2. Paul explains.. that the purpose of God's gifts and graces, is that they are to benefit the whole Body of Christ. I. Heavenly Father, thank You that I am part of Christ's body and thank You that we are united together in Him. This sermon follows the sermon - What do we Owe the World. 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. As love is the refining power of the soul, to increase in it is to advance in all that is morally pure and beautiful. There are some that speak the truth, but there is not much love. 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. Thank You that we are all one in Him and are being fitted and held together, as we live and work according to Your plans and purposes. John Piper Oct 18, 1992 44 Shares Sermon. The right use of its own functions and resources is its salvation; the rejection of this is its sure death and decay. 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. The exaltation of the Head will be that of the body also. 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) The body is not made in one piece, but of different parts. Harmony of parts in a machine, of members in the human body, of functions in society, of powers in the mind, and of graces in the soul, are analogous one to another, and are equally necessary for happy working and successful results. There are some powers given for its protection, there are others for its growth and vigour; there are others for its comfort and happiness, and others, again, intended for its beauty and attraction. Its oneness is not in its feet, but in its Head. As a body, the Church consists of a great VARIETY OF COMPONENT PARTS. THE RESULT OF GROWTH. Look at a tree; is it not so? The Church is a unit body. THE RELATION OF THE MEMBERS TO EACH OTHER. 1. 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. 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. Ephesians 4:16. 2. Read verse in King James Version It "maketh increase of the body." His greatness becomes that of the Church, by virtue of the relation existing between them. (6) All are governed by one will and intelligence. Ephesians 4:16: The Church, Christ's Body, a Growing Body: Dr. Hodge. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. It is not one clumsy mechanical piece, without either parts or joints, but a body of numerous organs for the accomplishment of different services. It is intended to mould the human family into the Divine likeness. Whether the service we do for the Lord is open and visible to others, or whether we work quietly behind the scenes.. Christ is the Head of the Body and we are all members together. The church is not a one-man-ministry. 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. 1. May we grow together in Him, and build each other up in the unity of the faith - this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN. For "by one Spirit were we all baptized into one body" (1 Corinthians 12:12). 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. 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. 1. Where the Head is, the Church is represented. Ephesians Back to Sermon Archive Ephesians. Ephesians 4:16, NLT: "He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. Every member of this Body of Christ must be ready, willing, anxious to do what Jesus would do in his, in her place. The Head is never out of sight; it is visible to all from all its members. III. 4. Social life teaches the same doctrine. When the Word is diminished or compromised, the church will be ane… When our life unites with Divine order, happy results always follow, and never disappoint us. 1. 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. 7. (5) The body must have elasticity, to act with ease, comfort, and effect. Oct 25, 1992. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. 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. The Church is the eyes of Christ (Matthew 9:36). Some members of the Body of Christ are equipped for evangelism or teaching. It is to be according to "the measure of every part." THE FACT THAT THE MORE LOVE ABOUNDS, THE MORE WILL IT BE EDIFIED. The Word of God is the grand means, in connection with baptism and the Lord's Supper. He is the causal source from which all life and power is derived. II. In that Body we find the learned professor, and by his side the child of illiteracy; the scientist discoursing of the plants, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that groweth out of the wall, of beasts, birds, and fishes, of meteors and stars, of Orion and Pleiades, and by his side one who hardly knows that the earth is round, and is right sure of very little else than that he is a poor lost sinner, and that Christ died to save him. 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. "BUT SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE." But Jesus said, "I am the vine," etc. The English Standard Version translates verse 16 just a bit differently than the NIV and it brings out a possible connection with verse 12. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. I. To build up the body of Christ. Being available and accessible to the LORD 3. faith. The body has relations and duties to things besides itself. The Church, as the product of one mind, carries the same Divine image everywhere, both in its laws and members. As He is made by God the representative Head, He is made its light and life. Others may be graced with the gift of giving or helps. The whole round world has been laid under contribution to make up the body in which you live, move, and have your being. 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. But observe now, that the members of Christ are not only dependent on Christ, BUT THEY ARE DEPENDENT UPON EACH OTHER. 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. Scripture: Ephesians 4:7–16. 3. Sermons. Scripture: Ephesians 4:7–16. 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. Sermons on Ephesians 3. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy … It is, in a sense, its own saviour or destroyer. In its outward form the Church may appear mean and unattractive in some of its members, but the Head makes up for the whole. November 8, 1993 . 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." In the whole vine there is perfect unity of life, and that life is the one vine life. