Peterson, Eugene H., and Peter Santucci. Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing up in Christ. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Pub., 2010. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Chapter 9, “One and All: Ephesians 4:1-16” Loc. 1893-2117.
Peterson opens by observing the word “therefore” at the start of Ephesians 4. “The transition is not abrupt. It is not as if we can separate the being of God from being human and treat them separately. But we do separate them” (Peterson 2010, Loc. 1899). God is present in life. Peterson again emphasizes the simple and obvious ways human and divine interact, particularly in the context of church (Peterson 2010, Loc. 1910). This is the straightforward context for knowing God. Paul pictures this life in church as a “calling” (Peterson 2010, Loc. 1935). Peterson views the shift in Paul’s letter at this point as one from kerygma to paraclesis - from proclamation of who God and man are to an urging to life in light of the proclamation (Peterson 2010, Loc. 1950). Peterson’s exposition of the ideas of proclamation, teaching, and urging follows. He contends that this paraclesis goes on among Christians every day and is the heart of our “cure of souls” or “spiritual direction” (Peterson 2010, Loc. 1981). The relational element, the knowledge that we are in this life together, is of primary importance to a life of paraclesis (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2001). It is something pursued in community together. This, Peterson suggests, is what ties our theological lives and material lives together. It makes the oneness we see articulated in Ephesians 4 (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2037). As we seek to live together in the community of the church we become one body, growing up in Christ, all together, all growing (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2080).