Tension is arising. The ‘two shall become one.’ Otherwise, why design a lifelong relationship where there are arguments, infighting, bitterness and competition? When we are patient, we will not so easily blow up or react against others. They will learn what a worthy walk of a believer looks like. Ephesians 4:4, the very next verse, states “There is one body and one Spirit.” When He is working in each individual, each individual is seeking to accomplish His purpose. Peace has two meanings. And all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need” (Acts 2:42-45). We hope there is no outburst of anger and shouting matches. Studying scripture mastery passages will help students increase their understanding of basic doctrines and be prepared to teach them to others. The good thing is that we largely need to focus on our own individual lives. Just ignore the problem? We are not just looking for the absence of conflict but inwardly the success of others. Ephesians 5:25 Marital Love Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient On the one hand when people concur to do evil, such as in Sodom, we find judgment. I have tried to work on some situations, but at other times I have just let it go. To be brief, we have been cheated. Should the husband just ignore his wife? The unity of the Spirit is quite different. The mission to train the child makes the focus on the child more important than most other things. Peace is not just tolerating those that you don’t get along with. Ephesians 4:15a 2. We should not allow the absence of outward conflict to define the peace that God wants to give to us. One can walk away from a relationship or commitment, but the lack of peace still resides deep in one’s heart. Sometimes I am on the receiving side, but to be true, sometimes I have taken part in that critical side. She told me she was closed but her window had no indication of that. Before going more into what this ‘preserve’ means and how this practically works out in our lives, let us first introduce the other concepts given in the last phrase of verse 3. Grow up into Christ At other times, I ducked and avoided. One had to be careful not to be trodden down by others. (Ephesians 2:4.) Pretend unity is not unity. Although there might be the lack of outward conflict, there can still be the inner tension. I allowed a lack of confrontation to stand for unity or peace. We were made with differences, including the different ways male and females approach life. Ephesians 3:20 God's Amazing Power Ephesians 4 - A Study Guide by Mark A. Copeland. Ephesians 4:2-3 ~ "B) The Oneness of the Body" is part 3 of 8 of The Bible Teacher's Commentary on Ephesians 4:1-6 which discusses the five ways he says the people of God obtain unity of the Spirit. Maybe you have too. Have you ever sung a song about revival? Ephesians 1:1-3 Every Spiritual Blessing When they persisted after one goal, they could accomplish amazing things. I would actually not use the word unity to describe the similar mindset of the wicked but obviously there is some element of unity. Lessons on Ephesians Lesson 1: The Church at Ephesus Lesson 2: Themes in Relationships Lesson 3: What God Has Done Lesson 4: Praise and Prayer Lesson 5: The Church: God's Workmanship Lesson 6: The Church Without Walls Lesson 7: God's Mystery But it also can be a disguise that that keeps true unity from every being reached. The parents know their child has a problem. Ephesians 4:12 Purpose of equipping In this verse, we see it is peace which binds the hearts of individuals together. Definitely not. “And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. The Lord has been teaching me more about this topic lately. Chronology Chart of Pauline Letters The longer one lives, the more one finds this is true. Our experience does not ring true with the command to preserve unity. When we do, we are basically asking God to remove those things that keep God’s people from being filled with the Spirit. “Preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3). “With patience” reminds us that we cannot insist everyone live trying to maximum our own time efficiency. He is dead – v.1 He is spiritually dead; and unable to … Things will settle down later. We need the Spirit of God to give us this peace of heart which then provides peace with those about us. There is no peace here. I tended to endure misunderstandings rather than with a prayerful heart go and carefully clear them up. Ephesians 2:8-10 Extraordinary Purpose It is a superficial unity. Ephesians 2:10 B) Purpose of our Lives Many people move house, job, church and mate just to find peace. The Lord Himself told us that we were not to tear the tares out early. Peace is not just something acquired so that we can sleep well, but it shapes our relationship with God and others too. Ephesians 2:8-10, an Introduction Ephesians, Lesson #4 Reconciled Through Christ Ephesians 2.11 - 22. What should they do? Does Paul mean that you should be quiet and not say anything? with all meekness and mildness, with patience supporting each other in charity [with patience supporting, or up-bearing, together in charity]. That’s the reason we teach. Ephesians 6:1-4 A Lesson to Parents Christian Globe. What word is it then that makes this verse difficult to understand? And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them” (Genesis 11:6). Lesson 13: Salvation is Totally of God (Ephesians 2:4-7) Lesson 14: Salvation by Grace through Faith Alone (Ephesians 2:8-9) Lesson 15: Salvation and Good Works (Ephesians 2:10) Lesson 16: Remembering