III. The Living and Responsibility
Needed for the Church
in the Holy Spirit
A. The Living and Responsibility Needed
in the Body of Christ
1. The Keeping of the Oneness of the Spirit
1 I beseech you therefore, 1I, the 2aprisoner bin the Lord, to 3cwalk worthily of the dcalling with which you were ecalled,
2 With all 1alowliness and bmeekness, with clong-suffering, bearing one another in dlove,
3 Being diligent to 1keep the 2aoneness of the Spirit in the uniting 3bbond of cpeace:
4 1One aBody and one Spirit, even as also you were called in one 2bhope of your ccalling;
5 One 1aLord, one 2bfaith, one cbaptism;
6 One 1aGod and bFather of 2all, who is 3over all and through all and in all.
2. The Functioning of the Gifts and the Growth
and Building Up of the Body of Christ
7 1But to each one of us 2agrace was given according to the 3bmeasure of the cgift of Christ.
8 Therefore the Scripture says, "Having aascended to the 1height, He led captive 2those taken captive and gave 3bgifts to men.''
9 (Now this, "He aascended,'' what is it except that He also descended into the 1blower parts of the earth?
10 He who descended, He is also the One who ascended afar above all the heavens that He might 1bfill all things.)
11 And He Himself gave 1some as aapostles and some as bprophets and some as cevangelists and some as 2shepherds and dteachers,
12 For the 1aperfecting of the saints 2unto the work of the 3bministry, 2unto the 4cbuilding up of the dBody of Christ,
13 Until we all 1arrive at the 2aoneness of the bfaith and of the full cknowledge of the 3dSon of God, at a 4efull-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the 5ffullness of 3Christ,
14 That we may be no longer 1alittle children tossed by 2waves and carried about by every 3wind of bteaching in the 4sleight of men, in ccraftiness with a view to a 5system of error,
15 But 1holding to truth in 2alove, we may 3bgrow up into Him in all things, who is the 4cHead, Christ,
16 1Out from whom aall the Body, being 2bjoined together and being 2knit together through every 3cjoint of 4the rich supply 5and through the 6operation in the dmeasure of 7each one part, 8causes the 9egrowth of the Body unto the fbuilding up of itself in 10glove.
B. The Living Needed in the Daily Walk
1. Basic Principles
17 This therefore I say and 1testify ain the Lord, that you no longer 2bwalk as the cGentiles also dwalk in the 3evanity of their mind,
18 Being 1adarkened in their understanding, alienated from the 2blife of God because of the 3cignorance which is in them, because of the 4dhardness of their heart;
19 Who, 1abeing past feeling, have bgiven themselves over to lasciviousness to work all uncleanness in greediness.
20 But you did not so 1alearn Christ,
21 If indeed you have heard Him and have been ataught in Him as the 1breality is in Jesus,
22 1That you 2aput off, as regards your 3former manner of life, the 4bold man, which is being corrupted according to the lusts of 5the deceit,
23 And that you be 1arenewed in the 2bspirit of your mind
24 And 1aput on the 2bnew man, which was ccreated according to 3God in 4drighteousness and 4eholiness of 5the freality.
2. The Details of This Living
25 1Therefore having aput off the 2blie, speak 2ctruth each one with his neighbor, for we are dmembers one of another.
26 Be 1aangry, yet do bnot sin; do not let the csun go down on your 2dindignation,
27 Neither 1give place to the adevil.
28 He who steals should 1asteal no more, but rather should 2blabor, working with his own chands in 3that which is respectable, that he may have something to 2dshare with him who has need.
29 Let no 1acorrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but only that which is good for 2bbuilding up, according to the need, that it may give 3cgrace to those who hear.
30 And do not 1agrieve the Holy 2Spirit of God, 3in whom you were 4bsealed 5unto the day of 6credemption.
31 Let all bitterness and anger and wrath and clamor and evil speaking be aremoved from you, with all malice.
32 And be akind to one another, 1btenderhearted, 2cforgiving one another, even as 3God in Christ also 4forgave you.
1 Be therefore 1aimitators of God, as beloved children;
2 And awalk in 1blove, even as 2Christ also cloved 3us and gave Himself up for us, an 4offering and a 4dsacrifice to God for a 5esweet-smelling savor.
3 But 1afornication and all uncleanness or greediness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for 2saints,
4 And aobscenity and foolish talking or sly, filthy jesting, which are not becoming, but rather the 1bgiving of thanks.
5 For this you 1realize, 2knowing that every fornicator or unclean person or greedy person (who is an idolater) has no inheritance in the 3akingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no one deceive you with avain words, for because of these things the bwrath of God is coming upon the csons of disobedience.
