(Nowthis expression, "He 1ascended," whatadoes it meanexcept that He alsobhad descended into 2the lowerparts of the earth?
He who descended is Himselfalso He who ascended3faraboveall the heavens, so that He might 4fillallthings.)
And He 5gave6some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as 7evangelists, and some as pastors and 8teachers,
129for the equipping of the csaints for the work of service, to the building up of 10the body of Christ;
13until we allattain to 11the unity of the faith, and of the d12knowledge of the Son of God, to a 13matureman, to the measure of the statureewhich belongs to the 14fullness of Christ.
14fAs a result, we are 15nolonger to be children, 16tossedhere and there by waves and carriedabout by everywind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by 17craftinessgin 18deceitfulscheming;
but hspeaking the truth19in love, iwe are to 20grow up in all aspects into Him who is the 21head, even Christ,
from whom22the wholebody, being fitted and heldtogetherjby whateveryjointsupplies, according to the kproperworking of eachindividualpart, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself23in love.
1724Sothis I say, and affirmtogether with the Lord, 25that you walknolongerjust as the Gentilesalsowalk, in the 26futility of their mind,
18being27darkened in their understanding, l28excluded from the life of Godbecause of the 29ignorance that is in them, because of the 30hardness of their heart;
and they, having 31becomecallous, 32have giventhemselvesover to 33sensualitymfor the practice of everykind of impurity with greediness.