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📊 Ephesians 4:1 | Paul's Main Point & Original Greek

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Happy Tuesday! If you missed yesterday’s email, you can read it here (scroll down after clicking to read it).

📧 In today’s email…

  • 🤓 Context on Ephesians leading up to our memory verse

  • 🙏 Paul’s main point & The original Greek

  • 🤔 Reflection + application

  • 📊 Tuesday trivia

 🧠 Memorize

see if you know what words go in the blanks

I therefore, _ ________ for ___ ____, urge you to walk

in a manner worthy of ___ _____ to which you have been called.

Ephesians 4:1

(Answer key below. You can also use our free web app to memorize in your favorite translation. Set up instructions are linked at the bottom of this email.)

Paul’s Main Point in Ephesians 4:1 🤓 

First, let’s review the broader context of Ephesians and what leads up to our memory verse.

When reading through the 6 chapters in Ephesians, you can see some of Paul’s main goals in writing this letter, which include:

  • Calling for unity within the body of believers (Eph 2:11-22)

  • Explaining the mystery of the Gospel - that Gentiles are equal heirs and partakers of the promise in Christ through the gospel (Ephesians 3:1-13)

  • Encouraging believers to live in a way that flows from the gospel (Eph 4:1-6)

  • Providing practical instructions for Christian living (Eph 4:17-5:21)

  • Discussing the armor of God (Eph 6:10-18)

In Ephesians 3 - leading up to our memory verse - Paul prays for the believers and elaborates on the mystery of the Gospel:

6 This mystery is[a] that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Ephesians 3:6

Paul then ends Chapter 3 with a powerful prayer:

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

The Transition 📖

Ephesians 4:1 marks a transition from making a theological point to giving practical exhortation, urging believers to live out their calling.

“I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.”

Ephesians 4:1

Original Greek 🤓

Now, let’s dig into a few Greek words found in verse 1.

Again, let’s review this week’s verse:

  • Paul uses the Greek word for ‘prisoner’ (desmios) on two levels - he is literally a prisoner at the time of writing this, and he is a “prisoner of Christ Jesus” (Eph 3:1). We’ll learn more about this tomorrow.

  • The Greek word for ‘urge’ (parakaleō) is a strong exhortation, often used by Paul to encourage and implore.

    • Remember that they didn’t have the ability to call each other - the only options Paul has to emphasize points are repetition and the use of strong language.

  • Walk’ (peripateō) means how you live or conduct your entire life.

    • Think about the phrases “walking the walk” and your “walk of faith.”

Paul’s main point in this verse?

Live your life in such a way that it is consistent with the truth that you have been healed and saved by the work of Jesus!

As believers, our lives should be a testimony - evidence - to the grace and calling we have received, showing the world the transformative power of the Gospel.

Apply & Respond: Reflect 🤔 

To apply Ephesians 4:1, consider how your daily life aligns with your Christian calling.

Take a moment to reflect on these questions:

  • Are you promoting unity and peace within your community?

  • How do your actions demonstrate humility and patience?

  • In what ways do you strive to live a life that reflects the love of Christ?

Reflect on personal experiences where you have succeeded or struggled in living out this calling.

Reflect 🙏 

For deeper reflection, consider one way you can embody the principles of Ephesians 4:1 both:

  • Inside of the church community and

  • With non-believers

💡 Bonus: Pick one coworker, friend or family member who follows Jesus. Ask them to share 1 practical way they are living in a way “worthy of the calling.”

Tuesday Trivia 📊 

Click one of the options below! Let’s see how you do..

In Ephesians chapter 5, what metaphor does Paul use to describe the relationship between Christ and the Church?

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Answer key  

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk

in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.

Ephesians 4:1

Have a blessed Tuesday 🌮

Best,

Kieran & Isaac

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