I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love,
endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Therefore He saith, "When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men."
(Now the saying, "He ascended" -- what does it mean but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
He that descended is the same who also ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.)
And He gave some to be apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, and for the edifying of the body of Christ,
until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
that we henceforth be no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the sleight of men and their cunning and craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, even Christ,
from whom the whole body, fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.