Ephesians 4:1-11 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.

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

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

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

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5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

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

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

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8 This is why ita says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”b

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    • i 4:8 - Or "God"
    • j 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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        • k 4:9 - Or "the depths of the earth"
          10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)

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

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