Ephesians 4:8-18 NIV

8 This is why ita says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives1 in his train and gave gifts to men."b2

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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 ascended3 higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)4

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          11 It was he who gave5 some to be apostles,6 some to be prophets,7 some to be evangelists,8 and some to be pastors and teachers,9

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          12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ10 may be built up11

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          13 until we all reach unity12 in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God13 and become mature,14 attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.15

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              14 Then we will no longer be infants,16 tossed back and forth by the waves,17 and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.18

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              15 Instead, speaking the truth in love,19 we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head,20 that is, Christ.

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                  16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows21 and builds itself up22 in love,23 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 longer24 live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.25

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                  18 They are darkened in their understanding26 and separated from the life of God27 because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.28

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