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

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

4:1 prisoner. See note on Ephesians 3:1.

4:1 walk worthy. A Christian’s “walk” should both match and balance his doctrine.

4:1 vocation. “Vocation” is “calling,” and we are “called” to be separated unto Christ and to walk in Him (Colossians 2:6).

4:3 unity. It is noteworthy that the only references to Christian “unity” in the New Testament—in so far as the word itself is concerned—are here in this chapter. “The unity of the faith” (Ephesians 4:13) is vital, but so is “the unity of the Spirit.” There can be no real spiritual unity without doctrinal unity, and vice versa. In one sense, the two are synonymous, because sound doctrine includes the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and His “fruit” produced in the lives of true believers. Note also I Corinthians 1:10.

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