8Thereforeait says, "1WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE 2LEDCAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVEGIFTS TO MEN."
(Nowthis expression, "He 3ascended," whatbdoes it meanexcept that He alsochad descended into 4the lowerparts of the earth?
He who descended is Himselfalso He who ascended5faraboveall the heavens, so that He might 6fillallthings.)
And He 7gave8some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as 9evangelists, and some as pastors and 10teachers,
1211for the equipping of the dsaints for the work of service, to the building up of 12the body of Christ;
13until we allattain to 13the unity of the faith, and of the e14knowledge of the Son of God, to a 15matureman, to the measure of the staturefwhich belongs to the 16fullness of Christ.
14gAs a result, we are 17nolonger to be children, 18tossedhere and there by waves and carriedabout by everywind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by 19craftinesshin 20deceitfulscheming;
but ispeaking the truth21in love, jwe are to 22grow up in all aspects into Him who is the 23head, even Christ,
from whom24the wholebody, being fitted and heldtogetherkby whateveryjointsupplies, according to the lproperworking of eachindividualpart, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself25in love.
1726Sothis I say, and affirmtogether with the Lord, 27that you walknolongerjust as the Gentilesalsowalk, in the 28futility of their mind,
18being29darkened in their understanding, m30excluded from the life of Godbecause of the 31ignorance that is in them, because of the 32hardness of their heart;
and they, having 33becomecallous, 34have giventhemselvesover to 35sensualitynfor the practice of everykind of impurity with greediness.
But you did not 36learnoChrist in thisway,
21ifindeed you 37have heard Him and have 38been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,