Gene Cunningham - June 9, 2003

Ephesians #17

Ephesians #17

Each of us have a part to play in Christ's body (Rom 12:1-7). The only way to "walk worthy" is to play the play God has for us, given at the point of salvation (Eph 4:7). Paul quotes Psa 68:18 in Eph 4:8, changing it to mystery doctrine. Spiritual gifts could only be given after the resurrection. 1Co 12:4-6 characterizes the gifts as having different ministries and effects. Eph 4:9-10 Jesus' ultimate victory is something in which we participate. We've been given only one spiritual gift; we are a steward of it for the benefit of others (1Pe 4:10-11). Two categories of gifts: communication and ministry (Eph 4-11-12). Existence of gifts is evidence of Christ's victory at the cross and resurrection (Joh 16:7-11). Before gifts could be given, the Holy Spirit had to be (Act 2:38). The sovereign will of the Holy Spirit gives the gifts -- we don't pick it (1Co 12:1-31). Recognizing your gift is a matter of spiritual growth and practice in service. The effectiveness of our gift is in proportion to our faith and growth (Rom 12:1-7). Temporary gifts extent in the age of apostles (e.g., apostles and prophets and tongues) have ceased (1Co 13:8-13).

Scripture References: Romans 12:1-7, Ephesians 4:7, Acts 2:38, Romans 12:1-7, John 16:7-11, Ephesians 4:10-11, Ephesians 4:9-10, Ephesians 4:8, Psalms 68:18

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More than any book Ephesians reveals the blessings from God based on our relationship with Jesus Christ by grace through faith. Eph 1:3 is the a key verse. Other key verses by chapter include Eph 2:8 Eph 3:19 Eph 4:1 Eph 5:18 and Eph 6:10-11.

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