Then, but Now! When I train my child some certain task, I need to be constantly alert to his or her needs and demands. What does Ephesians 4:2 mean? Preparation Material for the Home-Study Teacher Summary of Daily Home-Study Lessons The following summary of the events, doctrines, and principles your students learned as they studied Ephesians 2–Philippians 4 (unit 25) is not intended to be taught as part of your lesson. Ephesians 4:26-27 The Urgency of Resolving Anger “And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity” (Colossians 3:14). Next =>. This is what Paul begins to address here in Ephesians 4:2-3. Unity & Diversity on Genesis 10-11 Ephesians 4:16 Summary: Function of the Church I finally asked whether my cashier would help me complete the purchase of the milk. But again, we find that this seems to be more of a theory or doctrine than something that is put in practice. Preserving the unity of the body stands at a higher priority than purity. Ephesians 1:1-2 Paul’s salutation to the Ephesians Ask a Jesus was this way and wants us to let Him live His life through us. Ephesians 4 – These last three chapters Paul explains our duty and responsibilities in Christ. Their sense of unity is framed around their hope and willingness to use others to get what they so desperately want. LESSON 4: EPHESIANS 2:1-10 Introduction Having used the physical resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ to illustrate the power of salvation in the previous section of the epistle (1:15-23), Paul now reminds his readers of their spiritual resurrection, a phenomenon which can only be attributed to God’s grace. Students will discover that believers are called to a worthy walk. Ephesians 4:4-5 Reason for Oneness Ephesians 4:1-3 Bible Study Questions Ephesians: Discipleship Lessons, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson JesusWalk Bible Study Series Participant Guide Handout Sheets If you’re working with a class or small group, feel free to duplicate the following handouts in this appendix at no additional charge. But in this case, he could solve the problem! Lesson 2 Bible: Ephesians 1:4, Romans 5:8, Ephesians 1:5 Ephesians 1:6-7 Description: A major theme in Ephesians—and really all of Paul’s writings—is the amazingness of God’s grace. Ephesians, Lesson #5 God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles Ephesians 3.1 – 13. See How They All Connect. It is a beginning. And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. [ See verse text ] Living in a manner worthy of Christ's calling (Ephesians 4:1) includes four traits described in this verse. So much so that God destroyed this unity by giving them different language mediums and dividing them. If you do not value each other, then you know there is a problem. Sort of. Marriage and family were to function as a unity. There is strain in the relationship because of some offense. Peace itself, Paul says, is a glue of sorts. There is no doubt that we cannot always solve every relationship but, more than likely, we can live at peace with most people. I want to focus on the fifth item, “Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” All of these attributes are important, but the last is not as easily understood. Ephesians 5:31-33 Building a Great Marriage Paul's Second Missonary Journey to Ephesus - Map When a few people are moved by God, it is easier to be touched by the work of the Holy Spirit in our own lives. Is this what Paul means by preserving the peace? As a husband, I have had to see what it means to live at peace with my wife. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Christians are unfortunately better at pretending unity than actually possessing it. “Showing forbearance to one another in love” emphasizes the need to actually forgive one another. We need to get to the point where we are committed to each other despite the differences. A bond or glue keeps things together. The church is also to be a unity. A string bound around some magazines will keep them tied together. Ephesians 1:2 Only in Christ Jesus “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. Speaking the truth in love Maybe you differ with a small group leader or another on how he or she does something. Lesson Nine Walk Circumspectly, Not As Fools Ephesians 4:17 – 5:21 If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all. It’s easy to get too used to that word. We need, however, to penetrate the surface and go deeper to hold onto the great things that the Lord has for us. Ephesians 2:19-22 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 3:1-10 Growing in Our Commitment As a pastor, I have had to get involved in the details of people’s lives. Let me give you some illustrations. Yesterday morning I had a run in with a local cashier. On the other hand, think what it is like to have a humble or prideful husband who always thinks he is right. Even though I have experienced some wonderful situations in the past, I have also had my share of strained relationships, misunderstandings, quick judgment and unforgiving spirit. The world’s tolerance allows for shallow relationships. This is the fourth lesson from the Book of Ephesians. When God’s design for respect toward the parents is not met, the family can become an awful place to live. You just want a quiet house. I had to tame myself down to speak gently. And it is already established that Christ has been raised from the dead and seated far above (literally, above above!) You might even think that this is normal or cool. Bible Study Questions are provided at the end. The key word is walk – Ephesians 4:1, 17; 5:2, 8, 15. NIV, Storyline Bible, Comfort Print: Each Story Plays a Part. Division, isolation, offensive words and unforgiving attitudes quickly develop. It refers to inward peace–tranquility, or the peace between individuals–harmony. A good test of our humility is to ask, “Do you see the need for others?” Humbling ourselves is an active step of thinking properly about oneself in the overall context of life. I hope by now that you can recognize that a show of outward unity is not unity, not the least the unity of the Spirit. Learning Goal: Students will learn from Ephesians 4 what makes a believer’s walk worthy before the Lord. A unity can occur when people have the same mindset. