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1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are 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. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. 17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

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1 Stephanie C = "Ephesians 4:1 - I ask that you walk and walk correctly in Gods name.He is saying to himself.And to walk In the calling of the lord."
2 Benjamin V = "Ephesians 4:1 - Here we have the pivotal verse in the book of Ephesians. This verse, appearing exactly halfway through the six-chapter book, ties the two halves together.Through the first three chapters of the book, Paul has been teaching important truth to the Christians in Ephesus. He has been explaining who they are, now that they have believed on Christ. He has told them about their new relationship to God, the new purpose for their lives, the ways that God has blessed them and will continue to bless them, and their new unity as believers in Christ.The "therefore" in this verse could be read "because of all these things." Paul says, "Because of everything I've just told you, here is how you should be living."Specifically, they should be living worthy of their vocation. A vocation is similar to a job or occupation. In this passage, it specifically refers to a calling. When someone in life finds their calling, it shapes who they are and how they live their lives. Since these Ephesian Christians had found their calling as believers in Christ, Paul encourages them to live lives that match that calling.The final three chapters of Ephesians are intensely practical. They give instructions for everyday life. What a balance this book gives to the Christian life! A Christian's new identity determines the way he should live, and God's goodness to him leads him to be obedient to God in return."
3 Deena E = "Ephesians 4:1 - Prior to Paul's conversion, he was responsible for imprisoning Christians; in fact he was so zealous about it that many believers feared him. In Acts 9 he is confronted by Jesus Himself and converted. Later we read about Paul's travels and  ministry in various places in Rome. He spent two years ministering in Ephesus (Acts 19:10). There his ministry was so effective, that it was considered responsible for the spreading of the Gospel in the entire region of Asia Minor. After being the persecutor, Paul is now persecuted (preparing for trial) writing this letter from the Roman prison urging the Ephesians to walk worthy of their calling in Christ. As a "prisoner of the Lord," Paul is in chains for who/what he believes in and even willing to go all the way to death for this. Being in the position of one who is walking in a manner worthy of his calling, it is not out of place for Paul to urge and encourage others to do so.  Hindson, Ed and Elmer Towns. Illustrated Bible Survey, An Introduction. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, Inc. 2009. "
4 Cary W = "There seems to be two main points to these instructions from Paul; first that we must continually remind ourselves or our fallen past and tendencies, so as to not be unruly with others.  And that to also keep this precious bond of unity or equality with God in Christ and each other, we must remain humble, trusting this is God's work, people and planet and that our own wrath accomplishes nothing good."
5 Cary W = "Ephesians 4:1-6 - Amazing admonishment from "the Lord's Prisoner", Paul, for while his body has been imprisoned by men, he only has heart for the One Father of us all, and as such, reveals the attitude of one who not only is fully devoted in heart, mind and body to Him, but offers His same love and attitude toward his readers.The only way we are going to heal our marriages, families, cities, country and world is with such an attitude as we see demonstrated in Paul.  Being of a lowly and meek mind, suffering and forbearing each other because love is greater still.This section demonstrates no separation in the mind. No religious sectarianism, or nationalism, or class.  We are all members of one body (Christ), one Spirit, and one singular hope of calling...to be equal sons and daughters of the one Father of us all."
6 Benjamin V = "Ephesians 4:2 - In Chapter 4 of Ephesians, Paul begins to describe the practical life of a Christian. He begins by tying this way of life to a Christian's calling. Because of a Christian's new relationship to God, because of all of God's goodness and grace to him, because of God's new purpose for his life, he ought to live a certain way.These initial verses in Ephesians 4 are not what someone would expect to read. Paul says nothing of living a moral life. He says nothing of abstaining from sin (though that will come later). The most important command that Paul gives to these Christians has to do with their attitudes and their relationships with each other.Living worthy of the calling of a Christian means first to be lowly and meek. That is the only appropriate attitude for Christians to have. Why? Because of everything God has done for us that we don't deserve! God has forgiven our sins, he has called us his children, he has given us free and immediate access to himself, he has given us new life. He even promises to show us his goodness for eternity. This is not something we've earned (Eph. 2:8-9). This is something God has given us freely because of his grace.How else should a Christian be, other than humble, meek, and lowly? In addition, Christians ought to be longsuffering with each other. To "forbear" each other in love means to put up with each other's faults. Paul says, "Because of the grace and forgiveness God has given you, you ought to give this same grace and forgiveness to others."When a Christian recognizes the undeserved blessings he has been given, he has no legitimate option but to live humbly and meekly and to give those same blessings to others."
