He did this to prepare all God's people for the work of Christian service, in order to build up the body of Christ.
And so we shall all come together to that oneness in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God; we shall become mature people, reaching to the very height of Christ's full stature.
Then we shall no longer be children, carried by the waves and blown about by every shifting wind of the teaching of deceitful people, who lead others into error by the tricks they invent.
Instead, by speaking the truth in a spirit of love, we must grow up in every way to Christ, who is the head.
Under his control all the different parts of the body fit together, and the whole body is held together by every joint with which it is provided. So when each separate part works as it should, the whole body grows and builds itself up through love. 117
In the Lord's name, then, I warn you: do not continue to live like the heathen, whose thoughts are worthless
and whose minds are in the dark. They have no part in the life that God gives, for they are completely ignorant and stubborn.
They have lost all feeling of shame; they give themselves over to vice and do all sorts of indecent things without restraint.
That was not what you learned about Christ!
You certainly heard about him, and as his followers you were taught the truth that is in Jesus.
So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to - the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. 2