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Each time I read that verse, one word stood out like a sore thumb. Nor are we to be like the sporadic individuals who only comes alive for an important test. It is easy to respond nice to nice people, but when we meet a grump, it is easy to be grumpy back. “Then the angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority” (Genesis 16:9). “Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). We need to constantly work on growing in these areas. One would have thought that they have not been fed for a long time, but by their size one could tell that this was not the case. ῾ο δὲ θεὸς, πλούσιος ὢν ἐν ἐλέει —“But God, being rich in mercy.” The apostle resumes the thought started in Ephesians 2:1. When we live out our lives in this manner, others can live around us much more easily. Ephesians 3:1-10, Introduction “With all humility” highlights the need to recognize the importance of those others including those who are somewhat hostile toward us. Ephesians, Lesson #7 Unity and, He doesn’t like her not so subtle reminders and simply ignores them. Ephesians 4:2-3 Our Oneness of the Body On the other hand, when God’s people are with one heart and mind seeking God’s will, we discover God’s great blessing upon them like in the early church. As a Dad, I have had to learn what it is to preserve the unity of the Spirit with my family. We need patience. I think it would be better to write, “Being diligent to make the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Words like make, create, form or plan would all work. There was to be a speech, but it seemed that most people were interested in the free food. 6 Ephesians, Lesson #6 A Prayer for the Ephesians Ephesians 3.14 - 21. Ephesians 6:1-4 An Excellent Proof Ephesians 6:1-4 Children and Parents W.F. The tolerance of the world allows one to harbor differences, but the Spirit’s forbearance brings forgiveness and healing so that the individuals really care for each other. Parents must pursue clear standards and discipline challenges to respect. “And gentleness” focuses on the kind way that we respond to people that we differ with. Ephesians 4:15b 3. First, the Ephesians—and all Christians—are to live in humility. 5:18-6:9, and victory – Eph. We need to subdue that selfish and greedy heart if we are going to find that peace. Ephesians 4:31 The Tree of Bitterness, Ephesians 5:22,24 Wives be Subject to your Husband This is the enemy of love. He not only reminds us of this calling but entreats us to live according to this vision of what God has given to us. A. Having just discussed unity and love of the brethren, Paul now moves to a discussion of Christian purity and holiness. Ephesians 3:21 God's Amazing Glory It enables people to work with others even though they have differences. Ephesians 2:3 C) Man's Heart Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 2:11-22 Objectives: The student can identify some of the Temple imagery employed by Paul. They made sacrifices to help others. The word ‘diligence’ speaks about a persistent attitude in which one tackles some problem. Once I was invited to this government banquet. But it definitely was not the unity of the Spirit. But words that imply the unity is already present seem to counter our life experience. This is, of course, the point of this scripture portion. Lesson 29: Vital Signs of a Healthy Body (Ephesians 4:14-16) Related Media Whenever you feel sick and go to the doctor, he will check your vital signs. You are in fact fighting against God’s good ways. all rule and authority and dominion and power and above every Ephesians 3:20-21 Unlimited Power Note God’s advice for Hagar after she has become prideful and despised Sarai her mistress. Disharmony, restlessness, agitation, conflict and irritation that describe the loss of peace. They speak of ways we are to conduct ourselves with other believers: humble, gentle, patient, forbearance and diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit. The same with the family. Ephesians 6:1-3 Obedience to Parents Ephesians - Lesson 2 By Curt Niccum A Saving Knowledge. In these two verses Paul lists 5 things we are to pay attention to in order to carry out this vision of oneness with the Lord and others. When we do not live in this manner, sins crop up and Satan enters. We do not need to demand change in others. If our style of being a husband, wife, parent, leader, etc. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:14-18). As "faith" is mentioned, Ephesians 4:5, so "hope" here, and "love," Ephesians 4:2. Unity refers to a joint mind or approach despite the differences. I have had to learn how to live at peace with all sorts of people. