A People Called: The Story of Church from Ephesians (week 6)

Daring to Inhabit.
Walking through Ephesians has felt, for me, like riding into scenic lands. A territory rich with beauty and thick with life. As we cross over from chapter 3 to 4, it is going to feel more like stepping off the train and touching foot on the soil, breathing the air and reaching out to feel the leaves.

Everything so far has been instructive (or didactic). Establishing the truth for us! Chapter 4 will take us into the practice. The living, if you will.

You see, Paul’s use of the word, walk, at the beginning of the second section (chapters 4-6) is not coincidental. He is picking it back up. Here he writes, “Therefore, I… urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling…” (4:1)

What calling? Those truths about our identity as a new humanity in Christ, which he spent the first section (1-3) expounding.  There he wrote, “We are… created [anew] in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (2:10)

If the calling determines the walking, then little wonder Paul spent the first big section properly laying down the foundational truths of our calling. The walking of Ephesians 4-6 are intricately rooted in the calling of 1-3.

This coming Sunday as we gather again for worship, we open our Scriptures to chapter 4 of Ephesians, beginning Section 2! Paul takes us from the talk to the walk… with God and with each other. Let’s get ready to step out of this train, have a good stretch, breathe the air, and feel what life in this place would be… if we dared to inhabit it.

Donald Nwankwo
The Light of Christ Anglican Church
4000 W. Yale Ave.
Denver, CO 80219