Increase in love is one towards ourselves stud the object or objects of our desire and delight at the same time. 13. Sermons. A healthy body has every member contributing to the growth of the whole (4:16). As with the body corporeal, so is it intended to be in the body spiritual. He is the one Who supports and supplies all we need for the proper working of His body. And is not this true of the Church which is the Body of Christ? V. THE CHANNELS OF SUPPLY - "THE JOINTS AND BANDS" -ARE THE WORD AND ORDINANCES. Joseph Johnson. It is one in likeness. Our spiritual "position" in Christ (2,3) 2. He is the Vine and we are individual branches - and He it is Who causes each member of His body to grow in grace, and build itself up in love and respect for one another. "The whole body is fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth." One member is thus apt to teach, another to convince, another to counsel, another to stimulate. Being available and accessible to the LORD 3. All we do should be done to the glory of God. I said this part of Ephesians was practical - but you … When the Word is diminished or compromised, the church will be ane… 5. Its Head is the Lord himself. The members of the body, though various and numerous, are governed by one rational will, hence their unity in operation and subject. This sermon follows the sermon - What do we Owe the World. 1 of 1. Click here to stream or download the sermon audio. II. 49050 Ephesians 4.14-16 (YouTube) Sermon Library - Vernon McGee Oct 8, 2017 - Book of Ephesians by Dr. J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Program -Video Upload powered by (04:06) All gifts and graces should be used to help us grow in the unity of the body.. in faith. "It maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself." These are the notes of a sermon preached by Andy Evans on the morning of the 05 June 2011 at Firwood Church. IV. Why the Saints Minister to the Body. John Piper Sep 17, 1995 51 Shares Sermon. Every joint is to supply something, but every joint is not to supply the same thing. And let us look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.. Who for the joy that was set before Him.. and for love of the Church, endured the cross.. despising the shame, and is seated on the right hand of the Majesty on high.. until that wonderful day when He will come in the clouds of glory to take us to be with Himself for ever - praise His holy name. Although some think that there are five gifts here, most count four, with “pastor-teacher” referring to a single gift. The whole round world has been laid under contribution to make up the body in which you live, move, and have your being. From Him it receives its symmetrical proportion and harmony. Oct 18, 1992. Ephesians 4:16. It has its being and form in him, as well as all its nurture, such as its life and light, grace and joy, strength and fruitfulness; it depends upon the Head for subsistence and for safety; it is united to the Head by a bond that is both close and indissoluble. Not a variety of temperament, not a grade of intellect, not a style of social life but has contributed to the building up of this Body of Christ. 4. 4:25 "Put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body." — what a comfort! (2) Each organ must have its particular and proper work assigned to it. Ephesians 4:16 ESV 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. III. It "maketh increase of the body." I. As a body, the Church is also characterized by a COMPACT ORGANIC UNITY. Ephesians 4:16, NLT: "He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. II. May we grow together in Him, and build each other up in the unity of the faith - this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN. 1. I. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. It is, in a sense, its own saviour or destroyer. "Love." Others may be graced with the gift of giving or helps. The Church is the eyes of Christ (Matthew 9:36). The body stands related, some way or other, to all the things of earth. This unity is a unity of Life and Spirit. Social life teaches the same doctrine. Our spiritual "possessions" in Christ (1) b. It is time long ago that men understood and recognized this truth. The Church is a unit body. How restless were those feet (Matthew 9:35). Unity of likeness and variety of work are the two things which demand and consume the service of the one and the whole. John Piper Indeed, for that last twelvemonth of His life on earth it may be said that Palestine saw little else. From Him it receives its beauty and attraction. - T.C. I. THE ELEMENT OR SPHERE IN WHICH THE GROWTH OF THE BODY IS EFFECTED. The English Standard Version translates verse 16 just a bit differently than the NIV and it brings out a possible connection with verse 12. (7) It is requisite that there