Did we miss something? We backtrack to finish chapter 4, Paul continues to instruct from the Tanakh to teach the Ephesians that incorporation into the Commonwealth of Israel brings with it an expectation of obedience to Yahuwah’s Torah and setting aside of non biblical pagan customs. If Israel’s chief undoing was syncretism, we will not fare any different in an economy of grace.

Ephesians Hebraically - Chapter 4 • Part 2

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Ephesians Hebraically – Chapter 4 • Part 2

We left of in chapter four with The Five Fold Ministry which put in place to:

Ephesians 4:12  to equip the kedoshim for the work of service, for building up the body of Messiah.
Ephesians 4:13  This will continue until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of Ben-Elohim—to mature adulthood, to the measure of the stature of Messiah’s fullness.

Western Individualism is our biggest obstacle to overcome in achieving the ‘raised tabernacle of David – the Kingdom of Elohim!

Incompleteness is the reason for peoples stunted growth: incomplete marriages, incomplete families, incomplete healing, health and generational prosperity.

The body is a dynamic growing organism; and as such, ministry has to be approached strategically not solely administratively.

Ephesians 4:14  As a result, we are no longer to be like children, tossed around by the waves and blown all over by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of men with cunning in deceitful scheming.

New English Bible translation of v.14: “whirled about by every fresh gust of teaching, dupes of crafty rogues and their deceitful schemes”.

Divisions in the assembly come when Spiritual Authority is forestalled and a spirit of individualism takes over.

The Colossians were suffering from this same spirit of disunity, philosophical a kind of proto-Gnosticsm – ‘having knowledge’ without discernment.

Ephesians 4:15  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all ways into Messiah, who is the Head.

Remember from Ch. 5 we discovered Kephale’ in the LXX is translated from the Hebrew ‘rosh’, ‘nephesh’ – and found within source and soul language in the Tanakh.

Yahusha is our source, from which we receive salvation (the Living Waters) sourced from the heavenly mountain of Yah; from which life flows:

Ephesians 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

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Ephesians Hebraically – Chapter 2

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Ephesians Hebraically – Chapter 3

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Ephesians Hebraically – Chapter 4 • Part 2

Did we miss something? We backtrack to finish chapter 4, Paul continues to instruct from the Tanakh to teach the Ephesians that incorporation into the Commonwealth of Israel brings with it an expectation of obedience to Yahuwah’s Torah and setting aside of non biblical pagan customs. If Israel’s chief undoing was syncretism, we will not fare any different in an economy of grace.

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