Ephesians 4

Unity in the Body of Christ

1I therefore a  a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to b  walk in a manner worthy of c  the calling to which you have been called, 2with all d  humility and e  gentleness, with f  patience g  bearing with one another in love, 3eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in h  the bond of peace. 4There is i  one body and j  one Spirit—just as you were called to the one k  hope that belongs to your call 5 l  one Lord m  one faith n  one baptism, 6 o  one God and Father of all p  who is over all and through all and in all. 7But q  grace was given r  to each one of us s  according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8Therefore it says,

t  “When he ascended on high u  he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”
The Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women

9( w  In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into x  the lower regions, the earth?
Or  the lower parts of the earth?
10He who descended is the one who also z  ascended aa  far above all the heavens, that he might ab  fill all things.) 11And ac  he gave the ad  apostles, the prophets, the ae  evangelists, the af  shepherds
Or pastors
and teachers
Or  the shepherd-teachers
12 ai  to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for aj  building up ak  the body of Christ, 13until we all attain to al  the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God am  to mature manhood
Greek  to a full-grown man
to the measure of the stature of ao  the fullness of Christ,
14so that we may no longer be children, ap  tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in aq  deceitful schemes. 15Rather ar  speaking the truth in love, we are to as  grow up in every way into him who is at  the head, into Christ, 16 au  from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped av  when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

The New Life

17Now this I say and aw  testify in the Lord ax  that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, ay  in the futility of their minds. 18They az  are darkened in their understanding, ba  alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to bb  their hardness of heart. 19They bc  have become callous and bd  have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20But that is not the way you be  learned Christ!— 21assuming that bf  you have heard about him and bg  were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22to bh  put off bi  your old self,
Greek man; also verse 24
which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through bk  deceitful desires,
23and bl  to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24and to put on bm  the new self, bn  created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

25Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you bo  speak the truth with his neighbor, for bp  we are members one of another. 26 bq  Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and br  give no opportunity to the devil. 28Let the thief no longer steal, but rather bs  let him labor, bt  doing honest work with his own hands, so bu  that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 bv  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give bw  grace to those who hear. 30And bx  do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by  by whom you were sealed for the day of bz  redemption. 31 ca  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 cb  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted cc  forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

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