King James 2000
Walk in Unity of One Body
1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation by which you are called,
2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling;
5One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Use Spiritual Gifts for the Body
7But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8Therefore he says, 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?
10He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13Till 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 fullness of Christ:
14That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive;
15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, who is the head, even Christ:
16From whom the whole body being fitly joined together and knit together by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Walk in Christ as a New Man
17This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
19Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto licentiousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20But you have not so learned Christ;
21If so be that you have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22That you put off concerning the former way of life the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25Therefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.
26Be angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27Neither give place to the devil.
28Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs.
29Let 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.
30And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, by whom you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.
The King James 2000 Bible, copyright © Doctor of Theology Robert A. Couric 2000, 2003
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