Ephesians 4:1-16 NAS

Unity of the Spirit

1 Therefore I, 1the prisoner of the Lord, 2implore you to 3walk in a manner worthy of the 4calling with which you have been 5called,

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2 with all 6humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another 7in love,

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3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the 8bond of peace.

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4 There is 9one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one 10hope of your calling;

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5 11one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

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

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7 But 13to each one of us 14grace was given 15according to the measure of Christ's gift.

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9 (Now this expression, "He 18ascended," what does it mean except that He also had descended into 19the lower parts of the earth?

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    • b 4:9 - Lit "is it except"
    • c 4:9 - One early ms reads "had first descended"
      10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended 20far above all the heavens, so that He might 21fill all things.)

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      11 And He 22gave 23some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as 24evangelists, and some as pastors and 25teachers,

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      12 26for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of 27the body of Christ;

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      13 until we all attain to 28the unity of the faith, and of the 29knowledge of the Son of God, to a 30mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the 31fullness of Christ.

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        • e 4:13 - Or "true knowledge"
        • f 4:13 - Lit "of the fullness"
          14 As a result, we are 32no longer to be children, 33tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by 34craftiness in 35deceitful scheming;

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            • g 4:14 - Lit "So that we will no longer be"
            • h 4:14 - Lit "with regard to the scheming of deceit"
              15 but speaking the truth 36in love, we are to 37grow up in all aspects into Him who is the 38head, even Christ,

              References for Ephesians 4:15

                • i 4:15 - Or "holding to" or "being truthful in"
                • j 4:15 - Or "let us grow up"
                  16 from whom 39the whole body, being fitted and held together * by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself 40in love.

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                    • k 4:16 - Lit "through every joint of the supply"
                    • l 4:16 - Lit "working in measure"