Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:1-24
Ephesians 4:30—grieve not Holy Spirit. Things listed destroy unity.
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Endeavor—make haste, diligence. Keep—maintain. One Body—Church, all believers in the world in Christ all have one hope, which drives us in unity. One God is head of all things. Eyes on Him! Calling--heavenly eternity and unity.
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Christ’s ascension sent the Spirit bringing gifts to His people.
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Perfecting—equipping, providing all that is needed, correcting, mending. Mending of the individual leads to edification of the corporate body.
Faith and knowledge—proper understanding and experiential knowledge, agreement in doctrine and experience. Stature—maturity, full age.
Children—babies, infant, non-speaking. To and fro—from within even when there is no wind, but also susceptible to external false teaching. Sleight—cheating at playing dice! craftiness—trickery, sophistry, subtilty
JFB “The different teachings of philosophers or of religious quacks are represented as winds, blowing the unstable soul in every direction.”
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Speaking truth—holding, walking in, following the truth. Grow up—from child to mature, full age like Christ. Compacted—firm consolidation. Harmony and solidity. The supply comes from Christ and works in every part—the gifts He gave. Love is the edifying component. Christ supplies each member, each member uses the supply to build up the others.
Your spiritual maturity affects others!
There are no commands about going to church. But again, do you see what God wants to do with you in church?! He wants to give you the fullness of Christ—share in His glory! But we’re too tired and busy for that.
1 Corinthians 12:11-14
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.14 For the body is not one member, but many.
All these—a list of spiritual gifts. Although many, there is one. Gifts never lead to division of the Body.
1 Corinthians 12:15-18
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
Don’t compare yourself with other gifted members. We each have a role that Christ has put us in the Body for according to His wisdom, grace, and love.
1 Corinthians 14:12
Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
Don’t seek gifts for the gifts; seek to edify others. How can I help? When you seek to edify, gifts will abound in you.
Spiritual gifts are not for personal use—as God gave them to you, so too do we use them to benefit others.