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Ephesians by Eric RedmondAll of Ephesians 1-3 informs how one should read Ephesians 4. Eph. 2:8-10 should inform both how one reads Eph. 4:11-16 and thinks of the pastorate and membership. The pastor is a “and this is not your own doing”—shepherd; he has no grounds for serving as one fighting for power or position. The office is not ours to maintain. It is a blood-bought, resurrection-empowered, Spirit-wrought gift given to the body with the work of our salvation in Christ.

Members are formerly wrath-bound people now joined to a holy assembly by virtue of the gracious choice of Christ to make us members in him via his mercy in election, his death and resurrection, and his present session in heaven. Membership is not controlling interest-ownership or senate democracy. A “and this is not your own doing”—view of the pastorate and membership should provoke meekness in each of us.