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Ephesians 4:10-20 (New International Version)

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10 He who descended is the very one who ascended1 higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)2 11 It was he who gave3 some to be apostles,4 some to be prophets,5 some to be evangelists,6 and some to be pastors and teachers,7 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ8 may be built up9 13 until we all reach unity10 in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God11 and become mature,12 attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.13 14 Then we will no longer be infants,14 tossed back and forth by the waves,15 and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.16 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love,17 we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head,18 that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows19 and builds itself up20 in love,21 as each part does its work.

Living as Children of Light

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer22 live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.23 18 They are darkened in their understanding24 and separated from the life of God25 because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.26 19 Having lost all sensitivity,27 they have given themselves over28 to sensuality29 so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. 20 You, however, did not come to know Christ that way.
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