Ephesians 4:7-16 (Lexham English Bible)

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Gifted Leaders Bring the Church to Maturity

7 Now to each one of us was given this grace, according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore it says, "Ascending on high he led captivity captive; he gave gifts to men." 9 Now "he ascended," what is [it], except that he also descendeda to the lower regions of the earth? 10 The one who descended himself is also the one who ascended above all the heavens, in order that he might fill all [things]. 11 And he himself gave some [as] apostles and some [as] prophets and some [as] evangelists and some [as] pastors and teachers 12 for the equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to a measure of the maturity of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be infants, tossed about by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of people, by craftiness with reference to the scheming of deceit. 15 But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow into him [with reference to] all [things], who is the head, Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined together and held together by every supporting ligament, according to the working by measure of each single part, the growth of the body makes for the building up of itself in love.
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