should be life underlying the whole. He talks about the great diversity within the Body of Christ, and the spiritual gifts and graces that each believer receives.. according to the measure of faith that God has dealt to each one. 2. ALL are called to grow in grace and in a knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and all are called to speak the truth of the glorious gospel of grace, in love, to one another. Oct 25, 1992. Scripture: Ephesians 4:7–16. Paul explains.. that the purpose of God's gifts and graces, is that they are to benefit the whole Body of Christ. As the Church is a spiritual body, so the characteristics of the natural body are found in it. THE RESULT OF GROWTH. Every member of this Body of Christ must be ready, willing, anxious to do what Jesus would do in his, in her place. All the works of this world depend upon the fitness of the members of the human body to do them; so that if these were to fail, all would stop. "BUT SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE." If you've never received the gift, and you try to … A noble head gives beauty and nobility to the whole. 1. ALL THE PARTS IN THE ORGANIZATION OF THE BODY ABE SUBORDINATE, AND INTENDED FOR THE INCREASE OF THE WHOLE. faith. It runs down through time and eternity; it pervades the universe of rational and responsible existence. Greek: aletheuontes de en agape auxesomen (1PAAS) eis auton ta panta, os estin e kephale, Ch ristos. November 8, 1993 . Ephesians 4:16. These two ordinances are, indeed, the two appointed symbols of the Church's unity - baptism representing the first action of the Holy Spirit in fitting the members for the body; the Lord's Supper, the drinking into one Spirit, who makes the table a visible center of union to these brought out of the world. It is one in relation. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Learn more Start my trial Back . This gives the Church, through all times and places, unity of purpose and character. II. 4:16 "From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." John Piper Oct 18, 1992 44 Shares Sermon. And as each individual part does its work, the body grows and builds itself up in love. To secure the increase of the whole body, the law of the conditions demands that all means should be used, all powers exercised, the spirit one of faith and love, the motive true and unselfish, and the activity constant and unyielding. We have approached it piece by piece. It is a body divinely framed as truly as the natural body, and designed to bring greater glory to God than the body which types it. This is a letter to people who've already received the gift. In the whole vine there is perfect unity of life, and that life is the one vine life. Analogy teaches this. It is one of the chief elements in which we become like God, for He is love. Ephesians 4:16, NASB: "from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love." Each member is in relation with all other members as well as with the Head. The body is not made in one piece, but of different parts. The Church, as one body, POSSESSES VARIOUS PARTS AND FIT ORGANS TO PERFORM ITS WORK AND CONSERVE ITS EXISTENCE. Scripture: Ephesians 4:7–16. Scripture: Ephesians 4:4–16. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy … His greatness becomes that of the Church, by virtue of the relation existing between them. 4. He is not listing all possible gifts, but rather concentrating on leadership gifts. This is seen in the similarity of fruit the vine produces. When our life unites with Divine order, happy results always follow, and never disappoint us. from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. As the one spirit of man wields at will all the functions of the body, and concentrates the various members upon its purposes as they arise, so the Holy Spirit gives each member of the mystic body its peculiar action and power in the divinely appointed diversity which contributes to its eventual unity. Just as a man is strong in the faculty which he most exercises, so the member who is strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus becomes individually efficient according to the operation of that grace. Sympathy in the members of the body is expressed by mutual cooperation and assistance, by subordination to and respect for one another, and constant assisting and forbearing with one another. All are to grow up into Christ, Who is the Head of the Body, of which we are all members. Its magnitude and universality are received from the Head. As He is made by God the representative Head, He is made its light and life. Exercise is the soul of power; it is both the condition of health and usefulness. Verses 1-16 (especially verse 1) set the tone for the rest of this letter. The head, the heart, and the hand of all have work, and that as much for their own sake as that of others; and all this diversity and force are for the needful and common service of the whole. The Church is One Body of Different Parts, The Church, Christ's Body, a Growing Body, The True Method and Conditions of Christian Growth, The True Method And Conditions Of Christian Growth, The Church is one body of different parts, The Church, Christ's Body, a growing body. But observe now, that the members of Christ are not only dependent on Christ, BUT THEY ARE DEPENDENT UPON EACH OTHER. 