First in a series of studies in Ephesians 4
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to have a walk worthy of the calling with which you were called” (Ephesians 4:1).
As Paul does in many of his epistles, he has laid the solid foundation of being sound in the doctrine of Christ in the first part of this epistle. Now, in chapter 4, he moves into some practical aspects of living the Christian life every day, just as God expects of His followers.
Paul calls himself a prisoner of the Lord because he is in prison as a result of His faithfulness to God, and he begs his readers to listen carefully to this teaching. He tells them to live in such a way as to have at least a degree of worthiness. The Ephesians have been called by the gospel, and they are working together in the work of the gospel—that is the “calling” he is talking about.
The apostle doesn’t say just to “walk” but he says to walk in a way that shows the seriousness of the Cause we have espoused and the value we place upon the opportunity for redemption that has been presented to us.