Call upon you, then, do I -- the prisoner of the Lord -- to walk worthily of the calling with which ye were called,
with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love,
being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of the peace;
one body and one Spirit, according as also ye were called in one hope of your calling;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all, who [is] over all, and through all, and in you all,
and to each one of you was given the grace, according to the measure of the gift of Christ,
wherefore, he saith, `Having gone up on high he led captive captivity, and gave gifts to men,' --
and that, he went up, what is it except that he also went down first to the lower parts of the earth?
he who went down is the same also who went up far above all the heavens, that He may fill all things --
and He gave some [as] apostles, and some [as] prophets, and some [as] proclaimers of good news, and some [as] shepherds and teachers,
unto the perfecting of the saints, for a work of ministration, for a building up of the body of the Christ,
till we may all come to the unity of the faith and of the recognition of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to a measure of stature of the fulness of the Christ,
that we may no more be babes, tossed and borne about by every wind of the teaching, in the sleight of men, in craftiness, unto the artifice of leading astray,
and, being true in love, we may increase to Him [in] all things, who is the head -- the Christ;
from whom the whole body, being fitly joined together and united, through the supply of every joint, according to the working in the measure of each single part, the increase of the body doth make for the building up of itself in love.