THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
III. The Living and Responsibility
Needed for the Church
in the Holy Spirit
A. The Living and Responsibility Needed
in the Body of Christ
1. The Keeping of the Oneness of the Spirit
1 I beseech you therefore, 1I, the 2aprisoner bin the Lord, to 3cwalk worthily of the dcalling with which you were ecalled,
2 With all 1alowliness and bmeekness, with clong-suffering, bearing one another in dlove,
3 Being diligent to 1keep the 2aoneness of the Spirit in the uniting 3bbond of cpeace:
4 1One aBody and one Spirit, even as also you were called in one 2bhope of your ccalling;
5 One 1aLord, one 2bfaith, one cbaptism;
6 One 1aGod and bFather of 2all, who is 3over all and through all and in all.
2. The Functioning of the Gifts and the Growth
and Building Up of the Body of Christ
7 1But to each one of us 2agrace was given according to the 3bmeasure of the cgift of Christ.
8 Therefore the Scripture says, "Having aascended to the 1height, He led captive 2those taken captive and gave 3bgifts to men.''
9 (Now this, "He aascended,'' what is it except that He also descended into the 1blower parts of the earth?
10 He who descended, He is also the One who ascended afar above all the heavens that He might 1bfill all things.)
11 And He Himself gave 1some as aapostles and some as bprophets and some as cevangelists and some as 2shepherds and dteachers,
12 For the 1aperfecting of the saints 2unto the work of the 3bministry, 2unto the 4cbuilding up of the dBody of Christ,
13 Until we all 1arrive at the 2aoneness of the bfaith and of the full cknowledge of the 3dSon of God, at a 4efull-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the 5ffullness of 3Christ,
14 That we may be no longer 1alittle children tossed by 2waves and carried about by every 3wind of bteaching in the 4sleight of men, in ccraftiness with a view to a 5system of error,
15 But 1holding to truth in 2alove, we may 3bgrow up into Him in all things, who is the 4cHead, Christ,
16 1Out from whom aall the Body, being 2bjoined together and being 2knit together through every 3cjoint of 4the rich supply 5and through the 6operation in the dmeasure of 7each one part, 8causes the 9egrowth of the Body unto the fbuilding up of itself in 10glove.
B. The Living Needed in the Daily Walk
1. Basic Principles
17 This therefore I say and 1testify ain the Lord, that you no longer 2bwalk as the cGentiles also dwalk in the 3evanity of their mind,
18 Being 1adarkened in their understanding, alienated from the 2blife of God because of the 3cignorance which is in them, because of the 4dhardness of their heart;
19 Who, 1abeing past feeling, have bgiven themselves over to lasciviousness to work all uncleanness in greediness.
20 But you did not so 1alearn Christ,
21 If indeed you have heard Him and have been ataught in Him as the 1breality is in Jesus,
22 1That you 2aput off, as regards your 3former manner of life, the 4bold man, which is being corrupted according to the lusts of 5the deceit,
23 And that you be 1arenewed in the 2bspirit of your mind
24 And 1aput on the 2bnew man, which was ccreated according to 3God in 4drighteousness and 4eholiness of 5the freality.
2. The Details of This Living
25 1Therefore having aput off the 2blie, speak 2ctruth each one with his neighbor, for we are dmembers one of another.
26 Be 1aangry, yet do bnot sin; do not let the csun go down on your 2dindignation,
27 Neither 1give place to the adevil.
28 He who steals should 1asteal no more, but rather should 2blabor, working with his own chands in 3that which is respectable, that he may have something to 2dshare with him who has need.
29 Let no 1acorrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but only that which is good for 2bbuilding up, according to the need, that it may give 3cgrace to those who hear.
30 And do not 1agrieve the Holy 2Spirit of God, 3in whom you were 4bsealed 5unto the day of 6credemption.
31 Let all bitterness and anger and wrath and clamor and evil speaking be aremoved from you, with all malice.
32 And be akind to one another, 1btenderhearted, 2cforgiving one another, even as 3God in Christ also 4forgave you.