Exegetical Paper

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“Unity in the Body of Christ”

An Exegetical Paper on Ephesians 4:1-6

Main Idea and Outline
Ephesians 4: 1-6 Paul urges the church in Ephesus to live according to what God has called them to and to keep the unity of the Spirit. I. Paul reminds the church that they should live in unity according to God’s calling (4:1-3) A. Live a life worthy of the calling you have received (v.1) B. Be humble, gentle, patient, and love everyone (v.2) C. Keep the unity of the Spirit through peace (v. 3) II. Paul explains that unity comes from spiritual oneness (4:4-6) A. There is only one body and one spirit (v.4) B. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism (v.5) C. There is one God and
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The effect is how we live our lives to glorify God for saving us and making us new (Duvall 71).
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Paul reminds the church that they should live in unity according to God’s calling (4:1-3)
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Paul begins his statement in 4:1 to the Ephesians by stating his imprisonment (As a prisoner for the Lord) before saying anything else. It seems as though Paul is saying this to show that he is literally living and dying for the sake of Jesus Christ and that he knows what they as believers are going through. He may be saying this as a form of encouragement to the church in Ephesus because he is physically in prison, but he is still doing everything he can to glorify God and make Jesus Christ known. Paul could have been using a double meaning or figure of speech when he wrote this because he was both “a prisoner of Christ and a prisoner for Christ, both bound to him by the chains of love and in custody out of loyalty to his gospel” (Stott 146). Then Paul exhorts the believers in Ephesus to live according to what God has commanded them at salvation. We should notice that he uses past tense when he writes the calling you have received. This is to emphasize that he is not referring to each
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