Article - Christian Walk and Worship (part 1)

Paul addressed his “Ephesians” letter to the holy and faithful ones in Christ Jesus who resided in the city of Ephesus (Ephesians 1:1). Throughout his letter Paul emphasized all the spiritual blessings each individual Christian as well as the church of Christ as a whole enjoyed in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3, 5, 11; 2:4-7, etc.). In light of these wonderful facts, Paul urged these brethren (as he does us) to “walk worthy of the calling with which you [plural] are called…” (Ephesians 4:1; 2:10; the Ephesian brethren were all called/invited the same way: by hearing the gospel, Ephesians 1:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14). Not only did Paul enumerate how the individual Christian husband, wife, father, child, slave and master were to walk or behave (Ephesians 5:22-6:9), but also how Christians as a whole were to conduct themselves around one another (compare 1 Timothy 3:14-15). Such reciprocation or mutual exchange among brethren was expressed in Paul’s instruction either by a reciprocal pronoun, such as “bearing with one another” (Ephesians 4:2), being “members of one another” (Ephesians 4:25), being “kind to one another” (Ephesians 4:32) and “submitting to one another” (Ephesians 5:21) or the reflexive pronoun (expressing the same idea as the reciprocal pronoun), such as “forgiving one another” (Ephesians 4:32) and “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Ephesians 5:19; see also 1 Corinthians 6:7; Dana & Mantey’s Greek Grammar, pp. 131-132; Moulton’s Greek Grammar, p. 43). Christians in their individual lives as well as part of the body of Christ were to walk wisely, following the acceptable will of the Lord (Ephesians 5:10, 15-17).


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