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Unity of the Spirit

1 Therefore I, the R193 prisoner of the Lord, implore R194 you to walk R195 in a manner worthy of the calling R196 with which you have been called, R197 2 with all humility R198 and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in R199 love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond R200 of peace. 4 There is one R201 body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope R202 of your calling; 5 one R203 Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who R204 is over all and through all and in all.

7 But to R205 each one of us grace R206 was given according R207 to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore it F56 says, "WHEN R208 HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED R209 CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN." 9 (Now this expression, "He ascended," R210 what does F57 it mean except that He also had F58 descended into the R211 lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far R212 above all the heavens, so that He might fill R213 all things.) 11 And He gave R214 some R215 as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, R216 and some as pastors and teachers, R217 12 for R218 the equipping of the saints F59 for the work of service, to the building up of the R219 body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the R220 unity of the faith, and of the knowledge R221 F60 of the Son of God, to a mature R222 man, to the measure of the stature which F61 belongs to the fullness R223 of Christ. 14 As F62 a result, we are no R224 longer to be children, tossed R225 here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness R226 in F63 deceitful R227 scheming; 15 but speaking F64 the truth in R228 love, we F65 are to grow R229 up in all aspects into Him who is the head, R230 even Christ, 16 from whom the R231 whole body, being fitted and held together by F66 what every joint supplies, according to the proper F67 working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in R232 love.

The Christian's Walk

17 So R233 this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that R234 you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility R235 of their mind, 18 being darkened R236 in their understanding, excluded R237 F68 from the life of God because of the ignorance R238 that is in them, because of the hardness R239 of their heart; 19 and they, having become R240 callous, have R241 given themselves over to sensuality R242 for F69 the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20 But you did not learn R243 Christ F70 in this way, 21 if indeed you have R244 heard Him and have been R245 taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay R246 aside the old R247 self, F71 which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts R248 of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed R249 in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put R250 on the new R251 self, F72 which in R252 F73 the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

25 Therefore, laying R253 aside falsehood, SPEAK R254 TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members R255 of one another. 26 BE R256 ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give R257 the devil an F74 opportunity. 28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he R258 must labor, performing R259 with his own hands what is good, so R260 that he will have something to share with one F75 who has need. 29 Let no unwholesome R261 F76 word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification R262 according F77 to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30 Do R263 not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by F78 whom you were sealed R264 for the day of redemption. 31 Let R265 all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put R266 away from you, along with all malice. R267 32 Be R268 kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just R269 as God in Christ also has forgiven you. F79

F56: Or He
F57: Lit is it except
F58: One early ms reads had first descended
F59: Or holy ones
F60: Or true knowledge
F61: Lit of the fullness
F62: Lit So that we will no longer be
F63: Lit with regard to the scheming of deceit
F64: Or holding to or being truthful in
F65: Or let us grow up
F66: Lit through every joint of the supply
F67: Lit working in measure
F68: Or alienated
F69: Or greedy for the practice of every kind of impurity
F70: I.e. the Messiah
F71: Lit man
F72: Lit man
F73: Lit according to God
F74: Lit a place
F75: Lit the one
F76: Lit rotten
F77: Lit of the need
F78: Lit in
F79: Two early mss read us

R193: Ephesians 3:1
R194: Romans 12:1
R195: Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 1:10; 2:6; 1 Thessalonians 2:12
R196: Romans 11:29
R197: Romans 8:28f
R198: Colossians 3:12f
R199: Ephesians 1:4
R200: Colossians 3:14f
R201: 1 Corinthians 12:4ff; Ephesians 2:16,18
R202: Ephesians 1:18
R203: 1 Corinthians 8:6
R204: Romans 11:36
R205: 1 Corinthians 12:7,11
R206: Ephesians 3:2
R207: Romans 12:3
R208: Psalms 68:18
R209: Colossians 2:15
R210: John 3:13
R211: Isaiah 44:23
R212: Ephesians 1:20f; Hebrews 4:14; 7:26
R213: Ephesians 1:23
R214: Ephesians 4:8
R215: Acts 13:1; 1 Corinthians 12:28
R216: Acts 21:8
R217: Acts 13:1
R218: 2 Corinthians 13:9
R219: 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 1:23
R220: Ephesians 4:3,5
R221: John 6:69; Ephesians 1:17; Philippians 3:10
R222: 1 Corinthians 14:20; Colossians 1:28; Hebrews 5:14
R223: John 1:16; Ephesians 1:23
R224: 1 Corinthians 14:20
R225: James 1:6; Jude 1:12
R226: 1 Corinthians 3:19; 2 Corinthians 4:2; 11:3
R227: Ephesians 6:11
R228: Ephesians 1:4
R229: Ephesians 2:21
R230: Ephesians 1:22
R231: Romans 12:4f; Colossians 2:19
R232: Ephesians 1:4
R233: Colossians 2:4
R234: Ephesians 2:2; 4:22
R235: Romans 1:21; Colossians 2:18; 1 Peter 1:18; 2 Peter 2:18
R236: Romans 1:21
R237: Ephesians 2:1,12
R238: Acts 3:17; 17:30; 1 Corinthians 2:8; Hebrews 5:2; 9:7; 1 Peter 1:14
R239: Mark 3:5; Romans 11:7,25; 2 Corinthians 3:14
R240: 1 Timothy 4:2
R241: Romans 1:24
R242: Colossians 3:5
R243: Matthew 11:29
R244: Romans 10:14; Ephesians 1:13; 2:17; Colossians 1:5
R245: Colossians 2:7
R246: Ephesians 4:25,31; Colossians 3:8; Hebrews 12:1; James 1:21; 1 Peter 2:1
R247: Romans 6:6
R248: 2 Corinthians 11:3; Hebrews 3:13
R249: Romans 12:2
R250: Romans 13:14
R251: Romans 6:4; 7:6; 12:2; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:10
R252: Ephesians 2:10
R253: Ephesians 4:22,31; Colossians 3:8; Hebrews 12:1; James 1:21; 1 Peter 2:1
R254: Zechariah 8:16; Ephesians 4:15; Colossians 3:9
R255: Romans 12:5
R256: Psalms 4:4
R257: Romans 12:19; James 4:7
R258: Acts 20:35; 1 Corinthians 4:12; Galatians 6:10
R259: 1 Thessalonians 4:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:8,11f; Titus 3:8,14
R260: Luke 3:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:12
R261: Matthew 12:34; Ephesians 5:4; Colossians 3:8
R262: Ecclesiastes 10:12; Romans 14:19; Colossians 4:6
R263: Isaiah 63:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:19
R264: John 3:33; Ephesians 1:13
R265: Romans 3:14; Colossians 3:8,19
R266: Ephesians 4:22
R267: 1 Peter 2:1
R268: 1 Corinthians 13:4; Colossians 3:12f; 1 Peter 3:8
R269: Matthew 6:14f; 2 Corinthians 2:10


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