Pastor Ron Roddey
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Ephesians Chapter 4
4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk
worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one
another in love;
4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope
of your calling;
4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in
4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of
the gift of Christ.
4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity
captive, and gave gifts unto men.
4:9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first
into the lower parts of the earth?
4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all
heavens, that he might fill all things.)
4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,
evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for
the edifying of the body of Christ:
4:13 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:
4:14 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;
4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things,
which is the head, even Christ:
4:16 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.
4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth
walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of
God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of
4:19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto
lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as
the truth is in Jesus:
4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man,
which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in
righteousness and true holiness.
4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his
neighbour: for we are members one of another.
4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
4:27 Neither give place to the devil.
4:28 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.
4:29 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
4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto
the day of redemption.
4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil
speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.