Chapter Four, Lesson Three
WALKING IN UNITY Page
V.12 ** What were these men to do with their spiritual
They were given by Jesus Christ to His church "for the equipping
of the saints". They have a specific charge from Christ to equip
those who belong to Him for a very special purpose.
** How are they to do that?
Three ways -
1) Teach God's Word, 2Timothy 4:2
2) Be an example, 1Corinthians 11:1, Hebrews 13:7
3) Exhort excellence, Ephesians 4:1 and 1Peter 2:11-12
That stands out as our first result of "Walking in Unity",
the members of the body of Christ become "equipped".
** Once we as believers are equipped, what do we do with our spiritual
We (joyfully) do the work of service!
cf. 1Corinthians 15:58, Romans 12:1 with 2Thessalonians 3:11
These start to come rather quickly, but here is the second result
of "Walking in Unity" - we willingly do the work that Jesus
has set before us for His glory.
** Let's look at the third result, what is the outcome of gifted
Christians doing the work of service?
"...to the building up of the body of Christ"! Our faithful
work on behalf of the Lord is actually used by Him to build up His glorious
** While we are doing this glorious work, what is the common resource
in all of our lives, which God uses for this building process?
His precious Word! cf. Acts 20:32 and 1Peter 2:2
V.13 ** Alright then, we have seen that if we are "Walking
in Unity" as Christians, the saints will be equipped, they will do
the work of service and the body is built up by God's word. Let's look
together to verse 13 and see the forth result of "Walking
in Unity" - What is it?
UNITY! We "all attain to the unity of the faith". Please
notice that this is not unity for unity's sake. This represents the
joining together by God's grace around the one true Faith, faith in
cf. Ephesians 4:5 and Jude 1:3
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