The Right Walk is Unity
Ephesians 4:1-16
Your calling = church   Twice in Ephesians, Paul introduces quotations with "Therefore, it says.
Published June 1st, 2012
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Ephesians 4:1-16
παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς ἐγὼ ὁ δέσμιος ἐν κυρίῳ ἀξίως περιπατῆσαι τῆς κλήσεως ἧς ἐκλήθητε
Therefore (because of the glory of God in the church and in Christ), I, a prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling of which you have been called,
μετὰ πάσης ταπεινοφροσύνη� καὶ πραΰτητος μετὰ μακροθυμίας ἀνεχόμενοι ἀλλήλων ἐν ἀγάπῃ σπουδάζοντες τηρεῖν τὴν ἑνότητα τοῦ πνεύματος ἐν τῷ συνδέσμῳ τῆς εἰρήνης
[that is to say, walk] with all humility and meekness, with patience, bearing with one another in love being zealous to cleave to the unity of the Spirit in the ligament of peace
ἓν σῶμα καὶ ἓν πνεῦμα
(The grounds to this unity is) one body and one Spirit,
καθὼς καὶ ἐκλήθητε ἐν μιᾷ ἐλπίδι τῆς κλήσεως ὑμῶν
just as also you were called to one hope of your calling
εἷς κύριος μία πίστις ἓν βάπτισμα εἷς θεὸς καὶ πατὴρ πάντων ὁ ἐπὶ πάντων καὶ διὰ πάντων καὶ ἐν πᾶσιν
one Lord, one faith, one baptism one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all
ἑνὶ δὲ ἑκάστῳ ἡμῶν ἐδόθη ἡ χάρις κατὰ τὸ μέτρον τῆς δωρεᾶς τοῦ Χριστοῦ
(For to walk this way) Now to each one he gave grace according to the measure of Christ's gift
διὸ λέγει ἀναβὰς εἰς ὕψος ᾐχμαλώτευσεν αἰχμαλωσίαν ἔδωκεν δόματα τοῖς ἀνθρώποις
Therefore, it says, "He ascended on high and led captive captivity, he gave gifts to men."
τὸ δὲ ἀνέβη τί ἐστιν εἰ μὴ ὅτι καὶ κατέβη εἰς τὰ κατώτερα μέρη τῆς γῆς
Now, the "he ascended," what is it, if not that also he descended into the lower regions, that is the earth;
ὁ καταβὰς αὐτός ἐστιν καὶ ὁ ἀναβὰς ὑπεράνω πάντων τῶν οὐρανῶν
He who descended is also he who ascended far above all the heavens,
ἵνα πληρώσῃ τὰ πάντα
in order that he might fill all things
καὶ αὐτὸς ἔδωκεν τοὺς μὲν ἀποστόλους τοὺς δὲ προφήτας τοὺς δὲ εὐαγγελιστάς τοὺς δὲ ποιμένας καὶ διδασκάλους
And he himself gave the apostles, and the prophets, and the evangelists, and the shepherds and teachers,
πρὸς τὸν καταρτισμὸν τῶν ἁγίων
for the equipping of the saints
εἰς ἔργον διακονίας
for the work of ministry
εἰς οἰκοδομὴν τοῦ σώματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ
to the building up of the body of Christ
μέχρι καταντήσωμεν οἱ πάντες εἰς τὴν ἑνότητα τῆς πίστεως καὶ τῆς ἐπιγνώσεως τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ
(this equipping and building up will continue) until we might all attain the unity of faith and of knowledge of the Son of God,
εἰς ἄνδρα τέλειον
to mature manhood,
εἰς μέτρον ἡλικίας τοῦ πληρώματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ
to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
ἵνα μηκέτι ὦμεν νήπιοι κλυδωνιζόμενοι καὶ περιφερόμενοι παντὶ ἀνέμῳ τῆς διδασκαλίας ἐν τῇ κυβείᾳ τῶν ἀνθρώπων ἐν πανουργίᾳ πρὸς τὴν μεθοδείαν τῆς πλάνης
in order that we no longer be infants tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine by the cunning of man, by craftiness in deceitful schemes
ἀληθεύοντες δὲ ἐν ἀγάπῃ
But speaking the truth in love
αὐξήσωμεν εἰς αὐτὸν τὰ πάντα ὅς ἐστιν ἡ κεφαλή Χριστός
we might grow into him in every way who is the head, Christ
ἐξ οὗ πᾶν τὸ σῶμα συναρμολογούμε� καὶ συμβιβαζόμενον
from whom the whole body, being joined and held together
διὰ πάσης ἁφῆς τῆς ἐπιχορηγίας κατ' ἐνέργειαν ἐν μέτρῳ ἑνὸς ἑκάστου μέρους τὴν αὔξησιν τοῦ σώματος
by every supporting ligament, according to each member working its role
ποιεῖται εἰς οἰκοδομὴν ἑαυτοῦ
to make for the building up of itself
ἐν ἀγάπῃ
in love
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