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. Find your place in the home and humbly live it out even if it goes against your feelings. The lesson is prepared with older students in mind. We sing about it, write about it Let me describe it through an illustration. We have a greater purpose of working closely together. Sometimes I did better than at others. EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1 After you have looked at Ephesians as a whole and considered the overall questions, begin to go through the book verse by verse and notice even more richness and detail. Adeney Ephesians 6:1-4 Children and Their Parents D. Thomas Ephesians 6:1-4 Children Should Look to Jesus Ephesians 6 This is clearly unacceptable. It stood out because it didn’t fit. I only was trying to preserve the status quo. LESSON 3 * PART 4 * BOOK 37 Ephesians 4:1-11 – Part 2 It’s so thrilling to hear people tell us that they have a love for the Word that they’ve never had before. Deceit Lessons on Ephesians Lesson 1: The Church at Ephesus Lesson 2: Themes in Relationships Lesson 3: What God Has Done Lesson 4: Praise and Prayer Lesson 5: The Church: God's Workmanship Lesson 6: The Church Without Walls Lesson 7: God's Mystery Ephesians 4:14-16 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 4:11-14 Chart: Equipping of the Saints Ephesians 3:20-21 Bible Study Questions, Introduction: Problems of Disunity Have you experienced this kind of unity? There was no consideration of one another. As long as they each get their portion, they are happy. Ephesians 2:4–7 (ESV) We are seated with Christ Jesus in the heavenly places. Ephesians 3:14-21 The Fullness of God's Love, Ephesians 3:20-21 God's Unlimited Power Ephesians 4:3 Preservation of Unity He will take your temperature, your blood pressure, and your heart rate. Ephesians 4:13 The final goal Ephesians 4:4-6 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 4:11-13: A) God's Word in the Church Ephesians 2.1 - 10 Ephesians, Lesson #4 Reconciled Through Christ Ephesians 2.11 - 22 Ephesians, Lesson #5 God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles Ephesians 3.1 – 13 Ephesians, Lesson #6 A Prayer for the Ephesians Ephesians 3.14 - 21 Unity and Ephesians 1:1 Only by the Will of God Contention develops. Tower of Babel & World Languages: Unity from Genesis 11:1-9. is not characterized by these things, then we need to change our approach to life or our problems will only worsen. The word ‘unity’ only has meaning when more than one is present. Ephesians 2:2 B) Man's World When God designed marriage, He no doubt was thinking of the beauty of unity. Through this passage the Lord has given me a renewed energy to live out this unity despite the challenges I face. Our old nature just naturally has us think more of ourselves as more important than others. When this is done, the Spirit can and will mightily work. 1-16, purity – 4:17-5:17, harmony – Eph. Have you ever prayed for renewal? Things are right when you go out of your way to help others reach that success. The word literally means “to suffer.” In other words, we are called here to put up with the the improper behavior of others. Now let’s explore one of the most confusing concepts in this verse. Ephesians 4:17-21 He calleth men off from the vain and impure conversation of the heathen world, Ephesians 4:22-24 to renounce the old, and to put on the new, man, Ephesians 4:25 to discard lying, Ephesians 4:26,27 and sinful anger. On the surface it looks great but below there is no harmony. Forgiveness brings a healing power that overcomes offenses. The parents have tried to curtail his involvement in these things but to no avail. We are to be forgiving as He has forgiven us. As a missionary, I met many non-Christians and worked with many Christians. Ephesians 4:2-3 ~ "B) The Oneness of the Body" is part 3 of 5 of The Bible Teaching Commentary on Ephesians 4:1-3 which discusses the five ways he says the people of God obtain unity of the Spirit. Unity can be bad when the ungodly act in opposition to God. That is great for ambulances but not for us. Let’s look at a few examples. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. They all dashed in one direction - towards the tables. The first four character qualities are essential to carrying out this mission. Allow me to summarize two important reminders before going on. There is often, a desperate cry in our hearts, “How?”. So I had to get at behind the person at the other register. Paul admonishes us to walk in unity – vv. Ephesians 1:1-14 Redemption & Sovereignty Unity does not initiate love but love the unity. Ephesians - Lesson 4 By Curt Niccum The Rebuilding of the Temple. Maybe it would be best to understand this by thinking of the opposite of peace. I don’t think so. An example of this is certain cult-like denominations which so emphasize their own Christian community and their inherent unity, they treat other brothers and sisters outside of the community of the Lord. (Ephesians 2:11-13) Lesson 17 Patience does not mean someone has wronged you, but forbearance contains this idea - something wrong is being done to you. Ephesians 1:1-3 Bible Study Questions We would be more than happy to rewrite the verse to fit our experiences. Ephesians 4:1 Calling to Unity I hope I did! Ephesians 4:1 speaks about what the Lord has given to us in Christ: our calling. “And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. Do you sense friction? This kind of unity was exactly what God desired: people centering their lives around Him. Paul says it is agape love that keeps unity. This picture is quite different than the world. 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