1Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,

  • Therefore - in view of the overwhelming revelation of the Love of God toward us
  • implore you - this is a form of the same word as the Holy Spirit - come along side and encourage you
  • walk in a manner worthy - walk worthily - having worth that matches the actual value
  • the calling - this is NOT ministerial calling here it is the calling of Christ to come out of darkness into light

2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,

  • THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO WALK WORTHY PAY ATTENTION!!!
  • humility - Philippians 2:3 - esteem others better than yourself
    • Without arrogance, pride, or a spirit of dictation; without a desire to "lord it over God's heritage"; without being elated with the authority of the apostolic office, the variety of the miracles which he was enabled to perform, or the success which attended his labors. What an admirable model for all who are in the ministry; for all who are endowed with talents and learning; for all who meet with remarkable success in their work! The proper effect of such success, and of such talent, will be to produce true humility. The greatest endowments are usually connected with the most simple and childlike humility.
    • It means that we can be happy and content when we are not in control or steering things our way.
  • gentleness - Matt 5:5 blessed are the meek they shall inherit the earth
    • Psalm 25:13 - Jesus was quoting this
    • to bear injury without anger or desire for revenge
    • Meekness- power in reserve - restrained power - 
  • patience - long suffering - 
  • bearing with one another in love
    • sticking around
    • choosing to be committed to one another no matter what.

3being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

  • to PRESERVE the unity of the Spirit
    • the Spirit gave us unity we don’t create it but we can destroy it!
    • Jesus is the bond of peace

4[There is] one body and oneSpirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;

  • I love this verse so much!

5one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

  • one baptism does not mean there is no baptism in the Holy Spirit - it just means that when we are baptized into Christ that is the only baptism there is

6one Godand Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

  • Do NOT be fooled - he is the Father of all but that does not mean that those outside of Christ are receiving salvation!

 

7But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.

  • BUT to each one of us GRACE was given - free gifts were given
  • according to whatever Jesus decided to give - Jesus is the gift giver. 
  • All of the ways we steward Grace are chosen by Christ and given to us to steward

 

8Therefore it says, "WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN."

 

9(Now this [expression], "He ascended," what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens,so that He might fill all things.)

  • another Pauline rabbit trail
  • Psalm 68:18 - "it says"
  • He descended - Jesus resurrection was a triumphal march back from the sacking of Hell! - truly the gates of Hell did NOT prevail! - Satan, sickness, death, Hell, and the grave were in chains behind Him as he came up out of the grave
  • he gave gifts to men - salvation foremost among them but also the many gifts of grace that were won by his heroic action on the cross!!!
  • This harkens back to the passage in the first chapter vs 20-23

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