Ephesians "Every Wind Of Doctrine"

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"Every Wind Of Doctrine"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Ephesians, long considered an epistle of Paul, is thought by scholars to be, rather, a later statement of the Pauline philosophy, written by a Jewish follower of Paul in an attempt to clarify the Pauline doctrine for his own generation. The writer exhorts his readers to be worthy of the divine call to follow Christ. In humility, patience, and love they are to co-operate to maintain the unity and peace of the Christian faith. There is, he points out, one Father, one Spirit, and one faith; but each believer has received individual gifts or talents to be used in serving Christ. It follows, then, that the apostles, teachers, evangelists, and all the believers are to work together until, through their unity, they mature in Christian belief so that they are not constantly buffeted in their faith:

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ. . . .