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. EPHESIANS 4:1-16, PART 3 – GROW. II. A healthy body has every member contributing to the growth of the whole (4:16). How the Saints Minister to the Body. This gives the Church, through all times and places, unity of purpose and character. Ephesians 3:1-6 – Sacred Secrets; Ephesians 3:7-13 – The Mystery Ministry; Ephesians 3:14-17 – Praying Powerful Prayers; Ephesians 3:18-21 – Praying for the Impossible; Sermons on Ephesians 4. It is one in relation. To have a perfect body, all these must do their own work, and cooperate for a common end; and to have a healthy and happy Church, all its functions must be active in doing their own work, and united together for one holy and high end. From Him it receives its oneness. Oct 18, 1992. Greek: aletheuontes de en agape auxesomen (1PAAS) eis auton ta panta, os estin e kephale, Ch ristos. We Owe the Church 1. II. A Christian that does no Christian work, is an anomaly. 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." Heavenly Father, thank You that I am part of Christ's body and thank You that we are united together in Him. This is seen in the similarity of fruit the vine produces. In Ephesians 4:4-16, we are given the hallmarks as to what a church is. 2. Scripture: Ephesians 4:7–16. 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. For three chapters, Paul has dealt with "doctrine" in which he has described both: a. John Piper Sep 17, 1995 51 Shares Sermon. 6. 4. 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. II. The Church is the feet of Jesus. 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. The Church is the Body of Christ — it is His head, His brain — an organ of thought to Him. Ephesians 4:16. That love which follows the things which make for peace and edification, and bears the infirmities of others, has peculiar faculties for edifying the body of Christ. Praying through Ephesians 4:16 . For about thirty-three years, more or less, God manifest in the flesh was visible to the eyes of the world. "It maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself." John Piper Sep 17, 1995 51 Shares Sermon. Comp. A. One member is thus apt to teach, another to convince, another to counsel, another to stimulate. Scripture: Ephesians 4:7–16. 1. 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. It is the sweet element of happiness, and he who grows in it increases in the thing all wish and all seek. 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. 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. 4. What Does Ephesians 4:16 Mean? "God has tempered the body together." 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. How restless were those feet (Matthew 9:35). Every joint is to supply something, but every joint is not to supply the same thing. 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. The unity of the Church consists in its design and service. Ephesians 4:13 continues from verses 11-12, which inform us that the Foremen equip the Crew to serve in the church until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God. 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. 3. 4:25 "Put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body." 2. I. John Piper Oct 18, 1992 44 Shares Sermon. It is time long ago that men understood and recognized this truth. 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. Why the Saints Minister to the Body. 4. THE ENDEAVOURS IT SHOULD MAKE FOR ITS OWN EDIFYING. Verses 1-16 (especially verse 1) set the tone for the rest of this letter. VI. A deformed head would destroy every possible beauty and attraction of the whole body. Scripture: Ephesians 4:4–16. Ephesians 3 Ephesians 5 ... Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. Each member is in relation with all other members as well as with the Head. How the Saints Minister to the Body. The strongest must sympathize with the weak. If any leaf on the vine can say "such a life dwells in me," every other leaf can say the same. 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. They never for a moment questioned that this was the "end all" of the whole perplexity. THERE IS AN INDIVIDUAL ACTION OF EACH MEMBER, "According to the effectual working in the measure of every part." (2) Each organ must have its particular and proper work assigned to it. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Ephesians 4:15 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources. The Church is indebted for its hope and high destiny to its Head. In chapters 4-6, he outlines the responsibilities associated with that status. This unity is a unity of Life and Spirit. 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. (7) It is requisite that there should be life underlying the whole. Ephesians 4:16 NLT - He makes the whole body fit together - Bible Gateway. 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. Click here to stream or download the sermon audio. 3. One Last Look! ALL THE PARTS IN THE ORGANIZATION OF THE BODY ABE SUBORDINATE, AND INTENDED FOR THE INCREASE OF THE WHOLE. 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. While the lists in Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 focus on the gifts, here Paul’s emphasis is on the gifted men. We have approached it piece by piece. We cannot, if we would, do without one another. In a vine, however large, the same life is in every leaf and every branch, every tendril and every grape. Oct 18, 1992. Analogy teaches this. There must be a hearty conviction that BECAUSE WE CAN THEREFORE WE OUGHT TO DO SO. It is an indefinite increase. It is one of the chief elements in which we become like God, for He is love. 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? III. 9/6/16 Sermon @ the Morning Glory COGIC by Supt. Although some think that there are five gifts here, most count four, with “pastor-teacher” referring to a single gift. Scripture: Ephesians 4:4–16. II. I. And the Church is the hands of Jesus. The Church is one body of different parts. Its magnitude and universality are received from the Head. Joseph Johnson. Ephesians 4:16 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 … No member of this Body must do anything that Jesus would not have done when He was on the earth. In order to have a well-developed and equally proportionate Church, all means must be used, all functions must be exercised; thus every part is developed, so that it becomes a true counterpart of real existence, and fit for all intended for it, and demanded of it. (4) It is expected that there is a common sympathy between all the members of the body. As a body, the Church is also characterized by a COMPACT ORGANIC UNITY. III. From Him it receives its symmetrical proportion and harmony. Verses 4-6: "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism. Unity of likeness and variety of work are the two things which demand and consume the service of the one and the whole. It runs down through time and eternity; it pervades the universe of rational and responsible existence. Ephesians 4:1–16 And let us look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.. 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