7 Therefore do not be apartakers with them;
8 For you were aonce 1bdarkness but are now 1clight din the Lord; 2ewalk as 3fchildren of light
9 (For the afruit of the light consists in all 1goodness and brighteousness and ctruth),
10 aProving what is well pleasing to the Lord.
11 And do not aparticipate in the 1unfruitful bworks of darkness, but rather even 2creprove them.
12 For the things which are done by them in secret it is shameful even to speak of.
13 But all things which are 1areproved are made manifest by the light; for everything that makes bmanifest is light.
14 Therefore He says, aAwake, 1sleeper, and barise from the cdead, and 2Christ will dshine on you.
15 1Look therefore carefully how you awalk, not as unwise, but as bwise,
16 1aRedeeming the time, because the 2bdays are evil.
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but 1aunderstand what the bwill of the Lord is.
18 And do not be 1drunk with awine, in which is dissoluteness, but be 1bfilled in cspirit,
19 1Speaking to one another in 2apsalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and psalming with your heart to the Lord,
20 aGiving thanks 1at all times for all things 2in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our God and Father,
21 Being 1asubject to 2one another in the 3fear of Christ:
C. The Living Needed in Ethical Relationships
1. Between Wife and Husband
22 1aWives, be bsubject 2to your 3own husbands as to the Lord;
(A Type of the Church and Christ
23 For a husband is 1ahead of the wife as also Christ is bHead of the church, He Himself being the 2Savior of the Body.
24 1But as the church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be subject to their husbands in 2everything.
25 Husbands, 1alove your wives even 2as Christ also bloved the church and gave Himself up for her
26 That He might 1asanctify her, cleansing her by the 2bwashing of the 3water in the 4cword,
27 That He might 1apresent the 2bchurch to Himself 3glorious, not having 4spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be 5choly and dwithout blemish.
28 In the same way the husbands also ought to alove their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his own wife loves himself.
29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but 1anourishes and bcherishes it, even as Christ also the church,
30 Because we are amembers of His bBody.
31 aFor this cause a man shall 1leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be 2bone flesh.
32 This amystery is great, but I speak with regard to 1Christ band the church.
33 Nevertheless you also, each one of you, in the same way alove 1your own wife as yourself; and the wife should 2bfear her husband.
2. Between Children and Parents
1 1aChildren, obey your parents 2bin the Lord, for this is 3right.
2 1a"Honor your father and mother,'' which is the 2first commandment with a promise,
3 a"That it may be 1well with you and that you may 1live long on the earth.''
4 And fathers, do not 1provoke your children to anger, but anurture them in the discipline and 2admonition of the Lord.
3. Between Slaves and Masters
5 1aSlaves, 2be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh with 3bfear and trembling, in 4csingleness of your heart, 5das to Christ;
6 Not with eye-service as amen-pleasers but 1as bslaves of Christ, doing the cwill of God from the dsoul;
7 With good will aserving as slaves, 1bas serving the Lord and not men;
8 Knowing that whatever good thing each one does, 1this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a aslave or a free man.
9 And masters, do the same things toward them, 1agiving up your threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in the heavens, and there is bno respect of persons with Him.
D. The Warfare Required for Dealing
with the Spiritual Enemy
10 1Finally, 2be 3aempowered 4bin the Lord and in the cmight of His strength.
11 1aPut on the 2whole barmor of God that you may be able to 3cstand against the 4dstratagems of the edevil,
12 For our wrestling is not against 1ablood and flesh but against 2the brulers, against the authorities, against the cworld-rulers of 3this ddarkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the 4eheavenlies.
13 Therefore 1take up the whole aarmor of God that you may be able to 2bwithstand in the 3cevil day, and having done all, to 4dstand.
14 Stand therefore, 1having 2agirded your loins with 3btruth and having 4put on the cbreastplate of drighteousness
15 And having 1shod your afeet with the 2firm foundation of the bgospel of cpeace;
16 Besides all these, having 1taken up the ashield of 2faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming 3darts of the bevil one.
17 And receive the 1ahelmet of salvation and the 2bsword of the Spirit, 3which Spirit is the 4cword of God,
18 1By means of all 2aprayer and petition, praying at bevery time in 3cspirit and 4dwatching unto this in 5all perseverance and 6petition concerning all the saints,
19 And afor me, that 1utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known in bboldness the 2cmystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an 1aambassador in a 2bchain, that in it I would speak cboldly, as I dought to speak.