Make every effort to keep the unity1 of the Spirit through the bond of peace.24
There is one body3 and one Spirit4--just as you were called to one hope when you were called5--
one Lord,6 one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,7 who is over all and through all and in all.87
But to each one of us9 grace10 has been given11 as Christ apportioned it.
This is why ita says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives12 in his train and gave gifts to men."b139
(What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regionsc ?
He who descended is the very one who ascended14 higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)1511
It was he who gave16 some to be apostles,17 some to be prophets,18 some to be evangelists,19 and some to be pastors and teachers,2012
to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ21 may be built up2213
until we all reach unity23 in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God24 and become mature,25 attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.26