1. There must be a hearty conviction that BECAUSE WE CAN THEREFORE WE OUGHT TO DO SO. All have their work. III. We look first at the head; we form our opinion of the whole from the character of the head. Little did they dream that the withdrawal of this body only made way for another a thousand times more visible. Harmony of what is said, Ephesians 4:15, for all individuals, with the objective relation of Christ to the whole as the organism growing by way of unity out of Christ. In its spiritual constitution it is a body of various elements, for the performance of high and gracious designs. The church is not a one-man-ministry. Extremes are intended to meet, and do meet, in harmony here. IV. 3. There could be no art without the mind and the senses; neither would there be commerce, building of houses, cultivation of the field, or any other work of any kind whatever. It is not asserted that we are to grow in love, but that in love, as the sphere of growth, we are to grow in all the elements of perfection. (4) It is expected that there is a common sympathy between all the members of the body. From Him it receives light and life. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Ephesians 4:1-16 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In chapters 1-3, Paul outlined the blessings associated with being a child of God. And now consider THE GREAT OBJECT AND END, FOR WHICH ALL THIS TAKES PLACE. Should the thought arise that the Church as a whole includes vast numbers of members who are not visible — that here and there in the world are members of the Body of whom the world knows nothing — we answer, Yes, and only part of the human body is visible. The symmetry of the Church is the harmony of all its parts with themselves, with the Divine economy of the universe, and with itself, in all times and places. Sermons on Ephesians James Rosscup on Dr Lloyd-Jones' book based on these sermons - These are sermons by the reputed evangelical preacher of London’s Westminster Chapel, who died in 1981. I. As love is the refining power of the soul, to increase in it is to advance in all that is morally pure and beautiful. Every part has something vital to contribute. II. The Head is above all human reach; and, in connection with its Head, the body will triumph over all foes and opposition. II. The Church stands related to its source and Head, to Divine order, to all intelligent beings, to itself and all belonging to its laws and blessings, to this world and the next. (3) It is required that they are all regularly and faithfully exercised. Its laws and resources are from Him. Learn more. In chapters 4-6, he outlines the responsibilities associated with that status. While there may be cases of an instant conversion, there is no such thing as an instant Christian. Comp. Why the Saints Minister to the Body. We do not see the lungs and the heart and the nerves and the blood, and yet the body is visible, and so is the Church, which is the Body of Christ. Tabor in its bold isolation, Hermon with his glittering crown of snow, even Jerusalem itself, was hardly so obtrusively visible as this great, strange personage. Colossians 2:19. Love —. How the Saints Minister to the Body. Put off the Old Self [Sermon Notes] Ephesians Eph 4:16-24 Recap - we are called to live to be worthy of the calling we have received We are called to be like Christ - to be mature. Ephesians 6:23-24 ... Speaker: Wayne Barber Series: Ephesians Passage: Ephesians 4:16. 4. The body has relations and duties to things besides itself. 9/6/16 Sermon @ the Morning Glory COGIC by Supt. We are to speak the truth in love. This makes sense considering the context and structure of the book of Ephesians. I. VII. For three chapters, Paul has dealt with "doctrine" in which he has described both: a. Luke 4:16-21 (Dr. J. Vernon McGee) European Update [1990s] (Chuck Missler) ... Ephesians ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources. Oct 18, 1992. ALL CHRISTIANS HAVE NOT THE SAME WORK TO DO. The Head lives for the body. It is a conditional increase, produced by the use of means. Listen; Downloads Sermon Audio; The Responsibility of Every Believer (Eph. 1. Ephesians 4:16: The Church Edifying Itself in Love: N. Vincent, M. A. Ephesians 4:16: The Church is One Body of Different Parts: T. Hughes. John Piper