Bro. Tom's Weekly Bible Study
 

Week #15
Posted June 18, 2010

Ephesians 4:15-16

          

Let us continue our study in Ephesians on the word together, mentioned seven times. The word means the bringing together of two warring parties and making them one. We will continue this week in Ephesians 4:15-16 and the revelation of gathering together. I want this week to look at the revelation of the together wonder. In Chapter 4:15b, I find the wonder of our Head. If we have been made one with Him, we now have a new head. I find in our text the amount of this Head. There are not multiple heads, but only one Head and that is Christ. I fear the great cause of church splits is because of a power struggle. When you have more than one head, you have a freak. In the church, we must have Christ as the Head, and the pastor as the under Shepherd.

I see in 1: 22 the authority of this head. We are told that Christ is the Head over all things in the church. The deacons, pastor, congregation, are not the head, but only Christ. I noticed in 4:15 the activity of the head in the phrase, may grow up into Him in all things. Everything begins with the Head, flows out of the Head, and returns to the Head. If one is brain dead and the head is not working, there is nothing worthwhile in the body. When two become one we enter into the relationship with the Head mentioned in 4:6, He is above us, through us, and in us. To be above us is a position of authority, to be through us is a position of advancement, and to be in us is a position of amazement.

In 4:16 I find the wonder of our body. Paul uses the phrase fitly joined together, which means to bind closely together. The word compacted means to put together in the mind by a conclusion of proof. Paul tells us that in this relationship of the body to the Head every part is supplying a vital role of activity. When all these phrases are put together we have our word symphony. I was at our home church recently and before the service the orchestra was warming up their instruments. It sounded like a bunch of noise. When our choir director raised his hands to lead that morning, the choir and orchestra together did an amazing delivery of the Hallelujah Chorus.

Oh, how many in the church are just blowing their instruments alone. We need the Head to raise His hands and direct us in unity to give praise to Him. The sole purposes of the body are to point to, push for, and give preeminence to the Head. It is not and shall never be about the body, but it is and shall ever be only about the Head.

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