I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy
of the calling to which you have been called,
2 with all humility
and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
3 making every
effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one
body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of
5 one Lord, one
faith, one baptism,
6 one God and
Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
7 But each of
us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
8 Therefore it
is said, ‘When he ascended on high he made captivity itself
a captive; he gave gifts to his people.’
9 (When it says,
‘He ascended’, what does it mean but that he had also
descended into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He who descended
is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that
he might fill all things.)
11 The gifts he
gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists,
some pastors and teachers,
12 to equip the
saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
13 until all of
us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son
of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.
14 We must no
longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind
of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in
15 But speaking
the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is
the head, into Christ,
16 from whom the
whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which
it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s
growth in building itself up in love.