Ephesians 4

Show verse 1 ToDo itemsHide verse 1 ToDo items1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
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T Remember, as Paul did, that you belong to the Lord.
T Live in a manner worthy of God’s calling in response to all that God has done for you.
I Know that we are each called to our own vocation.
I Know that our daily living before God should correspond to our high status as a child of God. [See 1 Peter 2:9]
F Know that it is impossible to live the Christian life without understanding biblical doctrine or principles from the Word of God.
F Know that right doctrine is foundational to right living.
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Show verse 2 ToDo itemsHide verse 2 ToDo items2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
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T Walk with all lowliness and meekness, just as Jesus did. [v1-2] [See Colossians 3:12-15]
C Know that lowliness and meekness are of great price in the sight of God. [See 1 Peter 3:4]
T Walk free from pride in all humbleness of mind. [See Philippians 2:3]
F Know that humility is the opposite of pride.
T Remain calm and in submission to the divine will, not easily provoked and without retaliation or murmuring at injury or provocation.
F Know that long suffering, gentleness and meekness are fruits of the Spirit. [See Galatians 5:22-23]
T Exercise great patience and restraint with one another in godly love.
F Know that bearing with one another in love involves receiving mistreatment from others without retaliation.
F Know that love is the catalyst for our forbearing with others rather than resenting or hurting them.
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Show verse 3 ToDo itemsHide verse 3 ToDo items3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
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T Do all that you can to guard and uphold the unity of the Holy Spirit with fellow believers by remaining at peace with them.
C Know that unity comes from the Holy Spirit.
F Know that the role of the Church is to preserve unity and not to create it.
F Know that humility promotes unity amongst believers.
F Know that comparison of self with others creates problems that hinder unity. [See 2 Corinthians 10:12]
F Know that pride and envy destroy unity. [See Proverbs 13:10, 16:18]
F Know that attempting to create unity through uniformity and political correctness at the expense of truth is not biblical.
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Show verse 4 ToDo itemsHide verse 4 ToDo items4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
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F Know that there is only one body, the body of Christ: the Church.
F Know that there is only one Holy Spirit.
F Know that the power of the church does not come from anything other than the Holy Spirit.
F Know that all believers share in the same joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation to which they are called.
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Show verse 5 ToDo itemsHide verse 5 ToDo items5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
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F Know that there is only one Lord, the Lord Jesus Christ.
F Know that there is only one true faith, faith in Jesus Christ.
F Know that there is only one baptism, baptism into Christ.
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Show verse 6 ToDo itemsHide verse 6 ToDo items6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
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F Know that there is only one true God.
F Know that God is the Father of all.
C Know that God is over all, works through all and is in all believers.
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Show verse 7 ToDo itemsHide verse 7 ToDo items7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
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F Know that everyone is freely given a particular gift of grace by Jesus Christ. [See Romans 12:6-8]
F Know that there is diversity within the body of Christ because of the different gifts given to each believer seperately by Jesus.
F Know that there is room for everyone in the service of King Jesus.
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Show verse 8 ToDo itemsHide verse 8 ToDo items8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
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F Know that when the risen Jesus ascended up on high He led captivity captive and gave gifts to men.
T Take note how Paul refers to the divinity and works of the risen Jesus by referencing the scriptures. [See Psalms 68:18]
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Show verse 9 ToDo itemsHide verse 9 ToDo items9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
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F Know that the Son of God descended into the lower parts of the earth (Sheol) after His death for three days and three nights before His triumphant ascension. [See Matthew 12:40]
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Show verse 10 ToDo itemsHide verse 10 ToDo items10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
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F Know that the risen Jesus ascended back up to heaven so that He might fulfil all things.
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Show verse 11 ToDo itemsHide verse 11 ToDo items11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
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F Know that Jesus gave gifts to men for some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists and some pastors and teachers.
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Show verse 12 ToDo itemsHide verse 12 ToDo items12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
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F Know that the gifts of Jesus are for the equipping of the saints, the work of the ministry and for the building up and teaching of the church.
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Show verse 13 ToDo itemsHide verse 13 ToDo items13 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:
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F Know that the gifts of Jesus are to enable all in the body of Christ to unite in the faith and in relationhip with Jesus to attain spiritual maturity and become fully like Christ. [v11-13]
F Know that Jesus is our role model. (He is the best illustration of how to live a Christian life.)
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Show verse 14 ToDo itemsHide verse 14 ToDo items14 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;
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T Don’t allow yourself to remain spiritually immature.
F Know that the spiritually immature are tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine.
W Beware those who, by the skillful trickery of false doctrine, lie in wait to deceive you.
