The Worthy Walk: The Basics

I.  We are asked to “walk worthy” of our calling (Ephesians 4:1).

A.  This chapter divides into three main divisions.

1.  Worthy Walk – The Basics: Ephesians 4:1-8

2.  Worthy Walk – The Teachers: Ephesians 4:9-16

3.  Worthy Walk – The Expectations: Ephesians 4:17-32

B.  This request has an unusual play on words.

1.  The “walk” is to be seen as our normal lifestyle

2.  The “worthiness” reflects the One whom we serve

a. Our “behavior” is to “be suitable” to the Gospel (Philippians 1:27)
b. Our “walk” is defined by our actions (Colossians 1:10)

3.  The “calling” is simply that to which we were “bid” (Romans 8:30)

a. It is not a extraordinary human calling (1 Corinthians 1:26)
b. It is based on one hope (Ephesians 4:4; 1:18)
c. It is a high calling (Philippians 3:14
d. It is a holy calling (2 Timothy 1:11)
e. It is a heavenly calling (Hebrews 3:1)
f. It is a secure calling (2 Peter 1:10)

II. We are given specific character requirements (Ephesians 4:2)

A.  Since the Lord Jesus is to receive glory in the Church (Ephesians 3:21), our “worthy walk” must reflect Christ’s character.

1.  We must walk with LOWLINESS and MEEKNESS.

a. Greek: tapeinophrosune – “humility” in the basic sense that we see others as more valuable than ourselves.
1)  Philippians 2:3 – “in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
2)  Colossians 3:12 – “Put on therefore…humbleness of mind”
b. Greek: praotes – “gentleness” an attitude of mind and behavior which, arising from humility, disposes one to receive with gentleness and meekness whatever may come to him from others or from God.
c. 2 Timothy 2:25-26 -- In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

2.  We must walk (in lowliness and meekness) with all LONGSUFFERING

a.  Greek: makrothumia - the self restraint which does not hastily retaliate a wrong.
b.  2 Peter 3:20 – “…once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah…”

3.  We must walk FORBEARING one another in love

a.  Greek: anechomai - with long (enduring) temper, i.e. leniently
b.  1 Corinthians 4:12 – “And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it …”

B.  Since the Lord Jesus is to receive glory in the Church (Ephesians 3:21), we are expected to keep the “unity of the Spirit” (Ephesians 4:3).

1.  We are to ENDEAVOR (be diligent) to KEEP (observe, preserve)

a. 2 Peter 3:14 -- Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
b. 1 John 2:5 -- But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

2.  We are to keep the UNITY of the Spirit in the BOND of peace.

a. Ephesians 4:13 -- Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
b. Colossians 2:19 – “…holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.”

III. We are given the 7-fold “Unity of the Spirit” to follow and embrace.

A. There is one body that Jesus Christ oversees.

1.  Romans 12:4-5 -- For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

2.  1 Corinthians 12:12-13 -- For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

B.  There is one Spirit that indwells and guides all of us.

1.  John 16:13 -- Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come..

2.  1 John 4:1-3 -- Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

C.  There is one hope that binds and demonstrates our calling.

1.  Romans 8:24-25 -- For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

2.  Hebrews 6:19 -- Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

D.  There is one Lord who rules everything.

1.  Mark 12:29 -- And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

2.  1 Corinthians 8:6 - But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

E.  There is one faith that we all should embrace.

1.  Jude 1:3 --  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

2.  Romans 4:16 -- Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

F.  There is one baptism by which we identify with Jesus Christ.

1.  Matthew 28:19 -- Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

2.  Romans 6:4 -- Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

G.  There is one God and Father of us all by whom we exist and are saved.

1.  1 Peter 1:3 -- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

2.  Luke 10:21 -- In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

 IV. We are given “grace gifts” by the Lord Jesus to use in the assembly.

A. There are three main lists of these spiritual “grace gifts.”

1.  Romans 12:6-8 which names prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, ruling, and mercy.

2.  1 Corinthians 12:7-10 names word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healing, prophecy, discerning of spirits, working of miracles, different kinds of languages, interpretation of languages.

3.  Ephesians 4:11 identifies apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastors (and) teachers.

B. There is a specific ranking of importance to these gifts given in 1 Corinthians 12:28

1.  First, apostles – the foundation of the New Testament Churches

2.  Second, prophets – the initial spokesmen for God.

3.  Third, teachers, -- the ongoing training of the Family.

4.  After that, miracles, healings, helps, governments, diversities of languages.

C. There is the final evaluation of the most important gift – love.

1.  Prophecies, languages, and knowledge will “fade away” (1 Corinthians 13:8)

2.  The “excellent way” and that which “abides” is faith, hope, and love – the greatest of which is love (1 Corinthians 13:13).



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