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Ephesians, Chapter Four, Lesson Three

WALKING IN UNITY            Page 5
V.15 (Cont'd.)

** What impact will this type of speech pattern have on our spirituality?

"...we are to grow up in all aspects into Him..."

** Did you notice in how many areas of our life we were to be growing into Christ likeness?

In "all aspects"...there is no area of our daily life that is to remain untouched by the maturing process that is brought on by "Walking in Unity".

** In preparation for what he is about to say in verse 16, why does Paul refer to Christ as the head?

Because we are "the whole body", Paul wants us to be sure we remember that Jesus Christ is the only source for all truth, direction and strength. cf. Ephesians 1:22 and Colossians 1:18

V.16 ** Before we get into this last verse of our passage, Who causes the growth of Christians - even the growth of the body of Christ itself?

God - alone! cf. 1Corinthians 3:6-7, Colossians 2:18-19

** OK, now in verse 16, how does God cause the growth?

First, He holds us together - "Walking in Unity", is that which every joint supplies. We cannot make it without each other!

Second, He amazingly uses our involvement!
"...according to the proper working of EACH INDIVIDUAL PART..." - don't miss Paul's use of the word "proper" in that statement. We must be faithful to use our spiritual gift for the good of the body. All see - 1Corinthians 12:12-25

EXTRICATE

** As we return to our passage in Ephesians 4:11-16, what were the six results which come from the practice of "Walking in Unity"?

1) The saints are equipped
2) The saints do the work of service
3) The body is built up
4) We share in the unity of "the faith"
5) We share in the unity of the knowledge of Christ
6) We share in our common maturity in Christ

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