I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were 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.7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Ephesians 4:1-7 NKJV
Look for the repeated phrases, the lists, character traits, and the action verbs. Think what the purpose of this writing might be. Look for the timeless principle you can apply. As you do, the Spirit of God in you will reveal the truth.
Let’s take a look. This seems to be exhortation to the Ephesians to walk worthy of their calling. Paul even seems to explain what walking worthy might look like. A worthy walk would include humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another in love and effort to keep unity of Spirit. Paul even goes on to remind the Ephesians of the bigger picture to which they belong: One body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God. Speaking of God, Paul describes God’s authority saying He is above all, through all and in you all. As one final closing thought, it is God of the Universe in us and the immense grace given to us that compels us to walk worthy in the first place! Therefore, one timeless principle could be the fact we really can love others because God in us enables us to do so.
Take some time to review this scripture yourself. Read it more than once. Meditate on it.
Try making a comparison of each character trait you see. For example, take humility and list out what humility is NOT. Humility is not defensive. It does not try to prove its point. Humility has no favorites. It does not put itself first.
Make a list of the repeated phrases and see what that list might tell you. For example: all the One statements. Perhaps one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God might be indicating a unity or bond we belong to.
You might try looking up the words beseech and endeavoring to get further understanding of those words.
Ask yourself how does “bond of peace”, “unity of Spirit” and “grace was given” relate to concept of us being the body of Christ?
What might God be trying to teach you? What truth can you apply in your life today? How does embracing the fact of God in us empower us to live for Him?
Lord, thank you for your word and your Spirit to guide us in your truth. Help us apply your truth in our lives today. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.