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Chapter 4 "God's Combining of a Living Union - The Brotherhood"
Series: That Glorious Union....Ephesians
Ephesians 4: 1 thru 3
Intro: Chapter Four deals mainly with our walk, our work and our worth as God's Brotherhood of the church. Paul elaborates on our new control, our new conduct, and our new course. Chapters 1-3 have dealt mainly with principles and possessions, but now Paul seeks to let us know and see our performance. The deliverance of our past and the delights of our present have to show up in the deeds of our performance. Chapter four is where the tongue that talks must align with the truth of the walk. We have seen the body, the building and the blessed, and now we absolutely must entertain the brotherhood. The beauty of the body of the church would become a catastrophe without the bonds of the brotherhood of the church. The church is the brotherhood of all blood washed, born again believers. The time has arrived' when we must display the unity of the brotherhood of the church to the world. The world will only recognize that which we reflect to them.
I. A REPUTATION THAT DEMANDS A WORTHY WALK
(verse 1 "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called")
A) The Must of this Walk
The word "beseech" means "to call to one's side and to call to one's aid; to produce comfort". The word exceeds the meaning of "ask or plead". This is a most powerful demand that God instructed Paul to issue to us. It is not a request or a suggestion, but it is an absolute must if we are to reflect to the world that we are the brotherhood of Christ. Paul is almost reaching from the page of scripture and grabbing our arm, in his plan for us to understand this truth. The placement of the word "beseech" sets the tone and the stage for the entirety of chapter four. The course of our walk as t ...
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