in order fully to equip His people for the work of serving--for the building up of Christ's body--
till we all of us arrive at oneness in faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, and at mature manhood and the stature of full-grown men in Christ.
So we shall no longer be babes nor shall we resemble mariners tossed on the waves and carried about with every changing wind of doctrine according to men's cleverness and unscrupulous cunning, making use of every shifting device to mislead.
But we shall lovingly hold to the truth, and shall in all respects grow up into union with Him who is our Head, even Christ.
Dependent on Him, the whole body--its various parts closely fitting and firmly adhering to one another-- grows by the aid of every contributory link, with power proportioned to the need of each individual part, so as to build itself up in a spirit of love.
Therefore I warn you, and I implore you in the name of the Master, no longer to live as the Gentiles in their perverseness live,
with darkened understandings, having by reason of the ignorance which is deep-seated in them and the insensibility of their moral nature, no share in the Life which God gives.
Such men being past feeling have abandoned themselves to impurity, greedily indulging in every kind of profligacy.
But these are not the lessons which you have learned from Christ;
if at least you have heard His voice and in Him have been taught--and this is true Christian teaching--
to put away, in regard to your former mode of life, your original evil nature which is doomed to perish as befits its misleading impulses,