*I*, the prisoner in [the] Lord, exhort you therefore to walk worthy of the calling wherewith a ye have been called,
with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love;
using diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the uniting bond b of peace.
[There is] one body c and one Spirit, as ye have been also called in one hope of your calling;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in us all.
But to each one of us has been given grace according to the measure of the gift of the Christ.
Wherefore he says, d Having ascended up on high, he has led captivity captive, and has given gifts to men.
But that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth?
He that descended is the same who has also ascended up above all the heavens, that he might fill all things;
and *he* has given some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some shepherds and teachers,
for the perfecting of the saints; with a view to [the] work of [the] ministry, with a view to the edifying of the body of Christ; e13
until we all arrive at the unity of the faith and of the knowledge f of the Son of God, at [the] full-grown man, at [the] measure of the stature of the fulness of the Christ;
in order that we may be no longer babes, tossed and carried about by every wind of *that* teaching [which is] in g the sleight of men, in unprincipled cunning with a view to systematized error;
but, holding the truth in love, we may grow up to him in all things, who is the head, the Christ:
from whom the whole body, fitted together, and connected by every joint of supply, h according to [the] working in [its] measure of each one part, works for itself the increase of the body to its self-building up in love.