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Ephesians 4:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— [There is] one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— [There is] one body and one Spirit, as ye have been also called in one hope of your calling;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— One body, and one spirit, even as ye were also called in one hope of your calling,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— one body and one Spirit, according as also ye were called in one hope of your calling;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— One body and one Spirit: as you are called in one hope of your calling.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— [There is] one body, and one spirit, euen as yee are called in one hope of your calling.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— that you may be in one body and in one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— so that ye may become one body, and one Spirit; even as ye are called unto one hope of your calling.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[There is] one 1520
{1520} Prime
(Including the neuter [etc.] ἕν [[hen]]); a primary numeral; one.
body, 4983
{4983} Prime
From G4982; the body (as a sound whole), used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
one 1520
{1520} Prime
(Including the neuter [etc.] ἕν [[hen]]); a primary numeral; one.
Spirit, 4151
{4151} Prime
From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy spirit.
even as 2531
{2531} Prime
From G2596 and G5613; just (or inasmuch) as, that.
[2532] Standard
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
ye are called 2564
{2564} Prime
Akin to the base of G2753; to 'call' (properly aloud, but used in a variety of applications, directly or otherwise).
<5681> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 602
in 1722
{1722} Prime
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
one 3391
{3391} Prime
Irregular feminine of G1520; one or first.
hope 1680
{1680} Prime
From ἔλπω [[elpo]] which is a primary word (to anticipate, usually with pleasure); expectation (abstract or concrete) or confidence.
of your 5216
{5216} Prime
Genitive case of G5210; of (from or concerning) you.
calling; 2821
{2821} Prime
From a shorter form of G2564; an invitation (figuratively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ephesians 4:4

_ _ 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), Ephesians 4:5, and “God the Father,” Ephesians 4:6. Thus the Trinity is again set forth.

_ _ hope — here associated with “the Spirit,” which is the “earnest of our inheritance” (Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 1:14). As “faith” is mentioned, Ephesians 4:5, so “hope” here, and “love,” Ephesians 4:2. The Holy Spirit, as the common higher principle of life (Ephesians 2:18, Ephesians 2:22), 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 (John 17:21-23; Colossians 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 (Isaiah 2:2-4; Isaiah 11:9, Isaiah 11:13; Zephaniah 3:9; Zechariah 14:9).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ephesians 4:2-16.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ephesians 4:4

There is one body — The universal church, all believers throughout the world. One Spirit, one Lord, one God and Father — The ever — blessed Trinity. One hope — Of heaven.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Ephesians 4:4

(4) [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

(4) An argument of great weight for an earnest displaying of brotherly love and charity with one another, because we are made one body as it were of one God and Father, by one Spirit, worshipping one Lord with one faith, and consecrated to him with one baptism, and having hope of one self same glory, unto which we are called. Therefore, whoever breaks charity, breaks all of these things apart.

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one body:

Ephesians 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
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 the same office: ... So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
1 Corinthians 10:17 For we [being] many are one bread, [and] one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ. ... For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:20 But now [are they] many members, yet but one body.
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

one Spirit:

Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Ephesians 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. ... But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or [if] ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with [him].


Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Jeremiah 14:8 O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man [that] turneth aside to tarry for a night?
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed [is] the man that trusteth 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 shall be saved, even as they.
Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given [us] everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, [which is] our hope;
Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Hebrews 6:18-19 That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: ... Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
1 Peter 1:3-4 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, ... To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
1 Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
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