Speaking Truth in Love
God has called you to serve me, and me to serve you, by speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). This mutual ministry is what drives me to write truth, and to read and listen to truth from friends.
But “speaking the truth in love” is not so simple as hitting a few keys on my laptop. It requires a cosmic backstory to pull off.
The Apostle Paul breaks the story into three movements in Ephesians 4.
Movement 1: The Gifter Ascends (Ephesians 4:7–10)
The backstory to spiritual gifts begins with the ascension of Christ. You know, that rather bizarre story we tend to think of in terms of a Monty Python sketch with Jesus slowly rising up into the clouds, holding a steady beauty pageant wave to the disciples, in one long, awkward, slowmo goodbye.
But in truth, the ascension marks off his supremacy as a capstone over Christ’s…