7 Deena E = "Ephesians 4:2 - This is how believers are to walk worthy of the calling:"With all lowliness" The Greek word transliterated tapeinophrosynē; according to Strong's Lexicon, this word lowliness is defined as "the having a humble opinion of oneself or a deep sense of one's (moral) littleness."
8 Deena E = "Ephesians 4:2 - Meekness refers to gentleness. Ephesus was known for its wealth and trade. I imagine it being much like any modern flourishing region of the U.S., for instance New York. Gentleness or meekness is generally viewed as weakness in this type of environment. A lowly and meek demeanor would go against every proud grain in society."
9 Deena E = "Ephesians 4:2 - The word "longsuffering" sounds like so awful. It actually comes from the Greek word μακροθύμως transliterated-makrothymia.It means patience, endurance, perseverance, SLOWNESS IN AVENGING WRONGS."
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11 Benjamin V = "Ephesians 4:3-6 - As Paul describes the practical life of a Christian, he begins with the unity that Christians have with each other. Believers in Christ have a common bond that makes them one family, even one body.Paul's practical commands to the Christians in Ephesus begin with the need to keep peace with each other. The importance of this command is paramount. How neglected this command has been throughout the history of the church!The reason for the unity is that believers in Christ have one Spirit inside of them. God has come to live in them. Why should there be fighting and hatred when the same Spirit lives in every Christian?Christians are part of one body, having the same purpose. They serve the same Lord, they share the same faith, they have been immersed or baptized into the same family, they have the same Father who works in their lives and through their lives.This new identity, this unity, ought to be a driving force in the way Christians live their lives. According to verse 1, this is how Christians live worthy of their new calling. Thus, when a Christian truly understands his calling as a believer in Christ, the result will be a new desire for peace and unity with his brothers and sisters."
12 Cary W = "In this day of so many religions, spiritual paths and teachings, it is wise to remember that God alone sees each heart and knows the work and plans set in eternity to bring each one home.  Our mission is to find and share the one true faith, spirit and body of Christ with all people."
13 Randy O = "Ephesians 4:7-13 - Let's begin with vs. 7, the GIFT of Christ. The gift is the Holy Spirit, which Jesus received of the Father and gave to those who believe on His name. Jesus told his disciples this the night before he was crucified in John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  Jesus also told his disciples, on the day of his ascension to heaven,  to wait for this GIFT  in Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.Verse 7 tells us we are given grace according to the MEASURE of the gift of Christ. (Christ is the Greek word for the Hebrew word Messiah. It is a title, not a name. Messiah in Hebrew means anointed. It is used 39 times in the Old Testament, 37 times as a common noun meaning anointed and only twice ((in the book of Daniel)) is it translated as a proper noun Messiah and refers to the anointed one who is to come. The anointing is the indwelling of the HOLY SPIRIT. Therefore the gift of Christ is the gift of Messiah who clearly is Jesus)We are given the Holy Spirit by measure which means a portion of the Holy Spirit not the fullness. Paul tell us that God has given us the 'earnest of the Spirit'. Earnest in this context is like earnest money in a contract. It is just a small down payment guaranteeing the rest of the payment upon completion of the contract.  You can find this in 2 Cor. 1:22 and 2 Cor 5:5. Jesus on the other hand was given the fullness of the Holy Spirit as John the Baptist testified of Him in John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.Because we are given the Holy Spirit by measure we see a diversity of ministries in the Church as referred to in verse 11 of this passage. But let's examine the incredible truth of verse 7, unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.Since we have not been given the fullness of the Holy Spirit God has given us GRACE to make up the difference.  Think of it as a reciprocal relationship.  If we have 1% of the Holy Spirit we also have 99% Grace.  If we have 15% of the Holy Spirit we also have 85% Grace.  