Bible ~~- Newer Testament ~~- Ephesians ~~- chapter 4 of 6 (32 verses.)

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Work & Suffer Together In Humility
1 Righteous Actions (Works) I [serve YHVH] the Adonai. So [his enemies, the religionists,] have locked me up [here] in prison. I ask you, ๐Ÿ˜‡, to [join me in] living a [similarly sacrificial] life worthy of what [YHVH] chose you for.
2 Humility Be totally humble and gentle, ๐Ÿ˜‡. Be patient with each other. [Let] your love move you to forgive each other's faults.
3 Peace Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the [sacred] Spirit, bound together with Shalom {Peace}, ๐Ÿ˜‡.
4 The Body of Believers [YAH] calls all us [believers] to the same glorious future, ๐Ÿ˜‡, [to live united in his] one [political] Body, [tied together by his] one [sacred] Spirit.
One Hope.
5 The Body of Believers [ ๐Ÿ˜‡, we disciples have] one master [Yahshua], one faith, one [shared] immersion [in sacred spirit].
On a superficial level, this calls us all to be water-baptized by immersion to show our commitment to Christ. However, sprinkling baptisms are not in and of themselves wrong. One faith does not mean that we have to all share the exact same theological doctrine in order to work together. It means that we're all pointing in the same general direction: eternal life.
6 YAH (the Most High Creator) *[We, ๐Ÿ˜‡, have] One Eloah and Father of all: [YAH rules] above all. He [works] through everything. He [lives] in you all.
Not a Trinitarian support verse. This reflects the strict monotheism that is the basis for all Abrahamic religions.
Each Believer Has His Own Special Gift & Call
7 Individuality [But that doesn't mean you should all look and speak and act like clones of each other.] Out of the limitless generosity of [the] Messiah, [YAH] gives each of us his own gift, ๐Ÿ˜‡.
See fun musical play about unity in the Body Of Christ: ChristiAnatomy.
8 Redemption So the Psalmist predicts, โ€œ[The Messiah] ascends up on high. He leads a crowd of captives. He gives [priceless] gifts to humans.โ€
(Psalm 68:18)
9 The Messiah Notice, ๐Ÿ˜‡, the Psalm says โ€˜[Yahshua] ascends.โ€™ This means that Yahshua first came down to the lowlands: earth. [People even entombed the Messiah in a cave!]
But that doesn't mean that Yahshua "went to hell" as some ill-informed theologians imagine.
10 The Messiah Yahshua [YAH's Living Word] descended to earth. Then [he] ascended far above all heavens, ๐Ÿ˜‡. So [Yahshua's spirit comes to] fill the whole universe [with the presence and authority of YAH's Living Word]).
11 Individuality *Yahshua gives [to us earthlings a variety of] messengers with varying [spiritual] gifts, ๐Ÿ˜‡: some [are] โ€˜ambassadors,โ€™ some prophets, some heralds of [YAH's] Amazing Revelations, some [are] โ€œshepherds,โ€ and some [are] teachers.
Giftings, not "offices."
12 Work [ ๐Ÿ˜‡, each of us has a special gift] for equipping [YAH's] Holy [separatist] saints to [perform] work[s] of service that build [up] the Messiah's [political] โ€˜body.โ€™
Combine Your Gift With Other Believers' Gifts
13 Growing Up Let's combine our gifts, ๐Ÿ˜‡. [Lets] all move together in One Faith, as one Body, in unity and vigor [like the toned mind and body of an athlete in his prime]. [Let's be] efficient and graceful. [Let's] act based on complete knowledge of YAH's Son and his commands. [Let's be] fully mature grownup โ€˜men,โ€™ fully developed inside and out, totally alive. [Let's] measure up to the complete stature of [our flawless, amazing] Messiah.
paraphrase
14 Spiritual Vision Grown up, we'll no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, ๐Ÿ˜‡, blown here and there by every wind of teaching and cunning craftiness in which humans lie in wait to deceive.
15 Truth Instead, ๐Ÿ˜‡, speaking the truth in love, we'll in every respect grow up into [union with Yahshua, YAH's] Messiah, our Head [Captain].
