My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Ephesians 4

Unified new creations

Life worthy of your calling. Be at peace with each other, humble and unified. There is one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, and one baptism, and one God. Jesus has given us different gifts as he wishes. Some are apostles, some are teachers and so on. Instead of being immature still, we will grow up as the body, with all our parts, into the head which is Jesus.

Don't be like the hedonist world, always wanting more. That's not how you found Jesus. You were taught to get rid of the old, and embrace the new. Don't lie, and don't let anger take hold. Don't be bitter or talk smut, but rather be forgiving and say only uplifting things.

Key verses:
4-6. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

My thoughts:
This is, at least partially, a bunch of my issue around getting baptised as an adult. My problem isn't with people who get baptised for the first time as an adult, but those who have been baptised/christened as children getting baptised as adults. There is one baptism, not two or three or four. One baptism. Though, of course, those (filshy) anabaptists would say that the first one wasn't a 'real' one. I think more divisions need to be made in the church due to this disagreement.

So there's some pretty sweet stuff on the different roles God might have for us here. Pretty famous passage for modern Christians. Paul's overall point here is that despite our different roles, we are all unified.

The concept of living as life worthy of the calling is a cool one, and I think it's the correct was to express why we should live a Godly life. We are saved by grace. We are called before we are worthy, but we then choose to live a like worthy of the calling after we have been called as a response to the awesome cool. It's good stuff... We need to be a new creation. We need to live like God's new creations. That affects so much of us. The anger part is a cool one. It isn't a sin in and of itself, and it's a stepping stone. Same with the talking smut. It can become so normal and so unshocking, but as Christians I do believe that we need to be clean and uplifting in our speech. Some Christians claim that they are just relating to non-believers when they talk dirt, but I think non-Christians are actually a bit disappointed in us when we do. They expect something different. This chapter contains some pretty cool advice.

In all of this is the assumption that those who weren't Gentiles aren't Gentile Christians, they aren't even Gentiles anymore! I want to go to Israel and tell them that I belong to the nation of Israel. See what they do.


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