Ephesians 4:4
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New International Version
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;

New Living Translation
For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.

English Standard Version
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—

Berean Study Bible
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;

Berean Literal Bible
one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called into one hope of your calling;

New American Standard Bible
There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;

King James Bible
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope at your calling--

International Standard Version
There is one body and one Spirit. Likewise, you were called to the one hope of your calling.

NET Bible
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope of your calling,

New Heart English Bible
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And that you would be in one body and One Spirit as when you were called in one hope of your calling.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There is one body and one Spirit. In the same way you were called to share one hope.

New American Standard 1977
There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;

Jubilee Bible 2000
There is one body and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling,

King James 2000 Bible
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling;

American King James Version
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling;

American Standard Version
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling;

Douay-Rheims Bible
One body and one Spirit; as you are called in one hope of your calling.

Darby Bible Translation
[There is] one body and one Spirit, as ye have been also called in one hope of your calling;

English Revised Version
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling;

Webster's Bible Translation
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Weymouth New Testament
There is but one body and but one Spirit, as also when you were called you had one and the same hope held out to you.

World English Bible
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling;

Young's Literal Translation
one body and one Spirit, according as also ye were called in one hope of your calling;
Study Bible
Unity in the Body
3and with diligence to preserve 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;…
Cross References
Romans 11:29
For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable.

Romans 12:4
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and not all members have the same function,

1 Corinthians 10:17
Because there is one loaf, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf.

1 Corinthians 12:4
There are different gifts, but the same Spirit.

Ephesians 1:18
I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope of His calling, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 2:16
and reconciling both of them to God in one body through the cross, by which He extinguished their hostility.

Ephesians 2:18
For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Treasury of Scripture

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling;

one body.

Ephesians 2:16 And that he might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, …

Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Romans 12:4,5 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not …

1 Corinthians 10:17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers …

1 Corinthians 12:12,13,20 For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members …

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also …

one Spirit.

Ephesians 2:18,22 For through him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father…

Matthew 28:19 Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name …

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit…

2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, …

as. See on ver.

Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk …

Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know …

Jeremiah 14:8 O the hope of Israel, the savior thereof in time of trouble, why …

Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

Acts 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ we …

Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard …

2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which …

1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, …

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before …

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the …

Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according …

Hebrews 6:18,19 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God …

1 Peter 1:3,4,21 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…

1 John 3:3 And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

(4) There is one body, and one Spirit.--The words "There is" are not in the original, which starts with a striking abruption, and with that terse concentration of thought and word which marks out an embryo creed.

The "one body" is the Body of Christ, "from whom it is fitly framed, joined together, and compacted," so that in every part "it grows up into Him." But this communion with God in Christ being "the life eternal," the Holy Ghost, by making it effectual alike to the Church and to the individual soul, is the "Lord and Giver of Life." Hence, His presence is spoken of as being to the body of Christ what the spirit is to the natural body--the uniting and vivifying power for all its members. Under the same idea we have (in 1Corinthians 12:13), as a description of the first entrance into the Church of Christ, "By one Spirit are we all baptised into one body . . . and have been all made to drink into one Spirit."

Even as ye are (or rather, were) called in one hope of your calling.--The connection, though not at first obvious, is clear on consideration. Since the grace of the Holy Spirit is not only the "seal" of regeneration, but also the "earnest" (Ephesians 1:14) of future perfection, the mention of the one Spirit suggests naturally the "hope of our calling" (i.e., the perfect unity of heaven). In this, in spite of all natural and spiritual inequalities, and in spite even of our divisions and strifes upon earth, all Christians are still actually one. Hence the communion of saints is perhaps most clearly realised in the times of high spiritual aspiration, and in the near presence of death.

