verses for this week: 1
John 1:8 If we say that
we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1
John 1:9 If we confess
our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
3, we studied about the mystery concerning how the Gentiles would be
together with the Jews in the church today.
While there was prophecy about the Gentiles being saved in
the latter days, there was no warning about the church coming into
bible contains many mysteries… some we can study and understand,
others that we have to accept on faith.
The Christian’s Worthy Walk of Unity
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye
walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,
forbearing one another in love;
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of
uses an unusual explanation in his walk with the Lord when he says
he is a prisoner of the Lord.
What is so strange about this is that only when we are
totally and wholly dedicated to God are we truly free.
But Paul was so determined to serve God that he considered
himself a prisoner to the Lord.
We should all have that type of commitment.
Like the study of the bondservant who had his ear notched
with and awl and agreed to serve his master the rest of his life.
If we are to walk worthy of our calling, we need to know what
we were call to do. And
we are called out to be a special separated people unto Christ.
A peculiar people that this world won’t ever understand
since we are just pilgrims passing through this land waiting for our
ultimate home in heaven.
gives us some instructions on how we need to walk as Christians.
We are to walk worthy
Walk with all lowliness
Walk with meekness
Walk with longsuffering
Walk in love
Walk in the Spirit
Walk in peace
can make lists of how we should do things, but to do all of these
takes dedication and consecration.
II. The Sevenfold Unity of Faith
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in
one hope of your calling;
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all,
and in you all.
one body of course is the local New Testament Church. If there is anything the church needs in order to be
effective, it is to have the Lord in our presence and to believe the
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me,
and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye
can do nothing.
1 Corinthians 1:10
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no
divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the
same mind and in the same judgment.
are seven major doctrines mentioned in these verses that we should
all be in agreement about.
There is one body… the Local New Testament Church… it is
local and visible.
It is worthy of mentioning there there truly is no universal
invisible church. All
those who are saved make up the family of God.
The baptized believers in the church make up the local body.
There is one spirit... The Holy Spirit is the only true
There is one hope… Through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
One Lord… Jesus
Christ (co-equal with the Father and Holy Spirit)
One faith… this
the one system of teaching.
You’ve heard people say that you are of one faith and I am
of another faith. According
to the word of God, there is only one true faith.
Jude 3 Beloved,
when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation,
it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye
should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto
Romans 10:8 But
what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy
heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach
the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke,
exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
One baptism… immersion by water after we are saved
One God… The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
III. The Ministry Gifts to His Body, the Church
4:7 But unto every one
of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
the ministry gifts of Christ to His body, there is a truth that many
members fail to see. God
gave gifts unto men and these are given according to the measure of
the gift of Christ. Some
teach that at regeneration, every believer is given the gift of the
Holy Spirit and also a gift of the Spirit to use in the service of
the Lord. I believe
this is a true teaching. Do
you know of any child of God that has not some special gift they can
use in the work of the Lord? You
may have the gift of encouragement, or perhaps you can teach.
Others can sing or exhort the church in some other manner.
Whatever these special gifts are, we should all use them for
the honor and glory of the Lord. Have you sought out that special gift God has given you?
We should all seek those special gifts and use them.
Cor 14:1 Follow after
charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may
Cor 14:12 Even so ye,
forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may
excel to the edifying of the church.
Vernon McGee had this to say about spiritual gifts.
has given gifts to believers, as we see in Romans 12 and again in 1
Corinthians, chapters 12–14. Although believers are to give
diligence to maintain the unity of the Spirit, this does not mean
that each is a carbon copy of the other. Each believer is given a
gift so that he may function in the body of believers in a
particular way. Paul writes, “But the manifestation of the Spirit
is given to every man to profit withal” (1 Cor. 12:7). This means
that a gift is the Spirit of God doing something through the
believer for the purpose of building up the body of believers. It is
for the profit of the whole body of believers. No gift is given to
you to develop you spiritually. A gift is given to you in order that
you might function in the body of believers to benefit and bless the
Many folks say, “Dr. McGee, we do not speak in
tongues in the church. We do it for our private devotions.” I can
say to them categorically from the Word of God that they are wrong.
Gifts are given to profit the church. No gift is to be used
selfishly for personal profit. In fact, it is not a gift if it is
being used that way. A gift is given to every member of the body to
enable him to function for a very definite reason in his position in
Suppose my eyes would tell me that they are sleepy
and will not get up with me. Suppose my legs say they won’t carry
me downstairs to my study. I need both my eyes and my legs, and I
hope my brain cooperates too. In fact, all the members of my body
need to work together, each member doing the job it’s supposed to
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led
captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended
first into the lower parts of the earth?
He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above
all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,
evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
verses speak of how Christ descended to the lowest position among
men -- A carpenters son
to die on Calvary’s Cross.