Therefore when we walk in the Spirit we are in complete agreement with God and when we get into the flesh we are in grace.God the Father knows that we are not able to walk in the fullness of the Holy Spirit and so in that which we lack He gives us grace. How awesome is our God! In verse 8 we see Paul quoting Psalms 68:18. Psalms 68:18 is one of the most important prophetic verses in the bible. It prophesies of God's promise to dwell in His people by His Holy Spirit. This is in fact our Father's 'end game'. It is the place of His rest, His very purpose in creating man. This verse, interestingly enough, is mistranslated in nearly every English bible translation except the KJV, Young's Literal Translation and the Jubilee Bible 2000. It is in fact completely backwards in most translations including the very popular NIV. I find it disturbing that those who translated those errant versions did not know enough about the eternal purposes of God to get this verse right.Psalms 68:18 KJV Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them.In verse 9 of this section we see Paul expounding on this passage about the one who ascended is also he who descended to earth.  In verse 10 Paul continues that he who descended to earth is also he who once again ascended high above the heavens.Paul clearly wants his readers to understand that the person referred to in Ps 68:18 is Jesus.  Jesus is the only person in the bible to have started out high above the heavens, descended to earth and then returned high above the heavens again.  When Jesus tells his disciples that he is going away and will send them the promise of the Father, the Holy Spirit, he is telling them that He is about to fulfill the prophecy of Psalms 68:18. And that the gifts promised in Ps 68:18 are the gifts of the Holy Spirit.In verse 10 of this passage Paul lists five of these gifts of the Holy Spirit as anointing of apostleship, prophetic ministry, evangelical anointings, teaching abilities and pastoral anointings.  These particular manifestations of the Holy Spirit are for the equipping and edifying of all believers. I believe Paul focuses on these equipping gifts in this passage because the theme of this chapter is about how to live our daily lives in Christ (Messiah) as anointed ones.He wants us to understand that we have been given both the earnest of the Holy Spirit and grace to live out our lives growing in the knowledge of the Father and His Son until the final day when we are redeemed from this body into our perfect one."
14 Deena E = "Ephesians 4:13 - Paul is saying here that God's people (individually) won't measure up to where God fully wants them to be until they are (all collectively) united in one faith and the knowledge of Christ.With all the different Christian denominations this seems so daunting..."
15 Cary W = "Ephesians 4:13 - You may have heard, "Be ye perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect".  Most of us are all to aware of how imperfect all humans are, especially our own selves.  Yet the hope of having perfection comes in only one way:  knowledge of the Son of God.  Not book knowledge, but personal experiential knowledge.  The kind that comes from direct contact with God.Earlier this chapter stated only one faith, one God and Father of us all.  In another of Paul's writings he strongly admonishes that we take off the garment of the flesh or body and redress ourselves with Christ.  Just put Him on like a shirt!  As we lay aside our own perceptions of self, others and even the world, and just boldly, confidently put Christ on as our own person, we then begin to see His Spirit of perfection shine through us.  This then in turn burns off and transforms, transmutes all imperfection, dis-ease, and imbalance into "the measure of the stature or position of the fulness of Christ, which is God manifest in us!"
16 Ben N = "Ephesians 4:14-15 - When we look to men and books for answers, we are led this way and that according to what's in fashion, and we are easily led astray by those who seek to manipulate us. The mark of spiritual maturity and wisdom is to be steadfast in the Truth revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. To trust in Christ, who lives in us, and look not outside for answers."
17 Ben N = "Ephesians 4:21-24 - To truly follow the teachings of Jesus is to undergo a radical inner transformation. We must overcome the habits and desires ingrained in us, and learn to live in holiness, according to the guidance of the Holy Spirit."
18 Cary W = "Anger and judgment have never done a soul any good.  It in fact invites more trouble and ungodliness (giving place to the devil and his works).  May we be ever so quick to forgive every slight and grievance and seek the highest good of God for all concerned.  Amen!"
19 Cary W = "I daily ask the Spirit to search my heart and mind for anything I have engaged that might grieve Him, such as bitterness, anger, or corrupt communication and replace the with tenderheartedness, edification and gentle kindness."