Chapter Four, Lesson Three
WALKING IN UNITY Page
** Right on the heels of a "unity of the faith" comes our fifth
result, do you see it?
A unity "of the knowledge of the Son of God". This is a blessing
that we cannot explain to the lost around us because they have no capacity
to properly evaluate its worth.
cf. 1Corinthians 1:18, 1Corinthians 2:14
Our unity in "the knowledge of the Son of God" is what makes
us completely unique in all of creation and causes us to be able to
glorify God. cf. 2Peter 1:2-3 and verse 8, 2Peter 3:18
** That brings us to our sixth and final result from "Walking
in Unity". We will spend the rest of our time together today exploring
the "maturity" which comes from "Walking in Unity"
with one another. By what standard are we to measure our maturity?
"to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of
Christ". cf. Romans 8:29
Note: We do not measure our maturity by comparing to other men, either
saved or unsaved.
V.14 ** As a result of our Christian growth and maturity, what
two things are we to avoid according to the apostle Paul?
1) Acting like children, who are "tossed here and there by waves,
and carried about by every wind of doctrine".
2) The demonic heresy of false teachers - those who employ "the
trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming".
** Did you notice the three characteristics that Paul delineated for
us which describe a false teacher?
Trickery - intentional fraud
Craftiness - clever manipulation of error, to make it look like truth,
Deceitful Scheming - planned, subtle and systematic error from the father
of lies.(John 8:44)
V.15 ** By the refreshing contrast introduced in verse 15, what
are we supposed to do?
We are the ones (the only ones, by the way) who are "speaking
the truth in love".
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