Bible Reading Day 276
Day 276: October 3 (Ephesians 4)
Today Paul moves into specific instructions to those who will read his letter. These are practical insights on how to live as a Christian. Starting with unity, Paul quickly reaches another key passage in verses 4-6: “For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.”
Then Paul moves on to talk about what makes us different from everyone around us – our giftings from God. He mentions that God has given five specific gifts to the church (these are often called the five-fold ministries): apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. These five together cover the range of what is necessary for the church to grow and remain healthy. Just as a body has different parts, so the church has different parts; all necessary for the healthy and effective functioning of the whole.
Paul is aware of the tension between believers and unbelievers, and is keen to show how futile it is to be an unbeliever. He says they are “hopelessly confused” and urges the Ephesians to be different: put off the old, put on the new.
And he finishes the chapter with a collection of wise words and good advice for those living for Jesus. We are not like the world around us – we are different because we believe God makes a difference.
The Holy Spirit lives in us, and sees how we live. Let’s welcome and enjoy His presence today, and then we will not grieve Him!
Have a great day!