Oct 18, 1992 44 Shares Sermon. The Church, as a body of parts, IS DEPENDENT UPON ITS REPRESENTATIVE HEAD FOR ITS ORDER AND RESOURCES. A Christian that does no Christian work, is an anomaly. As life and light are elements in importance and value above all others, so is Christ to the Church. The body has to serve itself before it can be useful to others. He discussed the unity of the saints, and the importance of thinking of others as better than ourselves. Ephesians 4:16: The Growth of the Body: J. Eadie, D. D. Ephesians 4:16: The Vitality and Development of the Body: J. Eadie, D. D. Ephesians 4:16: Exhortation That is, "the whole body" in its parts "maketh increase of the body" as a whole. The members of the body are intended to perform the required functions for the service of the body itself. THE AGENT OF ITS GROWTH - THE HOLY SPIRIT. Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. Heavenly Father, thank You that I am part of Christ's body and thank You that we are united together in Him. They suppose that Christ is a purely historic Christ, while in fact He is a contemporary Christ. They fancy that the Body of the great Nazarene Reformer is gone forever from sight and time; while, in fact, the Church is His Body now visible to the eyes of millions. 1. I see the branch dependent upon its stem, as the stem is dependent upon its root; but I see little branches dependent upon the other branches, and still smaller fibres dependent upon the smallest branches. From whom the whole body, fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. Praying through Ephesians 4:16 . III. Scripture: Ephesians 4:4–16. We cannot, if we would, do without one another. 2. A. Some members of the Body of Christ are equipped for evangelism or teaching. EPHESIANS 4:1-3. 3. No member can dismiss another as useless; none is so great as not to be indebted to the least. God gives increase according to law and order; and when these things are united, never does it fail. 1. In this second section of the epistle to the Ephesians which begins with chapter 4 Paul begins to discuss the walk of KJV NKJV NLT NIV ESV CSB NASB ... Luke 4:16-21 (Dr. J. Vernon McGee) European Update [1990s] (Chuck Missler) ... Sermon Notes for Ephesians 4:15 ← Prior Section. (1) It is needful that these organs should be in their proper position. Ephesians 4:16 New King James Version (NKJV) 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. From whom the whole body, fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. Also, each of these leadership gifts centers on the Word of God, showing that the Word is foundational to a mature church. Paul lays out a clear picture of the make-up and function of the Body of Christ in his epistle to the Ephesians. What a thought! Thank You for the unity we have in Christ and for the diversity of people that have been saved by grace through faith in Christ. How the Saints Minister to the Body. The Church is one body of different parts. Ephesians 4:16. Its oneness is not in its feet, but in its Head. It is the sweet element of happiness, and he who grows in it increases in the thing all wish and all seek. Sermons on Ephesians 3. For "by one Spirit were we all baptized into one body" (1 Corinthians 12:12). III. ALL however, are part of the whole. The first dimension is unity. And louder, gladder doxology never rolled up from earth to heaven than that of the whole orchestra of priests, Levites, scribes, and Pharisees, Sanhedrim, and synagogue when the body of Jesus disappeared from human view. THE SOURCE OF ITS GROWTH - CHRIST THE HEAD. Each is dependent upon the other. There is neither limit nor end prescribed to it. Between these there is unity, and yet there is elasticity, so that everyone can play its own part without inconvenience to itself or encumbrance to its neighbour. "God has tempered the body together." The constituents of a human body are very numerous, very various; and these constituents find their way to the body from every quarter of the globe. On the same vine you do not find here the Malaga grape, there the Catawba, and here the Isabella; but on every branch the same fruit; for they are all the product of one life. As a body, the Church consists of a great VARIETY OF COMPONENT PARTS. Read verse in King James Version The Head is never out of sight; it is visible to all from all its members. THE FACT THAT THE MORE LOVE ABOUNDS, THE MORE WILL IT BE EDIFIED. Ephesians 4:16 (NIV) 16 From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Whatever is lofty, pure, noble in the conception of the Church, in the conceptions of the believer, is due to the Spirit of Christ acting through the mind of the Church. It depends on the intimate union of all the parts of the body with the head, by means of appropriate bands. "THE EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS" Walking