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  1. Ephesians Chapters 4-6

  2. Unity in the Body Ch. 4 • Responsibilities of the members. (v.1-3)

  3. Unity in the Body Ch. 4 B. God's platform for unity. (4-6)

  4. Unity in the Body Ch. 4 C. Gifts provided for unity. (7-16)

  5. Practical Applications • Do not walk as other Gentiles ( 4:17-19) • In the vanity Of their minds. • Alienated from God through ignorance. • Past feeling. • Given over to lasciviousness.

  6. Practical Applications • Rather you should (4:20-32): • Put off the Old man. • Be renewed in the spirit Of your mind. • Put on the new man. • Put away lying—speak truth. • Be angry and not sin. • Not give place to the devil • Not steal anymore. • Work with your hands in order to have to give to the needy

  7. Practical Applications • Rather you should (4:20-32): • Let no corrupt speech proceed from your mouth. • Not grieve the Holy Spirit. • Put away bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking, and malice. • Be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving.

  8. Practical Applications • Walks contrasted. • I . Walk in love as opposed to lust. (5:l -7) • 2. Walk in light as opposed to darkness. (5:8-14)

  9. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • Chapter Five... • Verses 1-14 - The Church - God’s Righteous Walkers • Chapters 1-3 of this epistle established the central role of the church in heaven’s “mystery” of salvation. • Chapters 4-6 are intended to stress the serious obligations of its members at Ephesus and elsewhere to live their daily lives so as to enhance the world’s appreciation of God’s manifold wisdom shown in the church.

  10. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • Chapter Five... • Verses 1-14 - The Church - God’s Righteous Walkers • Another word prominent in these chapters is “walk.” • Chapter 4 ended with the exhortation for Christians to “put off” bad behaviors and to “put on” practices that are fitting for the “new man.”

  11. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • Chapter Five... Verses 1-14 - The Church - God’s Righteous Walkers • Walk In Love... • Walk in love, because love is a pervasive quality of God’s essence: “God is love” (1John 4:8). • The sacrifice of Christ in the place of sinners otherwise doomed to an eternal death is by far the greatest expression of love ever witnessed in this world. • The Christian’s walk is the expression of his love for God, love that responds to the goodness of God toward him.

  12. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • Chapter Five... • Verses 1-14 - The Church - God’s Righteous Walkers • Walk In Love... • “Walking as the Gentiles walked” was not “fitting for saints”...

  13. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • Chapter Five... • Verses 1-14 - The Church - God’s Righteous Walkers • Walk In Love... • The new man will “put off” all the above-named sins and will fill his heart instead with thanksgiving. • Those who practice such sins as listed above have “no inheritance” in the kingdom of Christ and God.

  14. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • Chapter Five... • Verses 1-14 - The Church - God’s Righteous Walkers • Walk In Love... • We cannot know who might have been trying to deceive the Ephesians into thinking that righteous walking was not crucial to salvation. • No right-thinking Christian would allow himself to be seduced into participating in these evil practices.

  15. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • Chapter Five... • Verses 1-14 - The Church - God’s Righteous Walkers • Walk in Light... • “Light” is truth and righteousness; “darkness” is ignorance, error, and ungodliness. • Christians are “light” in the Lord when they serve Him as “light bearers,” messengers of gospel truth to the lost. • The Holy Spirit was the Revelator of the “light” in which the saints should walk.

  16. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • Chapter Five... • Verses 1-14 - The Church - God’s Righteous Walkers • Walk in Light... • Paul’s contention is that there is no longer any excuse for men to live in the darkness of sin.

  17. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • Chapter Five... • Verses 1-14 - The Church - God’s Righteous Walkers • Walk in Wisdom... • Continuing his theme of “walking worthy of their calling,” Paul urges the disciples to walk “circumspectly” as wise men and not as fools.

