Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ
1As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8This is why it4:8 Or God says:
“When he ascended on high,
he took many captives
and gave gifts to his people.”4:8 Psalm 68:18
9(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions4:9 Or the depths of the earth? 10He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Instructions for Christian Living
17So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
20That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26“In your anger do not sin”4:26 Psalm 4:4 (see Septuagint): Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold. 28Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Biakoyɛ Wɔ Kristo Mu
1Me a meyɛ odeduani ma Awurade no hyɛ mo sɛ montena ase mma ɛmfata ɔfrɛ a wɔafrɛ mo no. 2Mommrɛ mo ho ase koraa na munnwo; montɔ mo bo ase, na mo ne obiara ntena wɔ ɔdɔ mu. 3Mommɔ mmɔden sɛ monam asomdwoe hama so bɛma Honhom biakoyɛ no atena mo mu. 4Nipadua baako ne Honhom baako na ɛwɔ hɔ, sɛnea wɔfrɛɛ mo kɔɔ anidaso baako, 5Awurade baako, gyidi baako ne asubɔ baako mu no. 6Yɛwɔ Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ yɛn nyinaa Agya a odi yɛn nyinaa so. Ɔnam yɛn nyinaa mu, na ɔte yɛn nyinaa mu nso.
7Yɛn mu biara wɔ adom bi sɛnea Kristo akyɛ ama yɛn. 8Eyi nti na Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se,
“Bere a ɔforo kɔɔ ɔsoro no,
ɔfaa nneduafo kaa ne ho;
na ɔmaa nnipa akyɛde.”
9Afei sɛ “ɔkɔɔ ɔsoro” no nkyerɛase ne dɛn? Ase kyerɛ sɛ, nea edi kan no, ɔkɔɔ fam wɔ asase ase pɛɛ. 10Enti nea ɔkɔɔ fam no ara na ɔkɔɔ ɔsoro a ɛboro wim nyinaa so, sɛnea ɔbɛhyɛ abɔde nyinaa ma. 11Ɔno na ɔmaa ebinom yɛɛ asomafo, afoforo yɛɛ adiyifo, afoforo yɛɛ asɛmpakafo, na afoforo nso yɛɛ asɔfo ne akyerɛkyerɛfo. 12Ɔyɛɛ eyi de siesiee Onyankopɔn nkurɔfo nyinaa maa ɔsom nnwuma, sɛnea Kristo nipadua no nyin bɛkɔ so 13kosi sɛ yɛn nyinaa benya gyidi baako ne Onyankopɔn Ba no ho nimdeɛ baako, na yɛawie nyin wɔ Kristo mayɛ mu.
14Yɛrenyɛ mmofra bio, wɔn a asorɔkye bɔ wɔn kɔ nea ɛpɛ, na nkyerɛkyerɛ mframa biara de wɔn di akɔneaba na bradatofo ne aniferefo daadaa wɔn. 15Mmom, sɛ yɛtena ase nokware ne ɔdɔ honhom mu a, yebenyin wɔ Kristo a ɔyɛ asafo no Ti no mu. 16Ne mu na honam akwaa ahorow no suso wɔn ho wɔn ho mu. Ne mu na obiara yɛ nʼadwuma, na nipadua no nyin ahoɔden so wɔ ɔdɔ mu.
17Mede Awurade din bɔ mo kɔkɔ se monntena ase bio sɛ amanamanmufo a wonni adwene pa bi, 18na sum aduru wɔn ntease. Wonnim hwee na wɔyɛ asoɔden. Wonnim Onyankopɔn mu asetena na wonni nkatede ma nea ɛteɛ. 19Wɔn ani nwu hwee. Wɔagyaa wɔn ho ama bɔne na wɔyɛ afide ahorow nyinaa bi a wonnu wɔn ho.
20Ɛnyɛ saa na musua faa Kristo ho. 21Ɛyɛ nokware sɛ motee ne nka, na wɔkyerɛkyerɛɛ mo sɛnea nokware a ɛwɔ Yesu mu no te. 22Enti montwe mo ho mfi mo suban dedaw no a akɔnnɔ bɔne ama aporɔw no ho. 23Momma Honhom no nyɛ mo koma ne mo adwene foforo, 24na montena ase wɔ suban foforo a wɔbɔɔ no Onyankopɔn sɛso wɔ treneeyɛ ne kronkronyɛ mu no.
25Munnni atoro nkyerɛ mo ho mo ho. Obiara nni nokware nkyerɛ ne nua, efisɛ, yɛn nyinaa yɛ nnipa baako wɔ Kristo nipadua mu. 26Sɛ mo bo fuw a, monnyɛ bɔne. Mommma owia nkɔtɔ mo abufuw so. 27Mma ɔbonsam kwan. 28Ɛsɛ sɛ obi a ɔbɔ korɔn no gyae akrɔmmɔ. Obiara nyɛ adwuma na moatumi aboa afoforo.
29Mma kasa bɔne mfi wʼanom, na mmom ka kasa pa na aboa afoforo sɛnea ehia wɔn na wɔn a wotie anya so mfaso. 30Monnhow Onyankopɔn Honhom Kronkron a wɔnam so asɔw mo ano ama ogyeda no werɛ. 31Munyi yawdi, bobɔne ne abufuw, ahohoahoa ne nseku ne bɔnepɛ nyinaa mfi mo mu. 32Monyɛ ayamye mma mo ho mo ho, mo yam nhyehye mo mma mo ho mo ho, na momfa mo mfomso nkyekyɛkyekyɛ mo ho mo ho sɛnea Onyankopɔn nam Kristo so de mo bɔne kyɛɛ mo no.