Ephesians 4

Unity and Diversity in the Body of Christ

1 Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, a urge you to
walk: A term often used in a figurative way to mean "way of life" or "behavior"
walk worthy of the calling you have received,
2 with all humility c and gentleness, with patience, d accepting
Or tolerating
f one another in love, g
3 diligently keeping the unity h of the Spirit i with the peace j that binds us. 4There is one body and one Spirit k – just as you were called to one hope
Lit called in one hope
m at your calling
5 one Lord, n one faith, o one baptism, 6 one God p and Father q of all, who is above all and through all and in all. r

7 Now grace was given to each one of us s according to the measure of the
Messiah: Or the Christ; the Greek word Christos means "the anointed one".
Messiah’s gift.
8 For it says:

When He ascended u on high,
He took prisoners into captivity;
Or He led the captives

He gave gifts to people. w , x

9 But what does “He ascendedmean except that He
Other mss add first
descended to the lower parts of the earth?
Or the lower parts, namely, the earth
10 The One who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, ab that He might fill
Or fulfill; Eph 1:23
all things. ad
11 And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 for the training of the
saint(s)/sanctification/sanctify/sanctified: The work of the Holy Spirit that separates believers in Jesus from the world; at the time of saving faith in Jesus, the believer is made a saint; therefore, all believers are saints. The believer participates with the Spirit in a process of transformation that continues until glorification. The goal of sanctification is progressive conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.
saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, af
13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, ag growing into a mature man with a stature ah measured by Christ’s fullness. 14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, ai by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. 15 But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head aj – Christ. 16 From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together ak by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth al of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.

Living the New Life

17 Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts. 18They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them and because of the hardness of their hearts. 19 They became callous and gave themselves over to promiscuity for the practice of every kind of impurity am with a desire for more and more.
Lit with greediness

20 But that is not how you learned about the Messiah, 21 assuming you heard about Him and were taught by Him, because the truth ao is in Jesus. 22 You took off
Or Jesus. This means: take off (as a command)
aq your former way of life, ar the old self
Lit man; = a person before conversion
at that is corrupted by deceitful desires;
23you are being renewed
Or desires; renew (as a command)
in the spirit av of your minds;
24you put on
Or minds; and put on (as a command)
ax the new self, the one created ay according to God’s likeness az in righteousness and purity of the truth.

25Since you put away ba lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, bb , bc because we are members of one another. 26Be angry and do not sin. bd , be Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, 27and don’t give the Devil an opportunity. 28 The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share bf with anyone in need. 29 No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need,
Lit for the building up of the need
so that it gives grace to those who hear.
30 And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. bh You were sealed by Him
Or Spirit, by whom you were sealed
for the day of
redemption/redeemed: The deliverance from bondage by a payment or ransom (Mk 10:45; 1Pe 1:18-19)
redemption. bk
31 All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. 32 And be kind bl and compassionate bm to one another, forgiving bn one another, just as God also forgave you
Other mss read us
in Christ.
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