Ephesians 4:7-16

But each one of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high, he took captives captive; he gave gifts to people.” (Now what does it mean that “he ascended” except that he also descended to the lower regions, that is, the earth? The one who himself descended is also the one who ascended above all the heavens in order that he might fill up all things.)  Namely, he gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints, for the work of service, for the building up of the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature person, to the measure of Christ’s full stature.

So that we might no longer be infants, tossed about by waves and blown around by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people, who craftily carry out their schemes of deceit.

Rather, being truthful with love, we might in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head—from whom the whole body grows, being joined together and held together through every supporting connection according to the measure of work from each individual part, the body builds itself in love.


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