Being crucified was the lowest and perhaps the most vile way
of death. Cursed is
everyone hung from a tree.
3:13 Christ hath
redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us:
for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Hebrews 2:9 But we
see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the
suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the
grace of God should taste death for every man.
are told that he ascended far above all heavens. This speaks of him taking His seat at the right hand of
God to never die again. The
lower parts of the earth do
not teach that Christ went into Hell to pay our debt for our sins.
He paid the debt when he shed His blood and died on the
cross. Verse 11 speaks
of some of the special gifts God gave in the church including
apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.
The Purpose of the Ministry Gifts
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the
ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the
knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of
the stature of the fulness of Christ:
spiritual gifts mentioned in verse 11 were given for a threefold
purpose. They were for
the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, and for
the edifying of the church. We
see in verse 13 that this perfecting of the saints is to continue
until Christ returns. On the day of resurrection, many things will change.
Most of all we will be taken out of this world and given a
glorified body like unto that of the Lord Jesus Christ.
3:20 For our
conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour,
the Lord Jesus Christ:
3:21 Who shall change
our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body,
according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all
things unto himself.
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro,
and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of
men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all
things, which is the head, even Christ:
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.
desire is that every child of God be firmly established in His Word,
and not be tossed about by every wind of doctrine.
You see many young Christians (not necessarily in age but in
maturity) moving from one church to another as they hear of some new
doctrinal teaching that sounds good to them.
Most of the time, they have not seriously studied the topic
nor prayed for God’s guidance in understanding the teaching.
We all should be firmly set and understand the doctrines in
the bible. God’s
desire is that we totally understand ALL of the Word and rightly
divide it that men can not deceive us with the cunning craftiness.
And believe me, there are as many if not more false teachers
out in the world as there are men teaching the truth.
Tim 2:15 Study to show
thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.
John 4:1 Beloved,
believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of
God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
John 4:2 Hereby know ye
the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is
come in the flesh is of God:
John 4:3 And every
spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is
not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have
heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
are to speak the truth and grow up in all phases and teachings of
the Word of God. We
need to be mature Christians, not babes in the Word.
The body which is the Church should be fitly joined together.
The Walk of the Believer as A New Man in Christ
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye
henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the
life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the
blindness of their heart:
Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto
lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
But ye have not so learned Christ;
was common teaching to use the Gentiles as connotation towards
living like the world since the Jews and Gentiles had earlier had no
dealings one with another prior to them now being saved and added
into the church. Our
conduct should definitely be different than that of the world.
Colossians 3:5-6 Mortify
therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication,
uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and
covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things’ sake the
wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him,
as the truth is in Jesus:
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old
man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in
righteousness and true holiness.
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his
neighbour: for we are members one of another.
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your
Neither give place to the devil.
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour,
working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to
give to him that needeth.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but
that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister
grace unto the hearers.
is the example that the child of God needs to look to as how he or
she should live. Good
men may seem to be a model of perfection sometimes, but they may
fail us. God will NEVER
1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto
were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an
example, that ye should follow his steps:
a person is saved, he or she becomes a new creature in Christ.
At that time, we are to put away the old man (the fleshly
man) and put on the new man. (the
spiritual man.) The new
man is regenerated. We
know we will still have battles with the flesh since it wars against
the spirit, that is why we are commanded to be “Renewed in the
spirit of your mind.”
12:2 And be not
conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of
your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect, will of God.
The Walk of the Believer as Indwelt by the Spirit
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed
unto the day of redemption.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and
evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
should each day strive to walk in the Spirit of the Lord.
That means having a tender heart and listening for the
guidance that only God can give us through the Holy Spirit.
Paul says to put away bitterness, wrath, anger and all evil
speaking and be people that are kind and gentle.
These things mentioned in verse 31 are things that displease
God. But Verse 32
speaks of things pleasing to our Lord.
He says we should be kind to one another, forgiving one to
the other, and to remember that God forgave us for Christ’s sake.
How can we expect God to forgive us if we have a spirit that
refuses to forgive others who have done us wrong.
7:2 For with what
judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye
mete, it shall be measured to you again.
7:3 And why beholdest
thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the
beam that is in thine own eye?
7:4 Or how wilt thou
say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and,
behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
7:5 Thou hypocrite,
first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou
see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
Believers Study Bible said this about grieving the Holy Spirit.
Because the Holy Spirit is a Person, He may be grieved by the
behavior of Christians. This state is always especially unfortunate
since the Holy Spirit is the One who seals believers “for the day
of redemption.” Some of the actions and attitudes which grieve the
Holy Spirit are noted in 4:25–29, 31; 5:3–6. In these same
verses are also listed attitudes and actions which are pleasing to
the Spirit of God. 
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