Updated: Feb 15, 2021
In chapter 3 of Ephesians, the apostle Paul spoke about the “mystery of Christ” Jews and Gentiles are one body in Christ. He also prayed for the church, that they would fully comprehend the love of Christ Turning to chapter 4, Paul begins to put this all together.
EPHESIANS 4: 1-16 (World English Bible)
“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love, being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all, and in us all. But to each one of us, the grace was given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Therefore he says,
“When he ascended on high,he led captivity captive,and gave gifts to people.” Now this, “He ascended”, what is it but that he also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.
He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him who is the head, Christ, from whom all the body, being fitted and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in measure of each individual part, makes the body increase to the building up of itself in love.”
Following Christ, how are we to live, to walk as Christians? The transforming message of Christ causes us to walk differently. As part of His church, His body (ref. Col. 1:18), we are to maintain the unity of the Spirit. We are to walk in lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love. We are to be one. Pride and selfish ambition walk counter to the One we follow.
Christ has given talents and gifts to His church so that the body of Christ can be built up, growing in maturity, so that we, together, can reach the fullness of Christ. Christ desires His church to be secure, firm in the faith, so as not to be carried away or tossed back and forth by every teaching, error, or the deception of others.
Each of us, every part of the body, is important and needed for the whole. Our walk, as followers of Christ, matters. Christians are to walk worthy of our calling.