I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
THE CHRISTIAN MUST WALK WORTHY
- Worthy means “of sufficient weight” a quality that comes from acknowledging what Christ has given us, not what worth we may feel we have or not have.
- With lowliness. Lowliness means “with modesty, a sense of moral insignificance and a humble attitude of unselfish concern for the welfare of others. A total absence of arrogance, conceit. The word is a combination of tapeinos – “humble” and phren – “mind.”
- With gentleness. Gentleness means “a disposition that is even-tempered, tranquil, balanced in spirit, unpretentious and that has the passions under control. The word is best translated “meekness,” not as an indication of weakness, but of power and strength under control. The person who possesses this quality pardons injuries, corrects faults and rules his own spirit well.
- With long-suffering. Long-suffering means “patient endurance, forbearance, fortitude. It describes a person who has the power to exercise revenge but instead exercises restraint.
- With love. Forbearing or bearing with one another means “to hold up. It carries the idea of tolerating, bearing with, putting up with, and not losing courage under pressure.
- In unity. The bond of peace speaks of the relationship in which all believers stand. When the Holy Spirit enters a life at the point of salvation, they are bound together with other believers. Endeavor means “to exert oneself, make every effort, be zealous, straining every nerve. The word combines thinking and acting, planning and producing. It sees a need and promptly does something about it.” We are to exert ourselves, make every effort, and strain every nerve to keep unity among ourselves.
SEVEN BASIC REASONS TO WALK WORTHY
- One Body – There are many different denominations and many different churches, but Christ is creating only ONE body.
1 Corinthians 12:13 – “For by one Spirit we were baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.”
Romans 12:5 – “so we, being many, are one body in Christ…”
- One Spirit – The Holy Spirit is given to all Christians.
1 Corinthians 12:4 – “There are various kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.”
Romans 8:14 – “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
- One Hope – We all are striving for the same reward.
Titus 2:12-13 – “Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 1:3 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
- One Lord – We all serve the same Savior.
1 Corinthians 12:5 – “There are different administrations, but the same Lord.”
Philippians 2:9-11 – “Therefore God has highly exalted him…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
- One Faith – We all have the same message – “Jesus Saves”
Jude 3 – “Beloved…I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”
- One Baptism – All believers give public witness to their faith by submitting to water baptism. Each is identified with the same body.
Galatians 3:27 – “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
This could also refer to the believer’s baptism into the body of Christ by the work of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:13 – “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…”
- One God and Father – If there is only one God and one Father, then there cannot be two believers in opposition to one another. If they are, then either one or both are not following God, but rather are following their own carnal ways.
Mark 12:19 – “And Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is, Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.”