Ephesians 4:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 4:1, NIV: As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

Ephesians 4:1, ESV: I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,

Ephesians 4:1, KJV: I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

Ephesians 4:1, NASB: Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,

Ephesians 4:1, NLT: Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.

Ephesians 4:1, CSB: Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received,

What does Ephesians 4:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Chapter 4 describes both the unity of believers and the new hope which Christians have in Jesus. The first part of the chapter begins with Paul's mention of his imprisonment and his focus on Christian unity (Ephesians 4:1–16). The second part develops the concept of the new life believers have in Jesus (Ephesians 4:17–32). Verse 1 reminds readers of Paul's current condition, living under house arrest in Rome for two years (Acts 28:30–31).

Paul encourages believers to live lives which honor God's gift of grace. Paul offered similar words to the Philippians (Philippians 1:27) and Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 2:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:11). Believers have been called to follow Christ Jesus. Therefore, believers should live like Christ Jesus. The following verses will outline several ways in which those who believe are to live like Christ (Ephesians 4:2–3), followed by an emphasis on doing so in unity as "one body."