Ephesians 4:1-3

1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,

with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,

endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

therefore (v.1) — referring back to the blessings and exalted position in Christ listed in the first three chapters

prisoner of the Lord (v.1) — ‘prisoner in the sphere of the Lord” — Paul was prisoner because of his connection to Christ

beseech (v.1) – beg — “I beg of you, please.”

walk (v.1) = to conduct one’s self, to order one’s behavior

worthy (v1) = to weigh as much as — Their walk should “weigh as much as” their profession of belief in Christ.

calling (v.1) = summons (unto salvation)

all lowliness (v.2) — all possible lowliness, every kind of lowliness — Originally in Greek it meant “abject servility, grovelling,” but in the New Testament, it means “thinking truly and, therefore, lowly of ourselves, having a sense of our own moral smallness.”

gentleness (v.2) — the grace of soul that enables us to accept God’s dealings with us as good

longsuffering (v.2) = patience as regards to persons — not easily provoked

bearing (v.2) = to sustain, to bear up — a further explanation of “longsuffering”

love (v.2) = agape

endeavoring (v.3) = take care, make haste, do one’s best, exert one’s self

keep (v.3) = guard, exercise watchful care

unity (v3) = unanimity, agreement — brought about by the Spirit

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