They speak of ways we are to conduct ourselves with other believers: humble, gentle, patient, forbearance and diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit. The unity then comes when we all focus on His will and purpose. Ephesians - Lesson 2 By Curt Niccum A Saving Knowledge. Ephesians 4:4-5 Reason for Oneness It is the individual greed in each person like a compass that makes them work together. It’s easy to get too used to that word. Peace is not just tolerating those that you don’t get along with. Deceit Does Paul mean that you should be quiet and not say anything? Ephesians: Discipleship Lessons, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson JesusWalk Bible Study Series Participant Guide Handout Sheets If you’re working with a class or small group, feel free to duplicate the following handouts in this appendix at no additional charge. Yesterday morning I had a run in with a local cashier. Ephesians 2:8-9 A) Purpose of Salvation In this verse, we see it is peace which binds the hearts of individuals together. Ephesians 5:31-32 Redemptive Analogy & Marriage Ephesians 4:17-21 He calleth men off from the vain and impure conversation of the heathen world, Ephesians 4:22-24 to renounce the old, and to put on the new, man, Ephesians 4:25 to discard lying, Ephesians 4:26,27 and sinful anger. Our experience does not ring true with the command to preserve unity. We should not allow the absence of outward conflict to define the peace that God wants to give to us. “With patience” reminds us that we cannot insist everyone live trying to maximum our own time efficiency. I would actually not use the word unity to describe the similar mindset of the wicked but obviously there is some element of unity. Ephesians 4:2-3 Our Oneness of the Body Have you experienced this kind of unity? Unity can be bad when the ungodly act in opposition to God. Of course, no one thinks absolutely the same. Is there peace? When I train my child some certain task, I need to be constantly alert to his or her needs and demands. I was in line to buy some milk, but she was just looking down and doodling. τος, μετὰ μακροθυμίας, ἀνεχόμενοι ἀλλήλων ἐν ἀγάπῃ. Ephesians 1:4-6 Bible Study Questions And it is already established that Christ has been raised from the dead and seated far above (literally, above above!) A good test of our humility is to ask, “Do you see the need for others?” Humbling ourselves is an active step of thinking properly about oneself in the overall context of life. The same is true in the church. Before going more into what this ‘preserve’ means and how this practically works out in our lives, let us first introduce the other concepts given in the last phrase of verse 3. Ephesians 4:2-3 ~ "B) The Oneness of the Body" is part 3 of 8 of The Bible Teacher's Commentary on Ephesians 4:1-6 which discusses the five ways he says the people of God obtain unity of the Spirit. James clearly identifies why there is loss of peace. They think the same about some certain matter. Students will discover that believers are called to a worthy walk. This might come in the form of cursing, laziness, stealing or just plain selfishness. It is a superficial unity. Pretend unity is not unity. What should they do? With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3). Should the husband just ignore his wife? Lesson 29: Vital Signs of a Healthy Body (Ephesians 4:14-16) Related Media Whenever you feel sick and go to the doctor, he will check your vital signs. There was no consideration of one another. We need to subdue that selfish and greedy heart if we are going to find that peace. Each time I read that verse, one word stood out like a sore thumb. If we want to get ahead in school, we are not to lag behind. They all dashed in one direction - towards the tables. I want to focus on the fifth item, “Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” All of these attributes are important, but the last is not as easily understood. Note God’s advice for Hagar after she has become prideful and despised Sarai her mistress. Ephesians 6:1-3 Obedience to Parents Grow up into Christ The Lord has been teaching me more about this topic lately. As a pastor, I have had to get involved in the details of people’s lives. Have you ever sung a song about revival? LESSON 5 – Ephesians 4 Read the following Scripture passages and complete the form for each day. “And gentleness” focuses on the kind way that we respond to people that we differ with. (Ephesians 2:11-13) Lesson 17