one Lord,1 one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,2 who is over all and through all and in all.37
But to each one of us4 grace5 has been given6 as Christ apportioned it.
This is why ita says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives7 in his train and gave gifts to men."b89
(What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regionsc ?
He who descended is the very one who ascended9 higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)1011
It was he who gave11 some to be apostles,12 some to be prophets,13 some to be evangelists,14 and some to be pastors and teachers,1512
to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ16 may be built up1713
until we all reach unity18 in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God19 and become mature,20 attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.2114
Then we will no longer be infants,22 tossed back and forth by the waves,23 and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.2415
Instead, speaking the truth in love,25 we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head,26 that is, Christ.