Ephesians 4: There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope

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Ephesians 4
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I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
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with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
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endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
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There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
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one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
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one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
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But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.
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Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men."
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(Now this, "He ascended"; what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
10
He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
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And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12
for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
13
till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
14
that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
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but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head; Christ;
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from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
17
This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,
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having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;
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who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
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But you have not so learned Christ,
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if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:
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that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
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and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
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and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
25
Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another.
26
"Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
27
nor give place to the devil.
28
Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
29
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
30
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
32
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:1-6

2. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all

Ephesians 4:1-6
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I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
2
with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
3
endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
5
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6
one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

  1. What did Paul beg them to become worthy of?
    • Ephesians 4:1
      I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
  2. How were they to bear with one another?
    • Ephesians 4:2
      with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
  3. What are we to endeavor to keep?
    • Ephesians 4:3
      endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
  4. How many bodies of Christ are there?
    • Ephesians 4:4
      There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
  5. What were we called to?
    • Ephesians 4:4
      There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
  6. How many Lords, faiths, and baptisms are there?
    • Ephesians 4:5
      one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
  7. Who is above all?
    • Ephesians 4:6
      one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Ephesians 4:7-10

3. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift

Ephesians 4:7-10
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But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.
8
Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men."
9
(Now this, "He ascended"; what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
10
He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

  1. What was given to each one of us?
    • Ephesians 4:7
      But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.
  2. When He ascended on high, what did He do?
    • Ephesians 4:8
      Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men."
  3. Where did He first descend?
    • Ephesians 4:9
      (Now this, "He ascended"; what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
  4. Where did He ascend?
    • Ephesians 4:10
      He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

Ephesians 4:11-16

4. And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ

Ephesians 4:11-16
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And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12
for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
13
till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
14
that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
15
but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head; Christ;
16
from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

  1. What gifts did He give?
    • Ephesians 4:11
      And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
  2. What are these gifts supposed to equip us to do? What is this to build up?
    • Ephesians 4:12
      for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
  3. When will this be done?  When it is done, what will we all be like?
    • Ephesians 4:13
      till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
  4. If a person remains as a child, what will they be tossed by?
    • Ephesians 4:14
      that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
  5. How will false teachers trick them?
    • Ephesians 4:14
      that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
  6. What will happen when we speak the truth in love?
    • Ephesians 4:15
      but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head; Christ;
  7. What allows the whole body to be joined and knit together?
    • Ephesians 4:16
      from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
  8. What does each part need to do?  What is the result?
    • Ephesians 4:16
      from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Ephesians 4:17-19

5. This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them

Ephesians 4:17-19
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This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,
18
having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;
19
who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

  1. How are we to no longer walk?
    • Ephesians 4:17
      This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,
  2. What has happened to their understanding? 
    • Ephesians 4:17
      This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,
  3. Who are they alienated from? 
    • Ephesians 4:17
      This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,
  4. Why is this ignorance is in them?
    • Ephesians 4:18
      having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;
  5. Being past feeling, what have they given themselves over to?
    • Ephesians 4:19
      who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

Ephesians 4:20-24

6. Put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind

Ephesians 4:20-24
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But you have not so learned Christ,
21
if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22
that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
23
and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24
and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

  1. For us to be different, what is necessary?
    • Ephesians 4:20
      But you have not so learned Christ,
      Ephesians 4:21
      if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:
  2. Why must we put off our former conduct?
    • Ephesians 4:22
      that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
  3. How are we to be renewed?
    • Ephesians 4:23
      and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
  4. How is the new man created?  What results?
    • Ephesians 4:24
      and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:25-32

7. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you

Ephesians 4:25-32
25
Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another.
26
"Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
27
nor give place to the devil.
28
Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
29
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
30
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
32
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

  1. How are we to speak to our neighbor?
    • Ephesians 4:25
      Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another.
  2. Why?
    • Ephesians 4:25
      Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another.
  3. When we are angry, what are we not to do?
    • Ephesians 4:26
      "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
  4. If we let the sun go down on our anger, what will that give to the devil?
    • Ephesians 4:27
      nor give place to the devil.
  5. What are those who used to steal, do now?
    • Ephesians 4:28
      Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
  6. What words should come out of our mouth?  Why?
    • Ephesians 4:29
      Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
  7. Who are we not to grieve?  What were we sealed for?
    • Ephesians 4:30
      And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
  8. What is to be put away from us?
    • Ephesians 4:31
      Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
  9. How are we to be to one another? 
    • Ephesians 4:32
      And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.
  10. Why must we forgive each other?
    • Ephesians 4:32
      And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.