Ephesians 4:1-2 A Worthy Walk

… walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering …

Having seen how a proper understanding of theology and Christian doctrine leads to our desire to live a holy and obedient life, we come now to consider the character of that new life we are to live. Paul sums it up with one exhortation: walk worthy of the calling with which you were called. While speaking in terms of being worthy of the Gospel, Paul is not here suggesting that anyone may merit the grace of God. In this context, worthy means fitting or appropriate. The exhortation to walk worthily is one which exhorts us to walk in a manner keeping with our new nature and family name. Our lives are to be a physical display, a practical expression of the reality of God’s power in us.

Walk” is a word characteristic of the second half or the book of Ephesians. It is used in the Bible to describe the course of one’s life. In Genesis, for example, it is said that Enoch, walked with God. The apostle John reminds us that we are to walk even as Jesus walked (1 Jn 2:6). To walk worthy of the calling with which you were called means to live in a manner that is consistent with the great revealed doctrinal truths associated with our calling in Christ. It is an exhortation to holiness, to service, and to sonship.

Exactly how this worthy walk is manifested is going to be the subject of the remainder of the epistle, but Paul’s immediate concern here is for the unity of the church. A central element of our new life in Christ, is the unity of our relationship with one another in the body of Christ. In verses 4-6 of Ephesians 4, Paul will emphasize the importance of our being one body in unity. Toward this end of unity in the church, he accentuates three qualities which we must exercise in order to attain that unity: lowliness, gentleness, and patience. All three of these qualities are required in order for the church to not only get along, but be unify under the banner of Christ.

Where there is pride in the church, be sure that contention abounds (Prov 13:10); but where there is lowliness and humility, each member seeks to use the gifts he has received for humble service of others and the mutual edification of the church. Where anger and haughtiness exist, people live their lives separately and independently; but where gentleness or meekness and quiet restraint is the rule, there is peace and joy and an atmosphere conducive for true fellowship. Where there is impatience, there is division, as we give up on one another and relationships fall apart; but where patience flourishes, we can bear with one another in love.

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3 thoughts on “Ephesians 4:1-2 A Worthy Walk

  1. As we get alone with GOD, in view of all that we have learned,we realize that we are lacking. We are truly, bankrupt, in view of His holiness. We are not holy, we do not have the love, grace, patients, mercy, compassion, understanding, or empathy, let alone the deep, anguish, and sorrow, that it takes in order to, strip off our garment, gird ourselves with a towel, take basin, and wash the feet of the very ones who would then turn on us, and away. We are totally, dependent upon GOD, for all things that pertain to a life of service to the, “Whosoever will come, drink freely from the Water of Life.” that was written in Revelation. We are trapped into a spiritual prison, and will pay the uttermost farthing, until we forgive as Jesus Christ has forgiven us. I stand corrected, broken, and ashamed. Where do you stand?

  2. Amen sister, apart from Christ we can do nothing! The best of our human efforts accomplish and mean nothing. But by grace I am saved – by Gods gift I am strenghtened in the inner man by the power of His might, clothed in His righteousness I can come to the throne of grace and ask for whatever my Father wills. And I know what He wills by what He tells me in Scripture. So as I ask for the good gifts that He desires to give me, like forgiveness, patience, and love, I receive them as His gracious gifts to me, and employ them for His glory.

  3. I think that when we finally get to the point that we know, without doubt, that “no good thing dwells in me that is in my flesh,” and that only because of the blood of Jesus, we have the rights to access the Father, and upon that merit alone, we come humbly, with boldness to GOD. Unfortunately, it comes through the breaking of the outer man/woman, many quit at this point, and settle down and sit upon their salvation as if it were an it you can get. GOD will not be pleased with such a one, in fact it says His spirit will draw back from such a one. This is a frightening thing when we realize the power of our enemy to trap a child of GOD who is caught unaware. Preachers are telling the flock that it is the personal responsibility of every born again believer to know the word and to apply His word, ignorance will not be an excuse on the day we must give an account to Him. Easy believe-ism is enough religion to appear to be “born again,” but not enough to bear the fruit that remains. Fruit bearing believers have experienced the application of the the crucifixion, death, burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, in their own life. New,willing,confident, obedience is the evidence of the Holy Spirit’s working, and presence within the person who claims to know GOD. Love, faith, hope,joy,patients, long suffering, and peace, on an on going basis cannot be duplicated. This is how we know our brothers and sisters. All others are impostors and through mercy we bid them to come, if they will not we move ahead. Unequal yoke within the Body is what Jesus told us to beware of. Religion is legalism, always, and it is toxic because man can act just like a little moral, god, or “a wolf in sheep’s clothing. ” Now these three abide; Faith, hope, and love, the greatest of these is love….” Now, I finally understand, but even true, spiritual, understanding comes at a very, high, price. Look what it has cost GOD to understand human nature. It cost Him everything and then it cost Him His own body in Christ Jesus, slapped, spat upon, stripped, beaten,tortured, hung on a cross,crucified,beyond recognition; GOD’S grace is freely given, but by no means is GOD’S grace cheap.
    Our entrance into the presence of the Holy of Holiness, we must never forget is paved with blood of Jesus, not gold. The blood of many saints, down through the ages call to us, that we must respect our Sovereign’s Holy, Holy, most Holy, Nature.

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