I therefore, a prisoner of the Lord, entrust you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called. . . (Ephesians 4:1 The New American Standard).
Ephesians 4:1-6 New American Standard
Ephesians 4:1-6 In your Bible
Chapter four of Ephesians commands special attention. In order for these parts to sink in and edify us, we will study it in 3 shorter sections.
Called by God
Paul begs believers to walk (or lead a life) a manner worthy of your calling. His choice of the word worthy emphasizes salvation is a magnificent gift and wonderfully liberating.
Paul lists character attributes that believers need to develop:
* Be humble and gentle
* Be patient with each other, making allowances for each other’s faults because of your love
* Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit
* Bind yourselves in peace
He emphasizes the always keep: United in the Holy Spirit and bound in peace. Jesus exemplifies all these (and many more) attributes because he was led by the Holy Spirit.
God is All in All
Paul boldly declares the uniqueness and unity of the believers. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you 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 all (Ephesians 4:4-6 New American Standard).
We often hear this verse shortened to one Lord, one faith, one baptism. This is true, however the whole verse, including one Lord, one faith, one baptism declares God is our Father who is all and in all. Wow. Selah.
Prayer: Father, thank you for calling me. And blessed am I who can call you Father.
Questions: What is your impression of the phrase worthy of your calling? What does it mean to you that God is over, through, and in all things? How can this be?