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Ephesians 4 - NIV

Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ

1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;

5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

8 This is why it[a] says:

“When he ascended on high,
he took many captives
and gave gifts to his people.”[b]

9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c] ?

10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,

12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Instructions for Christian Living

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.

18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.

19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned

21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;

23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;

24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

26 “In your anger do not sin”[d] : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


Footnotes

a. Ephesians 4:8 Psalm?68:18
b. Ephesians 4:8 Or God
c. Ephesians 4:9 Or the depths of the earth
d. Ephesians 4:26 Psalm?4:4 (see Septuagint)


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Scripture: Ephesians 4:31
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Shared by: Jeffery Anselmi on Feb, 2017
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Shared by: Michael Deutsch on Jan, 2017
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Shared by: Jeffery Anselmi on Jan, 2017
Summary: We are called to live a new way and to not just think of one's self.
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Shared by: Jeffery Anselmi on Jan, 2017
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Shared by: Jeffery Anselmi on Jan, 2017
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Shared by: Kirby Lloyd on Dec, 2016
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Shared by: Chris Appleby on Dec, 2016
Summary: The body of Christ is being built up until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.
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Shared by: Jimmy Haile on Oct, 2016
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Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
Summary: What Paul describes here definitely applies to us. Jesus has taken many captives, literally, He lead captivity captive.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:7-9
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Views: 37
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Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
Summary: Evangelists, Prophets, Apostles, and Pastor/Teachers are not exactly authority figures. They are trainers. Good trainers have to be able to set an example. And these trainers are trainers in service.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:11-13
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Views: 54
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Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
Summary: We need to get as familiar as possible with the real God of the Bible. Then we'll find it easy to recognize the counterfeits.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:14-16
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Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
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Scripture: Ephesians 4:25-28
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Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
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Scripture: Ephesians 4:29-30
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Shared by: Tim Smith on Sep, 2016
Summary: The criticial spirit seems to be something that is easy for people to have. This sermon looks at at how to handle criticism
Scripture: Ephesians 4:25-32
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Views: 170
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Shared by: David Owens on Sep, 2016
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Scripture: Ephesians 4:11-16
Views: 1,912
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A Fork in the Road
Shared by: Dr. Travis Shipley on Sep, 2016
Summary: Have you ever been at the fork in the road and chose the wrong direction, made mistakes that had consequences? Everyone has, how do you fix those mistake?
Scripture: Ephesians 4:17-24
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Views: 231
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Shared by: Lorraine Greeff on Aug, 2016
Summary: to become aware of who is inside us.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:26-32
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Shared by: Paul Barreca on Jul, 2016
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