A Lesson from Ephesians 4:1-24…
According to Ephesians 4:1-24, God wants two things from a congregation: for it to be united (v. 1-3) and for every member to contribute to its success (v. 16). Paul explains the doctrinal basis for this unity with 7 ones listed in verses 4-6.
However, according to v. 7, all congregations have a problem, “But unto every one of us…”. The problem is that a local church is made up of several people with differing backgrounds that bring “baggage” into the congregation and have a hard time being united. How does God solve this problem? Well, the rest of the verse answers the question, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (v. 7).
The “grace given” is the gifts of teaching given to the members of the local congregation (v. 8-11). We understand that miraculous gifts have ceased, but we see clearly that the teaching/preaching that was done in the 1st century has not ceased.
Paul reveals to us that the teaching program of the local congregation brings every member into a “job” in the local congregation (v. 16), and the whole teaching program is rooted & grounded in “the truth”, v. 15.
This results in mature Christians who, now keenly aware of their responsibilities within the local church through the dynamic, uncompromising teaching from the word of God, do not “walk as other gentiles walk” (v. 17, 18-24).