Ephesians 4:14-22

Unity in the Body of Christ

14 so that we may no longer be children, w tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in x deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, y speaking the truth in love, we are to z grow up in every way into him who is a the head, into Christ, 16 b from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, c when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

The New Life

17 Now this I say and d testify in the Lord, e that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, f in the futility of their minds. 18 They g are darkened in their understanding, h alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to i their hardness of heart. 19 They j have become callous and k have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you l learned Christ! - 21 assuming that m you have heard about him and n were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to o put off p your old self, 1 which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through q deceitful desires,

  1. Cross References
    Matthew 11:7
    As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
    Hebrews 13:9
    Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.
    James 1:6
    But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
    Jude 1:12
    These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted.
  2. Cross References
    Ephesians 6:11
    Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
  3. Cross References
    1 John 3:18
    Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
    Ephesians 4:25
    Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
  4. Cross References
    Ephesians 2:21
    In whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.
  5. Cross References
    Ephesians 1:22
    And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church.
  6. Cross References
    Colossians 2:19
    And not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
  7. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:7
    But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
  8. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 2:12
    We exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
  9. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:22
    To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires.
    Ephesians 2:1 - 3
    And you were dead in the trespasses and sins
    Colossians 3:7
    In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.
    1 Peter 4:3
    For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.
  10. Cross References
    Romans 1:21
    For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
    1 Peter 1:18
    Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold.
    Colossians 2:18
    Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind.
    2 Peter 2:18
    For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error.
  11. Cross References
    Romans 11:10
    Let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.
  12. Cross References
    Ephesians 2:12
    Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
  13. Cross References
    Mark 3:5
    And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
  14. Cross References
    Proverbs 23:35
    "They struck me," you will say, "but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I must have another drink."
    1 Timothy 4:2
    Through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared.
  15. Cross References
    1 Kings 21:25
    ( There was none who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the Lord like Ahab, whom Jezebel his wife incited.
    Romans 1:24
    Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves.
    Romans 1:26
    For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature.
    Romans 1:28
    And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
  16. Cross References
    Matthew 11:29
    Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
  17. Cross References
    Ephesians 1:13
    In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.
  18. Cross References
    Colossians 2:7
    Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
  19. Cross References
    Colossians 3:8
    But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
    Hebrews 12:1
    Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
    James 1:21
    Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
    1 Peter 2:1
    So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.
  20. Cross References
    Romans 6:6
    We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
    Colossians 3:9
    Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
  21. Cross References
    Hebrews 3:13
    But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
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