The Book of EPHESIANS
James J. Barker
THAT YE WALK WORTHY
- The word “walk” is found
often in Paul’s epistles (cf. 4:1, 17).
- Romans 6:4 says, “Therefore
we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up
from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in
newness of life.”
- Romans 8:1 says, “There is
therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not
after the flesh, but after the
- Romans 13:13 says, “Let
us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in
chambering and wantonness, not in strife and
- Second Corinthians 5:7 says,
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
- Galatians 5:16 says, “This I
say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the
- Galatians 5:25 says, “If we
live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the
- Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we
are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath
before ordained that we should walk in
- Ephesians 5:2 says, “And
walk in love, as Christ also hath loved
- Ephesians 5:8 says, “For ye
were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children
- Ephesians 5:15 says, “See
then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as
- Colossians 1:10 says, “That
ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in
every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of
- Colossians 2:6 says, “As ye
have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in
- Colossians 4:5 says,
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the
- First Thessalonians 2:12
says, “That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his
kingdom and glory.”
- There are many other
references, but this gives us an idea of how important this theme is – our walk
- Vine’s Expository
says the word “walk” is used figuratively to signify “the whole round of the
activities of the individual life, whether of the unregenerate (Eph. 4:17), or
of the believer (I Cor. 7:17).”
USAGES IN SCRIPTURE
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary says “walk” in Scripture means “to live and act or
behave; to pursue a particular course of life,” and this dictionary gives many
- I also have Webster’s
Unabridged 1996 edition, and there are no Scriptural references
- The 1828 Dictionary gives
- o walk with God – to live in obedience to His commands,
and have communion with Him. “And
Enoch walked with God…” (Gen. 5:22,
- To walk in darkness – to live in ignorance, error and
sin, without comfort. “If we say
that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do
not the truth” (I John 1:6).
- To walk in the light – to live in the practice of
religion, and to enjoy its consolations.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have
fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us
from all sin” (I John 1:7).
- To walk by faith – to live in the firm belief of the
gospel and its promises, and to rely on Christ for salvation. “For we walk by faith, not by
sight” (II Cor. 5:7).
- To walk through the fire – to be exercised with severe
afflictions. “When thou walkest
through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle
upon thee” (Isa. 43:2).
- To walk after the flesh – to indulge sensual appetites,
and to live in sin. “That the
righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the
flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rom.
- To walk after the Spirit – to be guided by the counsels
and influences of the Spirit and by the word of God, and to live a life of holy
deportment. “There is therefore now
no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after
the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rom.
- To walk in the flesh – to live this natural life, which
is subject to infirmities and calamities.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh” (II Cor.
WE ARE TO WALK IN UNITY
- The word
“therefore” (4:1) connects the first half of the epistle (chapters 1—3) with the
second half (chapters 4—6).
- The first part deals with
our calling, the second with our conduct.
- “Paul now passes from the
heavenly calling to the worthy conduct…The conduct is the logical issue of the
calling. The calling is the motive
for the conduct” (PB Fitzwater).
- The calling shows what
conception the church should have of herself (cf.
- The walk shows the
conception which God desires the world should have of the church (cf. 5:8,
- There are certain virtues
which are essential to unity in the church.
- Lowliness (4:2) – this means esteeming oneself as small.
This is the opposite of selfish ambition or
- Meekness (4:2) – “self-suppression to serve others”
(Fitzwater). Meekness is not weakness.
Numbers 12:3 says, “(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all
the men which were upon the face of the earth.)” Our great example of meekness is the
Lord Jesus. He said in Matthew
11:29, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in
heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Paul says in II Corinthians 10:1,
“Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of
- Longsuffering (4:2) – forbearing and patient. Exodus 34:6 says the LORD is
“merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and
truth…” Galatians 5:22, 23 says,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is
- “Forbearing one another in love” (4:2) – “This means
restraint under just provocation”
- “Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit…”
(4:3). “Endeavoring” means we have
to work at it. The devil brings in
discord and disunity, but the Holy Spirit brings peace.
- There is one
body (4:4). The church is the body
of Christ (cf. 1:22, 23).
- The word “church” and the
word “body” are used different ways in the Bible. Most references are to the local church
(cf. I Cor. 1:2; II Cor. 1:1; I Thess. 1:1; II Thess. 1:1;
- Sometimes the word “church”
is used in a generic or a general way.
For example, we speak of “the separation of church and
- First Corinthians 10:32
says, “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to
the church of God.”
- Hebrews 12:23 says, “To the
general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written
- Here the word “church” seems
to refer to all believers – the entire family of God. There is a unity amongst all born again
- “There is one body, and
one Spirit…” (Eph. 4:4). There
are many false spirits, but only one Holy Spirit (cf. II Cor. 11:4; I John
- The Holy Spirit regenerates
every born again believer the moment he believes. Jesus said in John 3:5-7 says, “Verily,
verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of
the Spirit is spirit. Marvel
not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born
- The Holy Spirit indwells
every born again believer. First
Corinthians 3:16 says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the
Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (Cf. I Cor.
- The Holy Spirit seals
every born again believer (Eph. 1:13; 4:30).
- We are commanded to be
filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18).
- Some people teach that a
person can be saved and still not have the Holy Spirit, but this is contrary to
Scripture (Romans 8:9).
- True Christian unity is
based upon faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- He said, “I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John