Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of the Messiah's gift.
For it says: When He ascended on high, He took prisoners into captivity; a He gave gifts to people. b9
But what does "He ascended" mean except that Hec descended to the lower parts of the earth?d10
The One who descended is the same as the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fille all things.
And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,
until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God's Son, [growing] into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ's fullness.
Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit.
But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head-Christ.
From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.