Jedinstvo u Tijelu
1Zaklinjem vas dakle kao sužanj u Gospodinu: živite dostojno poziva kojim vas je Bog pozvao. 2Budite ponizni i strpljivi. Podnosite nedostatke drugih s ljubavlju. 3Nastojte biti jedinstveni u Duhu, povezani mirom.
4Svi smo mi jedno Tijelo, svi imamo jednoga Duha i svi smo pozvani k jednoj nadi. 5Samo je jedan Gospodin, jedna je vjera, jedno krštenje. 6Samo je jedan Bog Otac nad svima nama, koji prebiva u svima nama i djeluje kroz sve nas. 7A svakomu od nas dana je milost, dar koji nam je Isus dodijelio. 8Zato u Svetome pismu piše:
“Uzlazeći na visinu,
poveo je sa sobom zarobljenike,
a ljudima je dao dare.”4:8 Psalam 68:19.
9Piše da je “uzišao”. To znači da je najprije sišao dolje, na zemlju. 10Koji je sišao, isti je onaj koji je uzišao nad sva nebesa, da sve ispuni.
11Jednima je darovao da budu apostoli; drugima da budu proroci; jednima da budu evanđelisti, drugima pastiri i učitelji; 12da osposobi svete da mogu služiti i izgrađivati Crkvu, Kristovo tijelo, 13sve dok ne postignemo takvo jedinstvo vjere i spoznaju Božjega Sina da postanemo zreli u Gospodinu, dok ne uzrastemo do Kristove punine.
14Tada više nećemo biti poput nejačadi koju valovi bacaju amo-tamo i koju goni svaki vjetar prijevarnih ljudskih učenja, lukavština koje zavode na krivi put. 15Živjet ćemo istinoljubivo, u ljubavi, te postajati sve sličnijima Kristu, koji je glava Crkve, svojega Tijela. 16Njegovom skrbi cijelo tijelo savršeno pristaje skupa. Svaki ud obavlja vlastiti posao i pomaže drugim udovima rasti, pa je cijelo Tijelo zdravo te raste i živi u ljubavi.
Živimo kao djeca svjetla
17Ovo kažem u Gospodinovo ime: zaklinjem vas da ne živite kao što žive pogani, razmišljajući isprazno. 18Oni su, naime, zaslijepljeni i zamračena uma, daleko su od Božjega života jer su zatvorili svoj razum prema njemu i ne mogu shvatiti Božje putove. 19Ne mare više je li što dobro ili zlo. Odali su se bludu i u pohlepi počinjaju kojekakve nečistoće.
20Ali vi niste tako poučeni kad ste spoznali Krista. 21Ako ste slušali o njemu i ako ste poučeni da je istina u Isusu, 22odbacite stari način života, starog čovjeka u vama kojega prijevarne požude vode u propast. 23Umjesto toga, Duh mora obnoviti vaš način razmišljanja. 24Morate postati novim čovjekom,4:24 U grčkome: obući se u novoga čovjeka. stvorenim na Božju sliku—pravednim, svetim i istinoljubivim.
25Odbacite zato laž i “govorite istinu jedan drugomu”4:25 Zaharija 8:16. jer pripadamo jedni drugima, udovi smo istoga Tijela. 26“Srdite se ako morate, ali nemojte da vas srdžba odvede u grijeh!”4:26 Psalam 4:5. 27Ne dajte đavlu priliku da djeluje.
28Tko je krao, neka to više ne čini. Radije neka se trudi vlastitim rukama priskrbiti dobra, da ima što podijeliti s onima koji su u potrebi. 29Nikakva ružna riječ neka ne prijeđe preko vaših usana. Neka sve što kažete bude dobro, na izgradnju i dobrobit onima koji vas slušaju.
30Ne žalostite svojim životom Božjega Svetog Duha, kojim ste zapečaćeni za dan otkupljenja.
31Klonite se svake gorčine, srdžbe, gnjeva, vike i kletve te svake opakosti! 32Budite, naprotiv, jedni drugima dobrostivi i milosrdni te praštajte jedni drugima kao što je i Bog u Kristu nama oprostio.
Growing Up Together in the Body of Christ
1I am a prisoner because of the Lord. So I am asking you to live a life worthy of what God chose you for. 2Don’t be proud at all. Be completely gentle. Be patient. Put up with one another in love. 3The Holy Spirit makes you one in every way. So try your best to remain as one. Let peace keep you together. 4There is one body and one Spirit. You were appointed to one hope when you were chosen. 5There is one Lord, one faith and one baptism. 6There is one God and Father of all. He is over everything. He is through everything. He is in everything.
7But each one of us has received a gift of grace. These gifts are given to us by Christ. 8That is why Scripture says,
“When he went up to his place on high,
he took many prisoners.
He gave gifts to his people.” (Psalm 68:18)
9What does “he went up” mean? It can only mean that he also came down to the lower, earthly places. 10The one who came down is the same one who went up. He went up higher than all the heavens. He did it in order to fill all creation. 11So Christ himself gave the gift of the apostles to the church. He gave the prophets and those who preach the good news. And he also gave the pastors and teachers as a gift to the church. 12He gave all these people so that they might prepare God’s people to serve. Then the body of Christ will be built up. 13That will continue until we all become one in the faith. We will also become one in the knowledge of God’s Son. Then we will be grown up in the faith. We will receive everything that Christ has for us.
14We will no longer be babies in the faith. We won’t be like ships tossed around by the waves. We won’t be blown here and there by every new teaching. We won’t be blown around by cleverness and tricks. Certain people use them to hide their evil plans. 15Instead, we will speak the truth in love. So we will grow up in every way to become the body of Christ. Christ is the head of the body. 16He makes the whole body grow and build itself up in love. Under the control of Christ, each part of the body does its work. It supports the other parts. In that way, the body is joined and held together.
Teachings for Living as Christians
17Here is what I’m telling you. I am speaking for the Lord as I warn you. You must no longer live as the Gentiles do. Their thoughts don’t have any purpose. 18They can’t understand the truth. They are separated from the life of God. That’s because they don’t know him. And they don’t know him because their hearts are stubborn. 19They have lost all feeling for what is right. So they have given themselves over to all kinds of evil pleasures. They take part in every kind of unclean act. And they are full of greed.
20But that is not the way of life in Christ that you learned about. 21You heard about Christ and were taught about life in him. What you learned was the truth about Jesus. 22You were taught not to live the way you used to. You must get rid of your old way of life. That’s because it has been made impure by the desire for things that lead you astray. 23You were taught to be made new in your thinking. 24You were taught to start living a new life. It is created to be truly good and holy, just as God is.
25So each of you must get rid of your lying. Speak the truth to your neighbor. We are all parts of one body. 26Scripture says, “When you are angry, do not sin.” (Psalm 4:4) Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. 27Don’t give the devil a chance. 28Anyone who has been stealing must never steal again. Instead, they must work. They must do something useful with their own hands. Then they will have something to give to people in need.
29Don’t let any evil talk come out of your mouths. Say only what will help to build others up and meet their needs. Then what you say will help those who listen. 30Do not make God’s Holy Spirit mourn. The Holy Spirit is the proof that you belong to God. And the Spirit is the proof that God will set you completely free. 31Get rid of all hard feelings, anger and rage. Stop all fighting and lying. Don’t have anything to do with any kind of hatred. 32Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive one another, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done.