephesians 4:1 NIV This morning begins a 5 week study of the 4th chapter of Ephesians.… Features Pricing Upload Sermon Get started for FREE. God does not want a church filled with white robed saints. 1. He said that he had very infrequent opportunities of attending any religious services, but that the letters which came from the old country had been his sheet anchor. Isn’t it great that unity doesn’t mean uniformity? 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." Register! And programs that “succeed” can be even more destructive than those that fail if they are done in the flesh and for human satisfaction rather than the Lord’s glory. Body (4983) (soma) refers not to a literal physical body in this verse but to the figurative ("mystical" - Paul chooses the metaphor) body of Christ, the church, the Bride of Christ. To build up the body of Christ. Self-denying and forbearing? 10 - Praying with the Apostle Paul Wk. When believers are properly taught, when they faithfully do the work of service, and when the body is thereby built up in spiritual maturity, unity of the faith is an inevitable result. First, God has given us all the protection we need. The ultimate spiritual target for the church begins with the unity of the faith (cf. THE CHURCH IS CALLED CHRIST'S BODY.1. Some years ago, a button could be seen on the lapels of many Christians. In enlarging their views of gospel truths, in their importance, connection, and use.2. Sermons "attain" is...used nine times in the book of Acts of a traveler who takes a journey and arrives at his destination. (Pdf). Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. Second, He has given us our battle plan; what He wants us to do, and how he wants us to fight. AS THE BODY OF CHRIST, IT MUST CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES AND WILL OF CHRIST.1. until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 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. Paul explains the figurative use of body writing... For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. The word "mending" is the (Ed note: actually the related verb katartizo) word translated in Ephesians 4 as "equipping." (Ephesians 4:12, 13, 16). So the expectation of being with, and like Christ, should be to us as a sheet-anchor, who bear His Name. Ephesians 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; (NASB: Lockman). until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. Christ, as its Head, has the preeminence, etc. PRAYER -O God, it is my earnest desire that I may not only live, but grow: grow in grace, and in the knowledge of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Biblical Commentary Ephesians 3:1-12. 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. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! This is not the divine design! The early church clearly understood that the word of God was the instrument of growth in the lives of Christians. (Phillips: Touchstone). This is the second end included in the Christian pastorate. c. John 14:6. d. Acts 4:12. Foster, M. A.I. Have you ever just read an entire letter of Paul's together with your flock? artios occurs only at 2Ti 3:17-note (see below), together with the perfect pass. So the Apostle, I think, lays great stress upon that. Be careful to make that distinction! Am I completely like Christ?" THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH. Ephesians Chapter 4. 5. Luke records that in the early period of the newly born church... "while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving (diakonia) of food." In pointing out to them their particular sins. THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY IN MINISTRY OF THE WORD, consists —1. He had heaven in His spirit, and words and life, so must the Church His body.(J. It is contemplated in its great historical realisation by the union of Jew and Gentile in one whole. The Church must be a teaching holy.2. God's Flowchart for the Church, part 1 4:7-16. by Chester McCalley. Why do we not stand when we read Words written by God? It is maintained by some that this passage warrants all saints to preach the gospel, because the four classes of officers spoken of are said to prepare saints for the work of ministry. The hearing of the word of truth is the first step. As in verse 5, faith does not here refer to the act of belief or of obedience but to the body of Christian truth, to Christian doctrine. The scriptural concept that every believer is a priest before God was gradually lost, and a special class of super-Christians emerged who were looked to for practically everything, and who came to be called the "ministry." These gifts are meant to be used for the building of His church. (bolding added). What Does Ephesians 4:13 Mean? When you do that, the unity of the body is being preserved....The word for grace, charis, means that which you don’t deserve. So must be His Church.The mind, and spirit, and life of Christ, must be reflected by the Church, the body of Christ. The basic idea is that of putting a thing into the condition in which it ought to be. Figuratively, as used in this verse, oikodome refers to the church as the building for God's indwelling and the spiritual edification of the body of Christ. Goal, up to the contemplated attainment of which Christ has bestowed the different teachers, Ephesians 4:11, for the purpose specified in Ephesians 4:12. μέχρι is put without ἄν (comp. Ephesians 1:3. a. 1Cor 15:58 is the Scriptural answer to Solomon's repeated refrain of vanity in Ecclesiastes (Eccl 1:2, 14; 2:11, 15, 19, 21, 23, 26; 3:19; 4:4, 7, 8, 16; 5:10; 6:2; 12:8)! Then on one day give 30 minutes to reading a short section of Ephesians, noting your reflections. Ephesians 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; (NASB: Lockman). Paul once spoke to the very elders to whom this Ephesian letter is addressed and said to them. Without it, Christ would not be complete (Ephesians 1:23; Hebrews 2:13).II. This same pattern is seen in 2 Timothy where in his last letter Paul exhorts young Timothy... And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. (Sermons maybe freely distributed for the blessing of God's people providing that they are unaltered, copied in full and that the source is properly acknowledged.) I found that amid the many temptations of a rancher's life, this young fellow was holding on to purity and truth. Ephesians 4:12-13 NIV 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. The gift is based on Christ’s design and will. The teaching of the truth of the Word of God is what Peter calls "feeding the flock of God which is among you" (1Pe 5:2-note). Gradually, however, "working in the church" came to mean performing some religious act within a specific building which was called "the church.". Our most important growth often is in regard to truth we have already heard but have not fully applied. 9 - Praying with the Apostle Paul Wk. When a young preacher complained to Charles Spurgeon that his own congregation was too small, Spurgeon replied, “Well, maybe it is as large as you’d like to give account for in the day of judgment.” Spiritual growth does not always involve learning something new.