Together In Unity (4:1-16) INTRODUCTION 1. The strongest must sympathize with the weak. A deformed head would destroy every possible beauty and attraction of the whole body. EPHESIANS 4:1-16, PART 3 – GROW. It is a body "fitly framed together," etc. Scripture: Ephesians 4:7–16. Ephesians 4:1–16 It is not one clumsy mechanical piece, without either parts or joints, but a body of numerous organs for the accomplishment of different services. Heavenly Father, thank You that I am part of Christ's body and thank You that we are united together in Him. Power, you know, is a talent down to its uttermost limit, and as long as there is something which "every joint" can supply, alas for that joint's health and life, if it fails of its function. And today the Church, His Body, is going about "all the cities and villages," etc. And the Church is the hands of Jesus. Wayne reviews the benefits and responsibilities of God's family.Ephesians 3:14-4:16 The Review of What a Spirit-Filled Believer is Like Do you realize that 3:16 through 4:16 is one of the most beautiful passages of Scripture on the Christian life in the whole New Testament? Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Ephesians 4:15 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources. 4. Only one will governing all, through all time and in all places, and that the one and the whole! The exaltation of the Head will be that of the body also. Oct 25, 1992. Scripture: Ephesians 4:7–16. He is the One Who equips us for service and fits us together as He chooses, in order to fulfil His plans and purposes in His perfect way. In order that these various elements may have mediums of expression to reach their intended and fit end, there must be a befitting organization of parts and suitable quality. 3. These are relations of privilege and responsibility, of honour and duty. As a body the Church possesses VISIBILITY. We Owe the Church 1. It is an indefinite increase. One member of this Body dwells among Greenland's icy mountains, another on India's coral strand; one wears the black skin of the African, another the red skin of the American Indian; one the yellow skin of the Chinese, and another the tawny skin of the Malay; another still the white skin of the Caucasian; but all alike are members of the Body of Christ. Each must do its own proper work, according to its position. Verse 16 goes full circle back to verse 7, where Paul emphasized that each of us has been given a gracious spiritual gift to use in service to one another. Love to God and love to man are the great moral laws which remain in the Church forever, without declension or change, because they are essential to the relations of moral beings, and the moral universe could not exist without them. Gifts and graces are given, so that all believers may be doctrinally sound and practically equipped, for the work that God has prepared for each one to do. They never for a moment questioned that this was the "end all" of the whole perplexity. from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. In its outward form the Church may appear mean and unattractive in some of its members, but the Head makes up for the whole. THERE IS AN INDIVIDUAL ACTION OF EACH MEMBER, "According to the effectual working in the measure of every part." Nature is not receptive only: nature is a bountiful giver; rendering back again, thirty, sixty, and a hundred fold, that which man entrusts to her keeping. II. Where the Head is, the Church is represented. The Church, as the product of one mind, carries the same Divine image everywhere, both in its laws and members. It is to be according to "the measure of every part." Ephesians 4:16 Treasury of Scripture Knowing, His Cry Of Grace (Easter Reflections - (7). Ephesians 4:16 NLT - He makes the whole body fit together - Bible Gateway. It is to be a general and complete increase of the whole body. This three-fold symmetry it receives from its glorious Head, who is one and unchangeable. The Church is the feet of Jesus. VI. 6. Ephesians 4:15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, (NASB: Lockman). The soil and quality of the increase is love. They are to equip one another for the ministry, or service, that each has been called by God to fulfil. How blessed the relation of membership in this Body of Christ, His work employing our thought, our eyes, our hands, our feet, our lips!This being so, two consequences follow. III. Such is the vast importance of the members of this small body, that all in life and society depend upon their order and efficiency. Look at a tree; is it not so? 2. Let us be thankful for our great salvation and may we be willing to fulfil our own unique role in Christ's Body - in the place where He has planted us. 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