In Ephesians 4:11-13 Paul tells
why Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers are given to the
Church. The purpose of their ministry is to bring the Church into spiritual
maturity, unto the measure of the stature
of the fullness of Christ. Then in verses 15 and 16 he lays a similar
responsibility upon the members of the Church. Every member must be a supplier
of love unto the edifying of itself in
love. For this reason he then says, This
I say, therefore….
Ephesians 4:17This I say
therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you henceforth walk not as other
Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind.
The Church Paul is speaking to is
a Gentile Church. They are not, however, to walk as other Gentiles in the
vanity of their minds. Normal human living is a Gentile walk. Their behavior is
a product of the vanity of their mind. ...more
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