This letter was written by the apostle Paul to believers in Ephesus which is in what we know as central Turkey. They (and we) are encouraged to live consistently with their beliefs.
“When he ascended on high,
he led captivity captive,
and gave gifts to people.”
1. How do believers show they are walking worthily of their calling?
v 2 and 3 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.
2. What does the apostle Paul say constitutes the one body?
v 4 to 6 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.
3. How should we treat each other bearing in mind the forgiveness we have received in Christ?
v 31 and 32 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, outcry, and slander be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God also in Christ forgave you.
- v 1 to 3 Believers are encouraged to walk worthily of their calling and to humbly co-operate together
- v 4 to 6 They should be united by their one faith
- v 7 to 10 God shows his grace through Jesus Christ who released us from our captivity and gave gifts
- v 11 to 16 Christ gave various gifts to build up the body of Christ so that it could resist winds of doctrine and develop
- v 17 to 24 We are encouraged to resist the influence of those around us who are hardened in their ignorance. Instead we are to to be renewed in our mind and follow the example of Jesus
v 25 to 32 We are to be totally true with each other. We are not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God by behaving in an ungodly way. We should forgive one another just as God in Christ has forgiven us