Summary: How we should conduct ourselves for Christ’s sake
EPH.4:29-32 "FOR CHRIST’S SAKE"
INTRO: Eph.4 teaches the walk and service of the believer. The Christian walk and service are not according to man made rules or standards. It does not mean that we are supposed to sign a pledge that we will not go here or there, or do this or that. We are to walk worthy of the name Christian. In us, Jesus must find His earthly walk. He lives in our bodies, He walks in our bodies, and we are the only Bible the world reads. We present the only Christ this world will ever know.
If the world does not see Jesus in us, then we are not walking worthy of the Christ who lives in us! * In Bible language, He dwells in us and walks in us. 2 Cor.6:16 "God hath said, I will dwell in them and walk in them and they shall be my people." We believers are the body of Christ!
We represent Him in this earth, and by our actions we express to others what Christ is.
They measure Christ by the way that we walk. * We prove to others by the way that we walk, that we have had a change of heart, and that we are a new creature in Christ.
Because we are sons of God, and because we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, we should bring glory and honor to God. We are to endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Look at vss.1-3. "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk ....................."
With these verses lets go to John 17:20-23 (quickview) . Lets hear the cry of Jesus as He begs for oneness in the body of the Church. Surely it must grieve the heart of God when He looks down upon His people and sees the existing division and strife among Christians;
* whisperings, backbitings, and sowing discord among brethren, God hates!
There is perfect unity in the God-head; perfect oneness in the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost are one in providing, planning, and in the working of our salvation.
We should demonstrate in our daily living the unity that is demonstrated in the Trinity.
* It grieves the heart of God when brethren fail to dwell together in harmony and unity.
Ps.133:1 "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity."
There should be no division among Bible believing Christians, and if the Holy Spirit has His way, there will be no divisions whatsoever!
In vs.14, Paul begs the Ephesians not to be like children! This is good sound advise and is badly needed in our churches today. The average church has entirely too many spiritual babies still being bottle fed. Paul told the Corinthians they should be eating meat, but were still on milk.
WHY? Because they were carnal! They were divided, criticizing, and backbiting!
* One declared, "Apollos baptized me." Another said, "Cephas baptized me." They were fighting among themselves, therefore they had no time in which to fight the devil!
We are changed now! Now lets get into the text of our message, "For Christ’s Sake."
(1) LET NO CORRUPT COMMUNICATION PROCEED OUT OF YOUR MOUTH! V.29