Mature the Body of Christ
Delivered By
Pastor John
Delivered On
June 6, 2013
Central Passage
Ephesians 4:7-16
Subject
Mature the Body of Christ
Description

MATURE THE BODY OF CHRIST BY RECOGNIZING THE GIFTS.

First of all, Paul reveals to us in Ephesians 4:7-8, which states, “7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.  8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”’ Paul informs us in verse seven that Christ has given us the gift of “grace”.  While grace is the gift above all the rest of the Spiritual Gifts, it is not a functional gift that can be used in the service of our Lord. Then what is this gift of “grace” that God has given us?  The word “grace”, in accordance to Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, is from the Greek word (chairo) and it has the following meaning: “graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude) :- acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).”[1]  Paul explains the purpose of grace more explicitly in Ephesians 2:8-9, “8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Thank God that we do not have to work for gift of grace.  Our heavenly Father provided the last sacrifice for our salvation.   John 3:16 tells us that For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  God manifested upon us mercy and favor so we will not perish.  So, the gift of grace was provided to us by God allowing His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

[1] Strong’s Greek & Hebrew Dictionary, “My Bible Study,” http://www.mystudybible.com/? Redeem &referrer=http%3a%2f%2 fmsb.to%2fredeem (access on June 01, 2013).

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