Weekly Pursuit – Week 3 of April

Apr 17, 2018 by

Verses:

Eph. 4:16 “Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.”

 

Excerpts:

In Ephesians 2 we have the birth of the new man but not the function of the new man. At birth, the new man is organically perfect; however, he is not yet able to function. Just as a child needs to be perfected through nourishing and cherishing, so the organically perfect new man needs to be perfected through the growth of life in order to function in a proper way.

 

Through the growth spoken of in chapter 4, the new man comes into function. Through the operation in the measure of each part, the Body grows unto the building up of itself in love. The creation of the new man was the responsibility of the Lord alone. We have nothing whatever to do with this. But we must fulfill our responsibility to perfect the new man through nourishing and cherishing. As the new man is perfected in this way, he grows and becomes perfect functionally.

 

The new man can become perfect in relation to his functions only through receiving the proper nourishment. This is one of the deepest concepts in Ephesians. The Body does not become functionally perfect through the teaching of doctrine. Actually, in Ephesians 4 doctrine is depreciated. Paul says that when we are no longer children, we shall no longer be carried about by winds of teaching. What is needed for the building up of the Body and for perfecting the new man functionally is the growth of life. This comes only through feeding. (Life-study of Ephesians, msg. 92)

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