Ephesians 4:3-13 NIV

3 Make every effort to keep the unity1 of the Spirit through the bond of peace.2

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4 There is one body3 and one Spirit4--just as you were called to one hope when you were called5--

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5 one Lord,6 one faith, one baptism;

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6 one God and Father of all,7 who is over all and through all and in all.8

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7 But to each one of us9 grace10 has been given11 as Christ apportioned it.

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8 This is why ita says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives12 in his train and gave gifts to men."b13

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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 ascended14 higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)15

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          11 It was he who gave16 some to be apostles,17 some to be prophets,18 some to be evangelists,19 and some to be pastors and teachers,20

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          12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ21 may be built up22

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          13 until we all reach unity23 in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God24 and become mature,25 attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.26

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