  18. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • Chapter Five... • Verses 1-14 - The Church - God’s Righteous Walkers • Walk in Wisdom... • The Christian must walk: • Accurately • Carefully • Looking About • In Wisdom

  19. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • Chapter Five... • Verses 1-14 - The Church - God’s Righteous Walkers • Walk in Wisdom... • The use of opportunity is a key factor in “wise” walking. • The only way men can be wise is to understand God’s will. • The Christian chooses to be “filled with the Spirit,” because conforming to the Spirit’s precepts will “build him up” and strengthen him in the “inner man.”

  20. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • Chapter Five... • Verses 1-14 - The Church - God’s Righteous Walkers • Walk in Wisdom... • Being “filled with the Spirit” always results in good fruit. • A mind filled with thoughts of God • A heart filled with thanksgiving for God’s blessings • A will subjected to God’s will

  21. Practical Applications • Walks contrasted. • 3. Walk in wisdom as opposed to folly. (5:15-21)

  22. 1. We Are Told To Sing • Ephesians 5:19 • Matthew 26:30 • Acts 16:25 • Romans 15:9 • 1 Corinthians 14:15 • Colossians 3:16 • Hebrews 2:12, 13:15 • James 5:13

  23. 2. Instruments Are Not Authorized “Show me where the Bible says, ‘Thou shalt not use instruments?’”

  24. 2. Instruments Are Not Authorized “Where does the Bible say that we can use musical instruments?” “Show me where the Bible says, ‘Thou shalt not use instruments?’”

  25. 2. Instruments Are Not Authorized • Hebrews 7:12-14 - silence of Scripture is prohibitive, not permissive. • Genesis 6:14-16 - gopher wood automatically excluded all other types of wood. • Numbers 19:2 - animal specified by God automatically excluded all other animals. • “Singing” automatically excludes all other types of music.

  26. 3. Answering Arguments In Favor of the Instrument • “I like the use of musical instruments.” • Worship is not about what we like, but about what God wants from us. (John 4:23-24)

  27. 3. Answering Arguments In Favor of the Instrument • “Instruments Help Improve Our Singing.” • No, instruments drown out the singing, and completely change the kind of music that we are offering to God. • We are to make melody in our “heart” (Eph. 5:19), not on a “harp.” • Some who use the instrument are often complimentary of the singing ability of those in the Lord’s church.

  28. 3. Answering Arguments In Favor of the Instrument • “Used Instruments in the Old Testament.” • Such was commanded (2 Chron. 29:25-28). • Law of Moses was fulfilled and taken out of the way when Jesus died (Col. 2:14). • If we go back and keep one part of the Law of Moses, we are obligated to keep all (Gal. 5:3).

  29. 3. Answering Arguments In Favor of the Instrument • “Aren’t There Harps In Heaven?” • Revelation 5:8, 14:2, 15:2 • Revelation is a book of signs and symbols. • Will there really be harps in heaven? • To follow this passage, every person would have to play a harp.

  30. 3. Answering Arguments In Favor of the Instrument • “Doesn’t the Possession of Talents Infer the Use of Those Talents?” • “If one is a good piano player, shouldn’t he play the piano in church to the glory of God?” • What if a woman were a good public speaker? 1 Cor. 14:34-35, 1 Tim. 2:11-12

  31. What is Wrong with Instrumental Musicin Worship?

  32. Does Jesus authorize the use of instrumental music in worship? And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matt. 28:18) God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son… (Heb 1:1-2) Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. (Rom. 3:4) Test all things; hold fast what is good. (1 Thess. 5:21)

  33. Violates the Law of Faith For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Cor. 5:7) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Heb. 11:6) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Rom. 10:17) There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night… (Jn. 3:1-2) Opinion--Why? Faith

  34. We Sing By Faith I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. (1 Cor. 14:15) Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord (Eph. 5:19) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Col. 3:16)

  35. Corrupts the Worship And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus… (Col. 3:17) God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. (Jn. 4:24) Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. (Jn. 17:17) And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (Jn. 8:32) However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth… (Jn. 16:13)

  36. We Worship According to the Truth The baptism of John—where was it from? From heaven or from men? (Matt. 21:25) • Sing (Eph. 5:19) • Pray (1 Cor. 14:15) • Preach (Acts 2:42) • Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7) • Give (1 Cor. 16:1-2) And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. (Matt. 15:9)

