God has called us to live in such a way that our daily living will reflect our spiritual standing as children of God. We are called to walk (live) in accordance to who we are in Christ. And all that we need for this walk has been graciously given to us. Today we get a brief overview of one key element of this provision – spiritual gifts.
Duration:58 mins 21 secs

God’s Call to “Walk Worthy” and His Provision That Makes It Possible

Ephesians 4: 1-16

In last week’s sermon, we heard the gospel summarized with his statement: “Every religion in the world can be located under one of two words: do or done. Christianity is a done religion; we are saved by what Christ has done for us, not by what we do to earn salvation.” (D. Akin)  

With this in mind, we could also say that much of what we read in the New Testament could likewise be located under one of two words: proclamation or exhortation. In one way or another every New Testament book first proclaims the good news of what Christ has done for us, then we find exhortation that teaches us how we are to respond in faithful obedience. 

Today’s passage in Ephesians is one of these exhortations. The first three chapters of Ephesians are a beautiful proclamation of what God has done for us in Christ, summarized well in Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them

The final three chapters of Ephesians begin with this exhortation: “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord encourage you to walk worthy of the calling to which you were called….” (Eph 4:1). God has called us to live in such a way that our daily living will reflect our spiritual standing as children of God. We are called to walk (live) in accordance to who we are in Christ. And all that we need for this walk has been graciously given to us. Today we get a brief overview of one key element of this provision – spiritual gifts. When a person trusts Christ for salvation, that individual receives a very practical grace gift: special abilities given by God for the purpose of building up the body. The church as a whole also receives grace gifts from God: spiritually gifted individuals to lead and shepherd the people of God in the high and holy calling to “walk worthy” and complete the good works he has called us to do.    

The Calling: “walk worthy”

The Provision: “he gave gifts”

The Goal: “grow up in every way”

Applications for our lives today:

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