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Ephesians 4:7-16 (New American Standard)

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7 But 1to each one of us 2grace was given 3according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore ait says, "4WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE 5LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN." 9 (Now this expression, "He 6ascended," what bdoes it mean except that He also chad descended into 7the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended 8far above all the heavens, so that He might 9fill all things.) 11 And He 10gave 11some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as 12evangelists, and some as pastors and 13teachers, 12 14for the equipping of the dsaints for the work of service, to the building up of 15the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to 16the unity of the faith, and of the e17knowledge of the Son of God, to a 18mature man, to the measure of the stature fwhich belongs to the 19fullness of Christ. 14 gAs a result, we are 20no longer to be children, 21tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by 22craftiness hin 23deceitful scheming; 15 but ispeaking the truth 24in love, jwe are to 25grow up in all aspects into Him who is the 26head, even Christ, 16 from whom 27the whole body, being fitted and held together kby what every joint supplies, according to the lproper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself 28in love.
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