  37. We Worship According to the Truth Instrumental Music The baptism of John—where was it from? From heaven or from men? (Matt. 21:25) • Sing (Eph. 5:19) • Pray (1 Cor. 14:15) • Preach (Acts 2:42) • Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7) • Give (1 Cor. 16:1-2) And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. (Matt. 15:9) Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. So fire went out from the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. (Lev. 10:1-2)

  38. Disrupts Unity Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1 Cor. 1:10) He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. (Jn. 12:48) I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. (Jn. 17:20-21) Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph. 4:3) Two Kinds of Music: • Vocal (2) Instrumental • Where is Division Created? • Over what God says or over what He does NOT say?

  39. Justification of Instruments in Worship: Doesn’t Say “Not to use them.” • Elevates the Silence of God to the same level as the Scriptures. • What God Does NOTSay = What God HASSaid! • If Valid Argument: • Pray through Mary (1 Tim. 2:5) • Chocolate Cake on Lord’s Table (Matt. 26:26-28) • Baptize Infants (Mk. 16:15-16) Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. (2 Jn. 9) And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written… (1 Cor. 4:6)

  40. Justification of Instruments in Worship: “They were used in the Old Testament” • Elevates the Law of Moses to the same level as the Law of Christ. (Mk. 9:7) • If Valid Argument: • Burn incense, animal sacrifices (Jas. 2:10) • Infant church membership (Mk. 16:15-16) • Polygamy acceptable (Matt. 19:3-9) • Used in OT By Faith! (Num. 10:1-10) Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the LORD your God. (Num. 10:10) And he stationed the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with stringed instruments, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, of Gad the king’s seer, and of Nathan the prophet; for thus was the commandment of the LORD by His prophets. (2 Chron. 29:25)

  41. Justification of Instruments in Worship: “Its only an Aid in the Worship.” • Not an Aid, but an Additionof another kind of music.

  42. Justification of Instruments in Worship: “They are used in the Home.” • Many things morally right, but religiously wrong: • Washing hands (Mk. 7:3-7) • Washing feet (1 Tim. 5:10) • Calling dad, “father” (Matt. 23:9)

  43. Justification of Instruments in Worship: “Some have talent to play instruments” pianists, And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. (Eph. 4:11-12) • Some have talent to: • Build fine furniture • Cook • Stand on their hands • Yodel

  44. Justification of Instruments in Worship: “They’re found the Book of Revelation.” Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (Rev. 5:8) • Many things in heaven that are not in the church: • Angels (Rev. 5:2) • Altar (Rev. 6:9) • Babies (Matt. 18:3) And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. (Rev. 14:2)

  45. What is Wrong with Instrumental Musicin Worship? There is No Authority in the New Testament for its use!

  46. Practical Applications • Family relationships. • 1. Wives to husbands. (5:22 - 33) • 2. Husbands to wives.

  47. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • Chapter Five... • Verses 22-33 - The Church - God’s Submissive Servants (1) • Husbands and Wives... • Marriage involves a great majority of church members, and it is a relationship in which participants can show to the world a walk either worthy or unworthy of their calling in the Lord. • God gave the woman to her husband as a “helper” to him (Gen. 2:18) and gave him rule over her soon after their sin in Eden (Gen. 3:16).

  48. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • Chapter Five... • Verses 22-33 - The Church - God’s Submissive Servants (1) • Husbands and Wives... • Paul uses his discussion of mutual submission in human relationships as a way to expand his previous lessons about the sanctity of the spiritual bond that exists between Christ and His church.

  49. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • In his “double lesson” Paul makes six important points: • The husband is head over the wife in the human family; • Christ is head over the church in the spiritual family; • The wife must submit to the rule of the husband in the human family in all things; • The church must submit to the rule of Christ over the church in all things;

  50. Ephesians - Christ and the Church • In his “double lesson” Paul makes six important points: • The reason for the church submitting to Christ: He is its Savior; • The reason for wives submitting to husbands: husbands are “saviors” of their wives