Eph 4:1 Walk

<Note: this post is a work in progress>

I am doing a sort of word study through a “put on, take off” passage, taking important words and finding other places they are used and what the context refers to there. Not every meaning or nuance applies to every usage – in other words, just because another passage uses a word in a certain context or with a certain meaning does not mean that the context or meaning applies here. The reason I am doing this is simply to look for connections and see how various passages might interact with each other.

Eph 4:1-3 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live (walk) a life worthy of the calling you have received. (NIV)

1Παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς ἐγὼ δέσμιος ἐν κυρίῳ ἀξίως περιπατῆσαι τῆς κλήσεως ἧς ἐκλήθητε,

The word περιπατῆσαι  means “walk”. “Walk” is a metaphor for how you live. In the ages before planes, trains, and automobiles, walking was very common. It was how most people moved about. It was part of the fabric of daily life. So it was a natural choice of metaphor for ones life in general. When you walk a lot, you want to be healthy. You don’t want to stumble or get lost. Incidentally, I believe their wisdom literature mentions stumbling vs. not stumbling a bit.

Uses in the NT occur in Romans, 1 and 2 Cor, Gal, Eph, Phil, Col, 1 and 2 Thess, Heb, 1 Pet, 1 and 3 John, Rev. Needless to say, it’s a common metaphor.

I will devote one post per epistle for this word.

Zhubert word study:

This is a work in progress. I am going to keep coming back and editing and finishing it out bit by bit.


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