12 January 2014
Ephesians 4 and knowing the (real) truth
Ephesians 4:14 (NLT) states “Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth.”
As we as a church often struggle with being deceived, this text resonated with me. The use of the word “then” indicates that there is a basis for this statement: what (then) is the secret to not being fickle or deceived?
Unity amongst Christians is the reason given in the text. Verses 2-3 state “be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace.” Furthermore, those in the church are being equipped “until we come to such knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.” (v. 13)
This gives me something to think about. How does this text relate to how we often don’t work together with other Christians and/or have the tendency to think that our own church is (always) right and best? How good are such things when seen in light of Eph 4:14?