It was he who gave1 some to be apostles,2 some to be prophets,3 some to be evangelists,4 and some to be pastors and teachers,512
to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ6 may be built up713
until we all reach unity8 in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God9 and become mature,10 attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.1114
Then we will no longer be infants,12 tossed back and forth by the waves,13 and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.1415
Instead, speaking the truth in love,15 we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head,16 that is, Christ.
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows17 and builds itself up18 in love,19 as each part does its work.