The Apostle here makes a swift transition from the thought of the unity of the Church to the variety of gifts to the individual. (y) Charity is the knitting of the limbs together. According to the effectual working in the measure of every member - According as every member in its measure effectually works for the support and growth of the whole. The sequel of Bethlehem and Calvary and Olivet is the upper room and the Pentecost. Many Christians have orchards full of, EPHESIANS iv. Verse Thoughts. If he knows he cannot he is sorely tempted to say it is of slight importance, and, though it cannot be cured, can be endured without much discomfort. Ephesians 4:1-6. The End of ReligionEPHESIANS iv. So Christian life ought to be. 20, 21. It is difficult for us, amidst our present divisions, to realise how strange and wonderful it then was that a bond should have been found which drew together men of all nations, ranks, and characters. It has been mellowed and softened by the rains and the heat of summer. We had occasion to remark in a former sermon that Paul regards this and the preceding clauses as the summing up of 'the truth in Jesus'; or, in other words, he considers the radical transformation and renovation of the whole moral nature as being the purpose of the revelation of God in Christ. 24. "Grow up into Him in all Things" (Eph. It will be an exercise in biblical renewal. He reckons on the assent of the Ephesian Christians when he paints the society in which they lived as alienated from God, insensible to the restraints of conscience, and foul with all uncleanness. Be renewed, says St. Paul, in the spirit of your mind--in the tone, character, and habit of your mind. Be renewed, says St. Paul, in the spirit of your mind--in the tone, character, and habit of your mind. The Apostle here makes a swift transition from the thought of the unity of the Church to the variety of gifts to the individual. To this end they have …Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John, Grieving the Spirit'Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.'--Eph. The Apostle has been describing in very severe terms the godlessness and corruption of heathenism. King James Version (KJV). …John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions, From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the, "Grow up into Him in all things" (Eph. He reckons on the assent of the Ephesian Christians when he paints the society in which they lived as alienated from God, insensible to the restraints of conscience, and foul with all uncleanness. Show footnotes. It tells us why we are to pray, whether at home or in church; why we are to read our Bibles and good books; why we are to be what is commonly called religious. There is the issue of the whole mission and work of Christ--the planting in the heart of humanity of a new and divine life.