Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Therefore…walk worthy

In my current Busy Mamas Bible Study I had to go through the book of Ephesians.  In chapters 1-3 I highlighted everything that God has done for me.  This was very eye-opening to see so clearly what God has done for me.  Sometimes, a girl who was raised in a Christian home, and never committed any “major” sins, I take for granted exactly what God did when He reached out and saved my soul.  Ephesians 4:1 opens with the words, “Therefore…walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.”  The next three chapters list command after command – each of which we are to do because of what God has done for us (chapters 1-3).  It is a “reasonable” service to do these things in response to everything that Christ did for us in salvation!

  • 1. 3 – Blessed us with all spiritual blessings
  • 1. 4 chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world
  • 1.5 predestinated us to the adoption of children
  • 1.6 made us accepted in the beloved
  • 1.7 redeemed us through His blood
  • 1.7 forgiven our sins
  • 1.8 abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence
  • 1.9 revealed the mystery of His will
  • 1.11 given us an inheritance
  • 1.13 sealed us with the Spirit of promise
  • 2:1 quickened me, when I was dead in sin
  • 2:4 loved me with a great love
  • 2:5 quickened me together with Christ
  • 2:6 raised us up together to sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus
  • 2:10 created me in Christ Jesus unto good works
  • 2:10 ordained that I should walk in good works
  • 2:13 brought me near by the blood of Christ
  • 2:14 broken down the wall of partition
  • 2:16 reconciled both Jew and Gentile to God through the cross
  • 2:16 slain the enmity

Our responsibility in response to these things…

  • 4.1 Walk worthy
  • 4.2 Keep the unity
  • 4.14 Be no more children [but be mature]
  • 4.15 Speak the truth in love
  • 4.15 Grow up into Christ
  • 4.17 Walk not as other Gentiles
  • 4.22 Put off the old man
  • 4.23 Renew your mind
  • 4.24 Put on the new man
  • 4.25 Put away lying and speak truth
  • 4.26 Let not the sun go down upon your wrath
  • 4.27 Do not give place to the devil
  • 4.28 Do not steal, but work with your hands
  • 4.29 Do not have corrupt communication
  • 4.29 Speak edifying words
  • 4.30 Grieve not the Holy Spirit
  • 4.31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking, and malice be put away
  • 4.32 Be kind
  • 4.32 Forgive as Christ forgave
  • 5.1 Be followers of God
  • 5.2 Walk in love
  • 5.3 Let uncleanness, fornication, and covetousness not be named among you even once
  • 5.7 Be not partakers with the children of disobedience
  • 5.8 Walk as children of light
  • 5.10 Prove what is acceptable unto the Lord
  • 5.11 Have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness
  • 5.11 Reprove the works of darkness
  • 5.15 Walk circumspectly
  • 5.16 Redeem the time
  • 5.17 Be not unwise
  • 5.17 Understand God’s Will
  • 5.18 Be not drunk with wine
  • 5.18 Be filled with the Spirit
  • 5.19 Speak psalms and hymns to yourselves
  • 5.20 Give thanks always for all things
  • 5.21 Submit yourselves to one another
  • 5.22 Wives submit to your husbands
  • 5.25 Husbands love your wives
  • 5.28 Husbands love your wives as your own body
  • 5.33 Husbands love your wives as yourself
  • 5.33 Wives reverence your husbands
  • 6.1 Children obey your parents
  • 6.2 Children honor your father and mother
  • 6.4 Fathers provoke not your children to wrath
  • 6.4 Bring up your children in the admonition of the Lord
  • 6.5 Servants obey your masters
  • 6.7 Do your service as to the Lord and not to men
  • 6.10 Be strong in the Lord
  • 6.11 Put on the whole armor of God
  • 6.13 Take the whole armor of God
  • 6.14 Stand therefore [against the devil]
  • 6.18 Pray always
  • 6.18 Watch with perseverance

So, go – and walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called!

1 comment:

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi dear Abndrea and Ben,
I have shared your page on my Facebook page and couple of my friends have popped over. Your words are refreshingly honest. We all struggle and we all look around and think so and do is managing so much better than I am..
But God is greater than all and meets us where the rubber meets the road in our life and picks us up and carries us on.

Praise Him for His glorious word which you've shared.
Shaz in Oz.x

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