Live in Unity
4:1 I, therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, 1 urge you to live 2 worthily of the calling with which you have been called, 3 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, 4 with patience, bearing with 5 one another in love, 4:3 making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope of your calling, 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 4:8 Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he captured 6 captives; he gave gifts to men.” 7 4:9 Now what is the meaning of “he ascended,” except that he also descended 8 to the lower regions, 9 namely, the earth? 10 4:10 He, the very one 11 who descended, is also the one who ascended above all the heavens, in order to fill all things. 4:11 It was he 12 who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 13 4:12 to equip 14 the saints for the work of ministry, that is, 15 to build up the body of Christ, 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God – a mature person, attaining to 16 the measure of Christ’s full stature. 17 4:14 So 18 we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes. 19 4:15 But practicing the truth in love, 20 we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head. 4:16 From him the whole body grows, fitted and held together 21 through every supporting ligament. 22 As each one does its part, the body grows in love.