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.
Okuba ab’omubiri ogumu
14:1 a Bef 3:1 b Baf 1:27; Bak 1:10Ng’omusibe wa Mukama waffe, mbakuutira mubeere n’empisa ezisaanira obulamu bwe mwayitirwa okutambuliramu. 2Mubeerenga bakkakkamu, abawombeefu era abagumiikiriza, nga mugumiikirizagana mu kwagala. 34:3 Bak 3:14Munyiikirenga okukuuma obumu obw’Omwoyo mu kwegatta awamu okw’emirembe. 44:4 1Ko 12:13Omubiri nga bwe guli ogumu, n’Omwoyo omu, n’essuubi liri limu ery’okuyitibwa kwammwe. 5Mukama waffe ali omu, n’okukkiriza kumu n’okubatizibwa kumu. 6Katonda ali omu, era ye Kitaawe wa bonna, afuga byonna, akolera mu byonna era abeera mu byonna.
74:7 a 1Ko 12:7, 11 b Bar 12:3Buli omu ku ffe yaweebwa ekisa ng’okugera kwa Kristo bwe kuli. 84:8 a Bak 2:15 b Zab 68:18Ebyawandiikibwa kyebiva bigamba nti,
“Bwe yalinnya mu ggulu,
n’awa abantu ebirabo.”
9Okugamba nti “yalinnya,” kitegeeza ki? Kitegeeza nti yasooka kukka mu bitundu ebya wansi w’ensi. 10Oyo Kristo eyakka, ye wuuyo ddala eyalinnya ewala ennyo, n’ayisa waggulu w’eggulu lyonna, alyoke ajjule obwengula bw’ensi yonna. 114:11 a 1Ko 12:28 b Bik 21:8Era y’omu oyo eyawa abamu okuba abatume, n’abalala okuba bannabbi, n’abalala okuba ababuulizi b’enjiri, n’abalala okuba abasumba, n’abalala okuba abayigiriza. 124:12 1Ko 12:27Ekyo yakikola olw’okutendeka abantu ba Katonda olw’omulimu ogw’obuweereza, okuzimba omubiri gwa Kristo. 134:13 a nny 3, 5 b Bak 1:28Ekyo kijja kutwongera okugenda mu maaso, okutuusa ffenna lwe tulibeera n’okukkiriza kumu, n’okumanyira ddala Omwana wa Katonda nga tukulidde ddala mu mwoyo okutuuka ku kigera eky’okubeera nga Kristo bw’ali.
144:14 a 1Ko 14:20 b Yak 1:6 c Bef 6:11Tuteekwa okulekeraawo okweyisa ng’abaana abato, nga tuyuuguumizibwa amayengo nga tutwalibwa buli muyaga ogw’okuyigiriza okw’abantu abakuusa, mu nkwe olw’okugoberera enteekateeka ey’obulimba. 154:15 Bef 1:22Tube ba mazima mu kwagala, tulyoke tukulire mu Kristo mu byonna, nga tweyongera okuba nga ye, Omutwe gw’Ekkanisa. 164:16 Bak 2:19Mu ye omubiri gwonna mwe gugattirwa obulungi awamu, ne guyungibwa mu buli nnyingo, nga gukola ng’ekigera kya buli kitundu bwe kuli, nga gukula era nga gwezimba mu kwagala.
Obulamu obuggya mu Kristo
174:17 Bar 1:21Ng’omugoberezi wa Mukama waffe, mbalagira okulekeraawo okutambula ng’abatamanyi Katonda bwe batambulira mu birowoozo byabwe eby’obusirusiru. 184:18 a Bar 1:21 b Bef 2:12 c 2Ko 3:14Amagezi gaabwe gajjudde ekizikiza. Tebalina mugabo mu by’obulamu bwa Katonda, kubanga bajjudde obutamanya era emitima gyabwe mikakanyavu. 194:19 a 1Ti 4:2 b Bar 1:24 c Bak 3:5Tebakyalina nsonyi, beemalidde mu bya buwemu, na mululu gwa kukola bya bugwenyufu ebya buli ngeri.
20Kyokka mmwe si bwe mwayigirizibwa ku bya Kristo. 21Obanga ddala mwamuwulira, era ne muyigirizibwa mu ye ng’amazima bwe gali mu Yesu, 224:22 a 1Pe 2:1 b Bar 6:6kale mwambulemu obulamu obw’omuntu ow’edda, avunda olw’okwegomba okw’obulimba. 234:23 Bak 3:10Mufuuke baggya olw’Omwoyo afuga ebirowoozo byammwe, 244:24 a Bar 6:4 b Bef 2:10era mwambale omuntu omuggya, eyatondebwa mu kifaananyi kya Katonda mu butuukirivu ne mu kutukuzibwa okw’amazima.
254:25 a Zek 8:16 b Bar 12:5Mulekeraawo okulimba, mwogerenga amazima buli muntu ne munne, kubanga tuli bitundu bya mubiri gumu. 26“Bwe musunguwalanga mwekuume muleme kwonoona.” Temuzibyanga budde nga mukyasunguwadde. 27Temuwanga Setaani bbanga. 284:28 a Bik 20:35 b 1Bs 4:11 c Luk 3:11Abadde omubbi alekeraawo okubba, wabula anyiikirenga okukola eby’omugaso ng’akola n’emikono gye, alyoke afune ky’agabirako n’abo abeetaaga.
29Mwekuume mulemenga okwogera ebigambo ebitasaana, wabula mwogerenga ebyo byokka ebizimba nga buli muntu bwe yeetaaga, biryoke bigase abo ababiwulira. 304:30 a 1Bs 5:19 b Bar 8:23Era temunakuwazanga Mwoyo Mutukuvu wa Katonda, eyabateekako akabonero akalaga nga mwanunulibwa. 31Okunyiiga, n’obusungu, n’obukambwe, n’okukaayana, n’okuvuma, na buli kibi kyonna, biremenga kubeera mu mmwe. 324:32 Mat 6:14, 15Mubenga ba kisa, buli omu alumirwenga munne, era musonyiwaganenga, nga Katonda bwe yabasonyiwa mu Kristo.