Verses 4-6. - WHEREIN UNITY CONSISTS - SEVEN PARTICULARS. There is one body (see Ephesians 2:16). The Church is an organic whole, of which believers are the members, and Christ the Head, supplying the vitalizing power: The real body, being constituted by vital union with Christ, is not synonymous with any single outward society. One Spirit; viz. the Holy Spirit, who alone applies the redemption of Christ, and works in the members of the Church the graces of the new creation. As ye also were called in one hope of your calling. This is one of the re-suits of the Spirit's work; when the Spirit called you he inspired you all with one hope, and this one hope was involved in the very essence of your calling (comp. Titus 2:13, "Looking for the blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ"). To all believers the Spirit imparted this one blessed hope. One Lord; Jesus Christ, unique and beyond comparison: as Teacher, all hang on his words; as Master, all own his supreme authority; to his example all refer as the standard; his likeness all covet as the highest excellence (where Mary is worshipped, though nominally you have but one Lord, virtually you have two). One faith; not objective in the sense of creed, but as denoting the one instrument of receiving salvation (Ephesians 2:8), the one belief in the one Savior by which we are justified, adopted, and in other ways blessed. One baptism. One initiatory rite admitting into the visible Church - baptism in name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, symbolic of the washing of regeneration, the one way of entering the Church invisible. One God and Father of all. We rise now to the fountain of Godhead, the one supreme Being with whom all have to do, the only Being who is or can be the Father of us all; who can be to us what is implied in the name "Father," who, so love and grace can satisfy our hearts. Who is over all; the supreme and only Potentate, exercising undivided jurisdiction, "doing according to his will in the armies of heaven." etc. And through all; pervading the whole universe, sustaining and ruling it, not dwelling apart from his works, but pervading them; not, however, in any pantheistical sense, but as a personal God, whose essence is separate from his works. And in all. A closer and more abiding influence; he dwells in them, and walks in them, molding their inner being, and filling them with his own light and love. Some commentators of mark have tried to find a reference to each of the persons of the Godhead in the three prepositions over, through, and by, but this seems a strained view. The three persons, however, appear clearly in the seven elements of unity, but, as before (Ephesians 3:16-19), in the reverse of the common order - first, the Spirit; second, the Son; and third, the Father. These seven elements constitute the true rarity of the Church. It is out of the question to identify the Church which is thus one, with any external organization like the Roman Catholic Church. How many millions have been connected with it who have notoriously been destitute of the one hope, the one Spirit, the one Father! It is of the invisible Church the apostle speaks, and his exhortation is, seeing that this blessed sevenfold unity is the unity wrought by the Holy Spirit, maintain that unity; maintain the manifestation of it; give no occasion to any one to say that there is no such unity - that the Holy Ghost is a Spirit of confusion and not a Spirit of order and unity. There is one body,.... The church; in what sense that is a body, and compared to one; see Gill on Ephesians 1:23. It is called "one" with relation to Jews and Gentiles, who are of the same body, and are reconciled in one body by Christ, and are baptized into it by the Spirit; and with respect to saints above and saints below, who make up one general assembly; and with regard to separate societies; for though there are several particular congregations, yet there is but one church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven; and saints of different ages, places, states, and conditions, are all one in Christ Jesus, who is the one, and only head of this body: and this is an argument to excite the saints to unity of Spirit; since they are, as one natural body is, members one of another, and therefore should not bite and devour one another; they are one political body, one kingdom, over which Christ is sole King and lawgiver, and a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand; they are one economical body, one family, they are all brethren, and should not fall out by the way.

And one Spirit; the Holy Spirit of God, who animates, quickens, and actuates the body: there is but one Spirit, who convinces of sin, enlightens, regenerates, and makes alive; who incorporates into the body, the church; who comforts the saints; helps them in their access to God through Christ; makes known the things of Christ to them, is a spirit of adoption, and the seal and earnest of the heavenly glory; and the consideration of this should engage to unity, because a contrary conduct must be grieving to the Spirit of God, unsuitable to his genuine fruits, and very unlike the true spirit of a Christian: and by one spirit may be meant the spirit of themselves, who, as the first Christians were, should be of one heart, and of one soul, of the same mind, and having the same affections for one another; which sense is favoured by the Syriac and Arabic versions; the former rendering the words, "that ye may be one body and one spirit", making this to be the issue and effect of their endeavours after union and peace; and the latter reads them as an exhortation, "be ye one body and one spirit"; that is, be ye cordially and heartily united in your affections to one another:

