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Ephesians, Chapter Four, Lesson Three

WALKING IN UNITY            Page 3

V.12 ** What were these men to do with their spiritual gifts?

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 gift?

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 body.

** 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 Christ!
cf. Ephesians 4:5 and Jude 1:3

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