Through, pervading: in, indwelling. (W. Graham, D. D.), There are degrees of Fathership; or rather, there are such different degrees of the development of a Father’s love as make new orders in the relationship. See Ephesians 4:6 with its adjacent verses in bold below. But when the Father of all true believers is said to be one God, this no more excludes the Son and Spirit from being God, together with the Father, than Christ's being called one Lord, and the Holy Ghost one Spirit, Ephesians 4:4-5 excludes the Father from being Lord and Spirit together with them: and what is here said of God the Father as over or above all, ( επι παντων ), is said of Christ, as over all, ( επι παντων ) God blessed for ever (Romans 9:5.) This God is not merely over us, as afar off, but through all and in us all, i.e. He then proceeded to discuss the gifts of the Spirit ( Ephesians 4:7-13; cf. An environment is the some total of the social, spiritual, and relational attitudes and factors in a group that influences what the individual thinks of him or herself and what he or she does." https: I am overwhelmed by His love for us! The unity of the Church is founded on this doctrine. One God and Father. Neither the creative action of God (Est. To our friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, those we love, and those who get on our nerves – grace. "The Bible Study New Testament". BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Ephesians 4:6". The whole point of this verse is: what God is to the Christian! BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. "Supply" = as Robinson, "furnished," or "equipped," or as O'Brien, Word, "provided," or "supplied. "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". We are to clothe ourselves in humility before God our Father, and we are to walk in the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of peace. Spirit is capitalized. Not only has God enabled us to have the right attitudes, perspective (), and the right doctrinal basis (4:4-6), but He has also provided "gifts" to help maintain unity and growth in the body of Christ. Or, see it again in this way. Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus is the Word made flesh and that in Him is eternal life. Use the buttons below to get details on the Greek word and view related Bible verses that use the same root word. "Commentary on Ephesians 4:6". In this context “Gentiles” denotes those who have not joined themselves to Messiah, people who are of the world and following the world’s customs, worshipping the world’s gods. Thus, one of the peculiar marks of the Christian calling is to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Do we call brothers and sisters “lower orders”? πάντων] i.e. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. It refers to "a point of contact," or to " a joint" which provides a point of contact between limbs and members of the body as well as a means of banding together and thus, unity. Thank You that I am part of that universal Church, and for the elements of unity within the Christian faith that bind us together in Christ - for Your praise and glory, AMEN. All these are the work of the Father:—it is He who in direct sovereignty is over all—He who is glorified in the filling of all things by the Son:—He who is revealed by the witness of the indwelling Spirit. Though He is the Creator of all things, God's relational tie, as Father, are for Christians alone. in Ellic. Pay special attention to who our wrestling is really with because we tend to live as if our greatest problems are of this world, with very little thought to eternity. (202) At the bottom of this explanation there lies, indeed, the presupposition, that the relation of the Trinity is expressed in the three prepositions, as Jerome, Thomas, and many of the older expositors would have it. He miraculously and spiritually becomes an organic part of the body of Christ. He is the Father of the inanimate creation. As the word was used of fitting out ships for a long journey, the whole process of equipping implies a journey toward a distant destination. https: In connexion with πατὴρ it is natural to take πάντων as personal. https: διὰ πάντων] cannot, since the πάντες are the Christians and the relation of God to what is Christian is characterized, apply either to the creation (Estius, Wolf, and others), so that we should have to think of the all-penetrating creative power of God, or to providence (Chrysostom and his successors; Beza, Grotius: “per omnes diffundit providam suam gubernationem”); but the charismatic presence of God by means of the Holy Spirit, pervading and ruling all Christians, is meant. . There is no longer Jew and Gentile . https: Christ has given many gifts of grace for ministry (diversity) which come together in one common goal of maturity in Christ. and as the Father is through and in all believers, and all things that refer to them as believers; so it is said of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all things are by him, or through him, ( δι ου τα παντα ), 1 Corinthians 8:6 and that he fills all in all, Ephesians 1:23 and believers are the temples of the Holy Ghost, in whom the Spirit of God dwells, (1 Corinthians 3:16.) Yet connecting this statement to the word "Father", God is only the spiritual Father of all Christians (Galatians 3:26-27). Read my Faith Statement and learn about our Bible Groups, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to. We are not to be cohorts, we are not to aid them, we are not to support them. To equip often meant to put a bone or a part of the human body into right relationship with the other parts of the body so that every part fits thoroughly. The thought of the Fatherhood was at the heart of the prayer, Ephesians 3:14. 'Over, through, in' express God's threefold relation to his creatures.