16 The Body of Believers *Under Yahshua's direction, [our] whole [ecclesiastical] body fits perfectly together. Each part does its own special work, ๐Ÿ˜‡, helping the other parts to grow. So [our] whole โ€œbodyโ€ stays healthy, growing and full of love.
The World-System Drowns In Dark Blindness
17 Separation (Holiness) *With the Adonai's authority I [command] this: from now on, you, ๐Ÿ˜‡, must never โ€˜walkโ€™ as other beast-nationals walk, [led around] by worthless ideas.
Hopelessly confused, lost in vain thinking, the worldlings' thoughts lack all purpose.
18 Spiritual Blindness *The Beast-Nationals have intelligence, ๐Ÿ˜‡. But it's shrouded in darkness. They [stumble around] alienated from the life of [YHVH] the Eloah by their inner ignorance, caused by the blindness of their hearts.
This explains the mystery of Solomon's fall. History's most intelligent king falls into the darkness spawned by his witchy wives.
19 Sin (Breaking YAH's Laws) *The people of the beast-Nations have lost all feeling for what is right, ๐Ÿ˜‡. They've enslaved themselves to evil โ€œpleasures.โ€ [They're] addicted to every kind of unclean act. [They] constantly crave more sin.
Every human system is based on and fraught with addictive error, including the world's financial, medical, educational, religious, commercial, transportation, communications and legal systems.
Throw off All Sinful Habits & Sin-Triggers
20 Separation (Holiness) But you, ๐Ÿ˜‡, did not come to know [the] Messiah [through sin].
By copying the world.
21 Yah's Word I assume that you, ๐Ÿ˜‡, have listened to Yahshua, that he taught you from the truth that fills him.
22 Repentance *[Yahshua taught you, ๐Ÿ˜‡,] to throw off your โ€œold man'sโ€ evil nature, to [ditch] your former way of life, which is rotten to the core, addicted to deceitful lusts.
Your neural network has 'weed' systems growing through it, choking out your 'fruitful' impulses, enticing you to seek sugar, cars, fashion, fads, material riches, and all sorts of empty pleasures.
Morph Into A New Moral Super-Human Spirit
23 Repentance *[Let YAH's] spirit renew your mind, ๐Ÿ˜‡.
24 Rebirth ๐Ÿ˜‡, morph [yourself] into [your] โ€œnew human,โ€ created in the image of Elohim, in true righteousness and sacredness.
clothe yourselves
25 Truth So strip off falsehood, ๐Ÿ˜‡. Everyone, speak truth with [your] neighbors. Because we [believers] are intimately related to each other as parts of [Yahshua's political] โ€˜body.โ€™
26 Forgiveness *โ€˜[Even] when you get angry, ๐Ÿ˜‡, never sin.โ€™ Never let the sun go down on your wrath.
Quoting Psalm 4:4. Fix all your problems with other people before the sun goes down.
27 Forgiveness *Never give the devil a foothold, ๐Ÿ˜‡.
Anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil.
28 Work The thief must stop stealing, ๐Ÿ˜‡. Instead, he [must] perform honest labor, working with his hands for good. This way he'll be able to share with needy [people].
And of course, no Christian can ever steal from his neighbors by taking worldly benefits from โ€œgovernment.โ€
Spread Forgiveness, Not Evil, With Your Mouth
29 Moral Purity / Childlikeness *Let zero corrupt communication come from your mouth, ๐Ÿ˜‡! Only [speak] good words that build people up by serving valuable gift[s] to their hearts.
No profanity, no insults. That means you probably can't watch T.V. or see many movies, or you'll eventually start using profanity.
30 YAH's Spirit (Holy Spirit) ๐Ÿ˜‡, never grieve the Sacred Spirit of [YHVH] the Eloah, the Spirit who has stamped you as His sealed property [which he'll claim] on the day of [final] redemption.
31 Forgiveness Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, slander, and [all types of] malice, ๐Ÿ˜‡.
Banish hatred, fighting and lying, violent assertiveness, brawling and slander from your life.
32 Forgiveness Be kind one to one-another, tenderhearted. [Keep on] forgiving one another, just like [YHVH] the Eloah [who sent] the Messiah to rescue you, ๐Ÿ˜‡.
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