even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; that is, the glory hoped for, and which is laid up in heaven, and will be enjoyed there, to which the saints are called in the effectual calling, is one and the same: there are no degrees in it; it will be equally possessed by them all; for they are all loved with the same love, chosen in the same head, and secured in the same covenant; they are bought with the same price of Christ's blood, and are justified by the same righteousness; they are all equally the sons of God, and so heirs of the same heavenly inheritance; and are all made kings and priests unto God, and there is but one kingdom, one crown, one inheritance for them all; and the holiness and beatific vision of the saints in heaven will be alike; and therefore they should be heartily affected to one another here on earth, who are to be partners together in glory to all eternity. So the Jews say (p), that in the world of souls, all, small and great, stand before the Lord; and they have a standing alike; for in the affairs of the soul, it is fit that they should be all "equal", as it is said Exodus 30:15, "the rich shall not give more".

(p) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 154. 2.4. In the apostle's creed, the article as to THE Church properly follows that as to THE Holy Ghost. To the Trinity naturally is annexed the Church, as the house to its tenant, to God His temple, the state to its founder [Augustine, Enchiridion, c. 15]. There is yet to be a Church, not merely potentially, but actually catholic or world-wide; then the Church and the world will be co-extensive. Rome falls into inextricable error by setting up a mere man as a visible head, antedating that consummation which Christ, the true visible Head, at His appearing shall first realize. As the "SPIRIT" is mentioned here, so the "Lord" (Jesus), Eph 4:5, and "God the Father," Eph 4:6. Thus the Trinity is again set forth.

hope—here associated with "the Spirit," which is the "earnest of our inheritance" (Eph 1:13, 14). As "faith" is mentioned, Eph 4:5, so "hope" here, and "love," Eph 4:2. The Holy Spirit, as the common higher principle of life (Eph 2:18, 22), gives to the Church its true unity. Outward uniformity is as yet unattainable; but beginning by having one mind, we shall hereafter end by having "one body." The true "body" of Christ (all believers of every age) is already "one," as joined to the one Head. But its unity is as yet not visible, even as the Head is not visible; but it shall appear when He shall appear (Joh 17:21-23; Col 3:4). Meanwhile the rule is, "In essentials, unity; in doubtful questions, liberty; in all things, charity." There is more real unity where both go to heaven under different names than when with the same name one goes to heaven, the other to hell. Truth is the first thing: those who reach it, will at last reach unity, because truth is one; while those who seek unity as the first thing, may purchase it at the sacrifice of truth, and so of the soul itself.

of your calling—the one "hope" flowing from our "calling," is the element "IN" which we are "called" to live. Instead of privileged classes, as the Jews under the law, a unity of dispensation was henceforth to be the common privilege of Jew and Gentile alike. Spirituality, universality, and unity, were designed to characterize the Church; and it shall be so at last (Isa 2:2-4; 11:9, 13; Zep 3:9; Zec 14:9).4:1-6 Nothing is pressed more earnestly in the Scriptures, than to walk as becomes those called to Christ's kingdom and glory. By lowliness, understand humility, which is opposed to pride. By meekness, that excellent disposition of soul, which makes men unwilling to provoke, and not easily to be provoked or offended. We find much in ourselves for which we can hardly forgive ourselves; therefore we must not be surprised if we find in others that which we think it hard to forgive. There is one Christ in whom all believers hope, and one heaven they are all hoping for; therefore they should be of one heart. They had all one faith, as to its object, Author, nature, and power. They all believed the same as to the great truths of religion; they had all been admitted into the church by one baptism, with water, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, as the sign of regeneration. In all believers God the Father dwells, as in his holy temple, by his Spirit and special grace.
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