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Ephesians 4

Jerry Zhang
Jerry Zhang

1 min read

One Body

Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call–one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

One body: We are all one body in Christ, not divisive over our disagreements and arguments.

One Spirit: The Holy Spirit that we all rely upon as believers is the same for everyone.

One hope: We all believe in the hope that while this world is meaningless, that there is Christ's kingdom that is not of this world, that once we pass from this world, we can go home to heaven and be with the Lord.

One Lord: We all worship and glorify the one true king of kings and lord of lords.

One faith: We all share the same faith that while we were sinners, Jesus died for us to reconcile those who believe with God.

One baptism: We all declare that same faith publicly.

One God and Father: I love the ending phrase "who is over all and through all and in all". Not only is there beauty in grammatic parallelism, but it's poetic too. Language appreciation aside, we all worship our one God and Father.

New Life

Ephesians 4:17-18

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

It is impossible to come to Christ and remain the same. That's like saying you are light and darkness at the same time. It's inherently contradictory.

When we come to Christ, we must put off our old selves, die to our past. Let the Spirit renew us and give us new life.

Those who have not come to Christ are alienated from God and can only live in ignorance. At that point, the best solution you have in life is to remain positive in a fallen world. They can only live in the futility of their minds.

But with Christ, we have a new hope–one that is unseen and one that is not of this world.o


Jerry Zhang

Programmer, YouTuber, and amateur musician. I like to write too!