“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore 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? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)” Ephesians 4:1-10 NASB.
Paul continues his letter with the word, “therefore.” This is important, therefore, (no pun intended) to enumerate what the Apostle said in his prayer at the end of chapter 3:
- to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
- that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
- to comprehend with all the saints the breadth and length and height and depth concerning the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge,
- be filled up to all the fullness of God.
THAT is an enormous thought to continue with into the next few thoughts of the Apostle. But, we do not want to lose sight of what the prayer consists of because we know that God answers the prayer of faithful people.
His prayer essentially asks God to empower us to “to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.” What is this calling? It is the calling of God as expressed by the Apostle in other Pauline contexts:
1. Romans 11:29; the calling of God is irrevocable.
2. Philippians 3:14; the upward call of God is in Christ Jesus.
3. 2 Thessalonians 1:11: that our God will count you worthy of your calling
4. 2 Timothy 1:9: has saved us and called us with a holy calling
God calls us from the darkness of sin to the eternal light of the Risen Savior. What can be seen within these verses is that the call of God is a high calling, a holy calling and in Ephesians 4:4 we find that this calling is the eternal hope to serve Him which comes only from God alone and as such belongs only to the Followers of the Christ. This is why the beloved hymn rings so true today, “all to Jesus I surrender, I surrender all.” Only those called of God and become Followers of the Christ are enabled to surrender everything that God has made them to be.
Walk the Way You Talk
Within verses. 1-4 we are encouraged and are petitioned with urgency, “to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling.”
Easy it would be to say something about every word in vv 2 and 3, but these are easily understood, but “to walk in a manner worthy of the calling” is really something that is far too often overlooked. We, in our culture, may have lost sight of the idea of “walking in a worthy manner.”
In Genesis 5:24 we find that “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” This man walked with God for 969 years.
If a professing Christian does not walk as his mouth portrays or his talk does not match the walk, just as Jesus told Peter, ”So Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him: “God forbid, Lord! This must not happen to you!” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, because you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.” Matthew 16:22-23 NET2.
And in 1 John 1:6-7, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
From Isaiah 43:1-2 is something to know, “But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.”
We May Not Be Always be Worthy, But We Can Be…
No matter the difficulty we might encounter what we must know is that God is always faithful for just as He promised to be with Jacob through high and difficult waters and the fires of tribulation to come he is told, “Do not frear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!”l We belong to Him, we are His alone and He is our hope in glory!!! How can we not walk in a manner worthy of our calling? Only if we are not born-again; Only if we do not belong to Him is it not possible to walk in a manner worthy of His calling.
Jesus is Lord.