Week 46   Day 5


Written by Paul from prison

the letter to the Ephesians is about God's grace

            and what our appropriate response

            to that grace should be 


God chose us from before the foundation of the world

            for his good pleasure

            and to be holy through his grace


God accepts us as we are

            but doesn't leave us that way 

This is a book about change--

            from death to life 

            darkness to light 

            conflict to peace 

            sin to holiness   


Holiness is not a word we use very often

            but think of it in terms 

                        of right living

                                and of pleasing God


                                in our family relationships

                                and in our expanded contacts 

Paul has a lot of suggestions for us!



Paul is also talking about the community of believers

            how each person

            needs to work together

            for the good of all

                        and for the benefit of

                        spreading the good news of Jesus.




                                        BODY BUILDING

                     Replace lies, anger and bitterness

                     with compassion and forgiveness.

                                          Ephesians 4


    1 I, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of

your calling, 2with all lowliness, gentleness, and longsuffering,

bearing with one another in love, 3endeavoring to keep the

unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  4There is one body

and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your

calling; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and

Father, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

    7To each one of us grace was given according to the

measure of Christ's gift.  11He gave some to be apostles,

some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and

teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of

ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.

    14We should no longer be tossed to and fro and carried

about with every wind of doctrine, 15but, speaking the

truth in love, we may grow up in all things into Christ who is
the head--16from whom the whole body is joined
and knit
by which every part does its share.

    17This I testify in the Lord, that you should no longer

walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of

their mind, 18having their understanding darkened, being

alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance

that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.

    20But you have not so learned Christ.  22Put off the

old man which grows corrupt, 23and be renewed in the

spirit of your mind, 24that you put on the new man which

was created in true righteousness and holiness.

    25"Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,"

for we are members of one another.  26"Be angry, and do

not sin":  do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27nor

give place to the devil.  28Let him who stole steal no longer,

but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good,

that he may have something to give him who has need. 

    29Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but

what is good for necessary edification.  30Do not grieve

the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the

day of redemption.  31Let all bitterness, wrath, anger,

clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all

malice.  32And be kind to one another, tenderhearted,

forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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