Diversity for Unity (Ephesians 4:7-14)Adam Mostert, April 28, 2019
Part of the Ephesians - The Riches of His Grace series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
We have heard the apostle’s call for the Christian to walk worthy and live in a fitting way of God’s gracious call (4:1–3). Our call to unity reflects the unity of God Himself and the power He works over, through, and in the church (4:4–6). Today we see: Christ sovereignly gifts each Christian diversely through other Christians so that the body matures together in unity (4:7–14).
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7But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13Till 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: 14That 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; (KJV)