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Ephesians by Eric RedmondChrist does not intend for his people to be dupes. Instead, he expects us to be wise toward the crafty words of people of the world.

In Ephesians 1-4, one sees a progression of thought related to the role of grace in keeping us from duplicity. The grace of Christ provides salvation (2:1-10), grace gives pastoral leadership (4:7-11), by grace pastors and teachers guide members to maturity (4:12-14), and then as a result of such grace members help one another stand in the truth (4:15-16).

When we see ourselves wholly as recipients of grace, that we have nothing in ourselves of which to boast, so that we do not think that we are better, smarter, wealthier, cuter, and/or better parents or spouses than the next member, then we will be in a position for Christ’s grace to build us up in the truth as brothers and sisters who love one another.

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