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SIH TOTT ICONSIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 4:10

 

“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Grace Of Maturity: Ephesians 4:7-16

 “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.  

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;  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:  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.”

With this devotional, we are beginning the second division of the book of Ephesians.  Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3).  It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of MATURITY (4:7-16).  This is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Gift Of Christ… The Origin Of God’s Gifts (including Spiritual Maturity) (vs 7-10)
II.        Spiritual Gifts Given To Aid Spiritual Maturity (vs 11-12)
III.        Characteristics of Spiritual Maturity (vs 13-16)

 

EXPOSITION:

The next section of Scripture that we will be looking at is found in Eph 4:8-10.  To properly understand these verses they need to be looked at as one unit.  However, due to the limited length of our devotionals we will be looking at each of these verses in separate devotions.  Please keep in mind, it is EXTREMELY important to keep these verses in their proper context to properly understand their meaning…

Vs 8 – Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.  
Vs 9 – (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 
Vs 10 – He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 

A very brief explanation of these verses:
Vs 8 – Christ, at the completion of His redemptive work, led His people from the captivity of sin into His service, and bestowed many spiritual blessings upon them.
Vs 9 – Christ had to physically die (by partaking of death on the cross and have His body buried in the tomb) for Him to ascend into His Father’s presence victorious over sin, Satan and death.  When He died on the cross His body was buried in the tomb and His spirit ascended into the presence of God Himself.
Vs 10 – The person who we saw die on the cross and be buried in the tomb, was the same person that accomplished the redemption of His people as the obedient Son of God.  Based upon His obedience, He was later exalted to the right and of God as both Lord and Savior following His resurrection from the tomb and His ascension in Acts 1:.

Over the next two lessons, we will complete a detailed look at these verses…

Paul explains to us the origin of these wonderful gifts of grace by explaining the need for Christ to die on the cross to ascend and be exalted to the right hand of the Father…

Vs 10 – He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 

He that descended is the same also 
The Christ that died on the cross and was placed in the tomb is the same Lord …

that ascended up far above all heavens, 
that ascended to His Father and was exalted at the Father’s right hand .  It was only because Christ was faithful to His Father, humbling Himself and fulfilling His Father’s will that He was exalted to the place of honor and Lordship far above all heavens…

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;  And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  (Philippians 2:5-11)

that he might fill all things.
The first coming of Christ, His suffering and death on the cross, His burial and resurrection, His ascension to the Father and His exaltation were all accomplished to fulfill many OT Prophecies concerning Him (Luke 24:44-48, Acts 3:18)

 

APPLICATION:

The same Lord that humbled Himself was exalted based upon His obedience to the Father.  In our past three studies we have seen that the results of Christ’s faithfulness to His divine calling…
1.  to humble Himself,
2.  die on the cross,
3.  His spirit ascending to the Father while His body buried in the tomb,
4.  resurrected the third day,
5.  and later ascending to the Father and exalted at His right hand.

All of these were done in fulfillment of many OT prophecies of the coming Messiah and form the “channel of all blessings” that come from God to His people.  What grace He has shown to us by giving us the OT prophecies which clearly identify Him as the true Messiah sent form Jehovah!  May we thank Him today for the complete Word of God (both OT and NT) that reveals Christ to us so clearly and may we praise Him for this wonderful channel of blessings He has accomplished for us!

Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:  To God only wise, [be] glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.”  (Romans 16:25-27)

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!  

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4 Comments

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this devotional

  2. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER says:

    Good morning my brother, first let me thank you for sharing your wisdom and knowledge of the word of the Lord, and second I will only say what the song says of grace. “I was once lost but now I am found, I was blind but now I see, today I can communicate with you because it was nothing but grace that brought me through. I thank God for His grace that shined a light into darkness that enabled me to see. I thank God for you and the work in the ministry that He has called you to do. Let His will be done so that those that are spiritual blind may be lifted up by grace and see His good works through the work you do. My brother in Christ Jesus, just keep on keeping on, for the Lord has a blessing with your name on it. Have a bless and prosperous day in Jesus name.

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