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Show verse 15 ToDo itemsHide verse 15 ToDo items15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
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T Act and speak sincerely in love.
T Seek to grow spiritually to become spiritually mature and like Jesus in every way. [v14-15]
F Know that as head of the church Jesus leads by example.
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Show verse 16 ToDo itemsHide verse 16 ToDo items16 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.
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F Know that it is God’s intention that the whole body is tightly joined together and brought closer in unity through the supply of every joint as each individual works effectively together to supply the needs of the body causing it to grow in number and to be built up further in love.
F Know that the Christian faith is not to be lived in isolation from the body of Christ.
F Know that everyone in the body of Christ has a unique gifting from Christ and part to play.
F Know that every part of the body (including you) is needed!
P Know that God’s plan for your life will benefit others in the body of Christ.
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Show verse 17 ToDo itemsHide verse 17 ToDo items17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
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T Stop behaving like other Gentiles who live only for their own futile pursuits and vain thoughts.
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Show verse 18 ToDo itemsHide verse 18 ToDo items18 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:
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F Know that the Gentiles live in spiritual darkness without understanding and do not live for God.
F Know that the Gentiles are ignorant because of the hardness of their hearts.
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Show verse 19 ToDo itemsHide verse 19 ToDo items19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
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F Know that the Gentiles are insensitive to spiritual matters and prefer to indulge their sensual appetites pleasing their flesh and natural desires in all kinds of impurity.
F Know that the Gentiles are never satisfied but continually lust after ways that are even more ungodly.
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Show verse 20 ToDo itemsHide verse 20 ToDo items20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
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F Know that Jesus did not teach you to live like other Gentiles. [v17-20]
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Show verse 21 ToDo itemsHide verse 21 ToDo items21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
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C Know that Jesus wants us to hear Him so that He can teach us the truth.
C Know that the truth is found in Jesus.
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Show verse 22 ToDo itemsHide verse 22 ToDo items22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
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F Know that if you have heard and been taught the truth by Jesus then you can no longer live and behave as you did before according to your old nature. [v21-22]
T Choose to lay aside your old sinful nature and behaviours.
F Know that your old nature was corrupted by selfish and deceitful desires.
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Show verse 23 ToDo itemsHide verse 23 ToDo items23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
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T Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
T Change your mind and adopt the mindset of Christ.
T Change the way that you think because of what God has done for you and because of what you are learning about God.
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Show verse 24 ToDo itemsHide verse 24 ToDo items24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
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T Having chosen to lay aside your old nature, now clothe yourself in righteousness and true holiness after the likeness of God. [v22-24]
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Show verse 25 ToDo itemsHide verse 25 ToDo items25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
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T Stop telling lies and always speak the truth to everyone.
I Speak the truth to everyone because we are all members of one another (the body of Christ).
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Show verse 26 ToDo itemsHide verse 26 ToDo items26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
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T Be angry without sinning.
T Don’t hold on to your anger; be rid of it before the end of the day.
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Show verse 27 ToDo itemsHide verse 27 ToDo items27 Neither give place to the devil.
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T Don’t give the devil any room to operate anywhere in your life.
T Don’t listen to the false accusations or give in to the temptations of the devil.
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Show verse 28 ToDo itemsHide verse 28 ToDo items28 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.
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T Stop stealing and work hard instead.
T Work hard so that you may have to give to those in need.
F Know that work is not just to satisfy your own needs but also those of others.
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Show verse 29 ToDo itemsHide verse 29 ToDo items29 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.
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T Let no bad or worthless words come out of your mouth.
T Do not speak in an impure or critical way.
T Speak kind and encouraging words that bless and build up those who hear.
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Show verse 30 ToDo itemsHide verse 30 ToDo items30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
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T Do not make the Holy Spirit of God sorrowful by the way that you speak or act.
I Know that the Holy Spirit is God’s mark of ownership upon us that reserves us as His until the day of redemption when we will receive our resurrected bodies (when we die or at The Rapture).
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Show verse 31 ToDo itemsHide verse 31 ToDo items31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
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T Put all bitterness away from you so that you no longer bear grudges or hatred towards anyone.
T Put all anger and resentment away from you.
T Do not get into heated disputes and shout loud and angry complaints and demands.
T Stop all negative, slanderous and evil speaking.
T Put away all spiteful thoughts, revenge and unprovoked ill-will towards others.
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Show verse 32 ToDo itemsHide verse 32 ToDo items32 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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T Become kind to one another. [See Romans 12:10]
T Become compassionate and sympathetic to one another.
T Forgive one another, just as God has forgiven you for Christ’s sake.
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