Ephesians 4:1-11 NIV

Unity in the Body of Christ

1 As a prisoner1 for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy2 of the calling3 you have received.

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2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another4 in love.5

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3 Make every effort to keep the unity6 of the Spirit through the bond of peace.7

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4 There is one body8 and one Spirit9--just as you were called to one hope when you were called10--

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5 one Lord,11 one faith, one baptism;

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6 one God and Father of all,12 who is over all and through all and in all.13

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7 But to each one of us14 grace15 has been given16 as Christ apportioned it.

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8 This is why ita says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives17 in his train and gave gifts to men."b18

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    • a 4:8 - Or "God"
    • b 4:8 - Psalm 68:18
      9 (What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regionsc ?

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        • c 4:9 - Or "the depths of the earth"
          10 He who descended is the very one who ascended19 higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)20

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          11 It was he who gave21 some to be apostles,22 some to be prophets,23 some to be evangelists,24 and some to be pastors and teachers,25

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