And now I commend (place you beside is the idea = commercial technical term for giving something to someone in trust for safekeeping = to "deposit") you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32). Foster, M. A.I. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! 12 - An Overview: The Divide is Over: November 8, 2020: Tim Armstrong: Ephesians Pt. The freedom with which the Scriptures hold Him forth for our salvation. For what higher work can there be than to build up the church that it may reach its perfection. When referring to persons the idea is that of complete or perfect ("Therefore you are to be perfect (teleios), as your heavenly Father is perfect (teleios)." When the Word is diminished or compromised, the church will be ane… While they stood (you mean they didn't even have wooden pews or padded chairs?) TO THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE WHICH BELONGS TO THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST: eis metron hlikias tou pleromatos tou Christou: To the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ - In a word this is Christlikeness or conformity to the image of Christ. No growth toward wholeness and perfection can occur without this increase in the unity of the faith through the understanding of Christian doctrine. So the expectation of being with, and like Christ, should be to us as a sheet-anchor, who bear His Name. until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. It must be a heavenly body.It is of heavenly formation. When we are each functioning under the Spirit’s power, letting His ability be ours, then our gifts begin to function. In pointing out to them their sins and errors. see Mt 5:48-note - see more discussion below) Teleios describes a victim which is fit for a sacrifice to God as without blemish. Now I’d like to just draw a little contrast here, based on that. If pastors and teachers ignore the Word, God's divinely-provided instrument of equipping, then they should not be surprised if the saints in their charge are ill-equipped for--and ineffective in--the work of the ministry. Figuratively the idea is the process of edification or building up spiritually or spiritual strengthening. Oneness in fellowship is impossible unless it is built on the foundation of commonly believed truth. (Ps 1:2,3-note, Josh 1:8-note). (Acts 6:7), Robertson remarks that here "the faith" means, "the gospel, the faith system as in Gal 1:23; Jude 1:3, etc. 2. Be careful to make that distinction! Unfortunately, in many churches (and particularly American churches), there has come a strange reversal of roles between the pastor and the evangelist. (1 Corinthians 5:1, etc.). Nov 8, 1992. are without apparent dignity. Mature (5046) (teleios [word study] from telos = an end, a purpose, an aim, a goal) means complete, mature, fully developed, full grown, brought to its end, finished, wanting nothing necessary to completeness, in good working order. "Wherefore comfort one another with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:10). "it is reported commonly that there is fornication among you," etc. (MacArthur, J: Ephesians. Paul … Jesus' example and the NT introduced a radically new attitude toward diakonia. Sep 17, 1995. Foster, M. But that is what the church is all about. Blessings for the inner man. Quick as a flash he said, "I'm twelve, going on thirteen, but soon to be fourteen." But when you put them together played by the same hand, you have unity amongst the diversity. (If you would like to receive Pastor Harris’ weekly sermons via e-mail, Click here) Faith Bible Church, NY. God does not want a church filled with white robed saints. Compassionate and merciful? (Sermons maybe freely distributed for the blessing of God's people providing that they are unaltered, copied in full and that the source is properly acknowledged.) (Acts 14:21, 22), "the churches were being strengthened in the faith, (in the doctrinal truths concerning the gospel) and were increasing in number daily." Return to the Main Player. The believers in Jerusalem only knew Paul by reputation and "they kept hearing, “He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy.” (Gal 1:23) This is another clear example of "the faith" referring to the objective body of truth that composed the gospel message which Paul preached ceaselessly (1Cor 1:17, 2:1 2:2). Ephesians 4:7-16. 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