He exhorteth to unity,
Ephesians 4:1 I therefore the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that yee walke worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, Ephesians 4:2 With all lowlinesse and meekenesse, with long suffering, forbearing one another in loue. Ephesians 4:3 Endeuouring to keepe the vnitie of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:4 [There is] one body, and one spirit, euen as yee are called in one hope of your calling. Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one Faith, one Baptisme, Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is aboue all, & through all, & in you all.
and declareth that God therefore giveth
Ephesians 4:7 But vnto euery one of vs is giuen grace, according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Ephesians 4:8 Wherefore he saith: When he ascended vp on high, he led captiuitie captiue, and gaue gifts vnto men. Ephesians 4:9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that hee also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? Ephesians 4:10 He that descended, is the same also that ascended vp far aboue all heauens, that he might fill all things.)
divers gifts unto men,
Ephesians 4:11 And he gaue some, Apostles: and some, Prophets: and some, Euangelists: and some, Pastors, and teachers: Ephesians 4:12 For the perfecting of the Saints, for the worke of the ministerie, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
that his Church might be edified,
Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the vnitie of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Sonne of God, vnto a perfect man, vnto the measure of the stature of the fulnesse of Christ: Ephesians 4:14 That we hencefoorth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and caried about with euery winde of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftinesse, whereby they lye in waite to deceiue: Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the trueth in loue, may grow vp into him in all things which is the head, [euen] Christ:
and grown up in Christ.
Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly ioyned together, and compacted by that which euery ioynt supplyeth, according to the effectuall working in the measure of euery part, maketh increase of the body, vnto the edifying of it selfe in loue. Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore and testifie in the Lord, that yee henceforth walke not as other Gentiles walke in the vanitie of their minde,
He calleth them from the impurity of the Gentiles,
Ephesians 4:18 Hauing the vnderstanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindnesse of their heart: Ephesians 4:19 Who being past feeling, haue giuen themselues ouer vnto lasciuiousnesse, to worke all vncleannesse with greedinesse. Ephesians 4:20 But ye haue not so learned Christ: Ephesians 4:21 If so be that ye haue heard him, and haue bene taught by him, as the trueth is in Iesus, Ephesians 4:22 That yee put off concerning the former conuersation, the olde man, which is corrupt according to the deceitfull lusts: Ephesians 4:23 And bee renewed in the spirit of your minde:
to put on the new man,
Ephesians 4:24 And that yee put on that new man, which after God is created in righteousnesse, and true holinesse.
to cast off lying,
Ephesians 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speake euery man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry and sinne not, let not the Sunne go down vpon your wrath: Ephesians 4:27 Neither giue place to the deuill. Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole, steale no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] handes the thing which is good, that he may haue to giue to him that needeth.
and corrupt communication.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceede out of your mouth, but that which is good to the vse of edifying, that it may minister grace vnto the hearers. Ephesians 4:30 And grieue not the holy Sririt of God, whereby yee are sealed vnto the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitternes, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and euill speaking, be put away from you, with all malice, Ephesians 4:32 And bee ye kinde one to another. tender hearted, forgiuing one another, euen as God for Christs sake hath forgiuen you.