8. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9. not by works, so that no one can boast.
14 Then 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.
15 Instead, 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.
16 From 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.
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
- Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil
having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,