Ephesians 4:7-17 NIV

7 But to each one of us1 grace2 has been given3 as Christ apportioned it.

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8 This is why ita says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives4 in his train and gave gifts to men."b5

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    • a 4:8 - Or "God"
    • b 4:8 - Psalm 68:18
      9 (What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regionsc ?

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        • c 4:9 - Or "the depths of the earth"
          10 He who descended is the very one who ascended6 higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)7

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          11 It was he who gave8 some to be apostles,9 some to be prophets,10 some to be evangelists,11 and some to be pastors and teachers,12

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          12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ13 may be built up14

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          13 until we all reach unity15 in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God16 and become mature,17 attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.18

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              14 Then we will no longer be infants,19 tossed back and forth by the waves,20 and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.21

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              15 Instead, speaking the truth in love,22 we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head,23 that is, Christ.

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                  16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows24 and builds itself up25 in love,26 as each part does its work.

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                  Living as Children of Light

                  17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer27 live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.28

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