Unity and Diversity in the Body of Christ

1 I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received,
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      2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, acceptinga one another in love,
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        • a 4:2 - Or tolerating
          3 diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds [us].
          4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hopeb at your calling;
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            • b 4:4 - Lit called in one hope
              5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
              6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
              7 Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of the Messiah's gift.
              8 For it says: When He ascended on high, He took prisoners into captivity; c He gave gifts to people. d
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                • c 4:8 - Or He led the captives
                • d 4:8 - Ps 68:18
                  9 But what does "He ascended" mean except that Hee descended to the lower parts of the earth?f
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                    • e 4:9 - Other mss add first
                    • f 4:9 - Or the lower parts, namely, the earth
                      10 The One who descended is the same as the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fillg all things.
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                        • g 4:10 - Or fulfill; see Eph 1:23
                          11 And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
                          12 for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,
                          13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God's Son, [growing] into a mature man with a stature 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, 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-Christ.
                          16 From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth 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.
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                              18 They 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 with a desire for more and more.h
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                                • h 4:19 - Lit with greediness
                                  20 But that is not how you learned about the Messiah,
                                  21 assuming you heard Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus:
                                  22 you took offi your former way of life, the old man that is corrupted by deceitful desires;
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                                    • i 4:22 - Or Jesus. This means: take off (as a command)
                                      23 you are being renewedj in the spirit of your minds;
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                                        • j 4:23 - Or desires; renew (as a command)
                                          24 you put onk the new man, the one created according to God's [likeness]l in righteousness and purity of the truth.
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                                            • k 4:24 - Or minds; and put on (as a command)
                                            • l 4:24 - Col 3:10
                                              25 Since you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, m because we are members of one another.
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                                                  26 Be angry and do not sin. n o Don't let the sun go down on your anger,
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                                                      27 and 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 with anyone in need.
                                                      29 No rotten talk should come from your mouth, but only what is good for the building up of someone in need,p in order to give grace to those who hear.
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                                                        • p 4:29 - Lit for the building up of the need
                                                          30 And don't grieve God's Holy Spirit, who sealed youq for the day of redemption.
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                                                            • q 4:30 - Or Spirit, by whom you were sealed
                                                              31 All bitterness, anger and wrath, insult and slander must be removed from you, along with all wickedness.
                                                              32 And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave your in Christ.
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                                                                • r 4:32 - Other mss read us