Takeaways from Sunday’s sermon on Ephesians 4:
1. Don’t give the devil a foothold in your family. When we are ugly to one another by means of anger, bitterness, malice, etc., we grieve the Spirit and invite the devil in.
2. A refusal to forgive is the way of the old man.
3. We are to keep the unity of the Spirit, no matter what denominational differences we have. Two members of the same church may be at one another’s throats, while two people from entirely different churches can get along great. The first is not preserving the unity, while the second is.
4. The not-yet kind of unity is the kind that we are all growing toward, and God will give us this unity when we eventually all come to “the unity of faith” or “the perfect man.” God doesn’t mind denominations, but He hates denominational arrogance. Humility preserves the unity and helps the body to grow.
5. When Paul gives ethical instructions (stop lying, etc.) he is speaking to the regenerate. The unregenerate cannot obey ethical instructions. If they do, it is like water on a hog, and soon the hog will return to the mud. When the regenerate hear ethical commands, it is food to the sheep. They respond and are nourished by the instruction.