I, a prisoner in the Lord, encourage you to live the kind of life which proves that God has called you.
Be humble and gentle in every way. Be patient with each other and lovingly accept each other.
Through the peace that ties you together, do your best to maintain the unity that the Spirit gives.
There is one body and one Spirit. In the same way you were called to share one hope.
There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all, who is over everything, through everything, and in everything.
God's favor has been given to each of us. It was measured out to us by Christ who gave it.
That's why the Scriptures say: "When he went to the highest place, he took captive those who had captured us and gave gifts to people."
Now what does it mean that he went up except that he also had gone down to the lowest parts of the earth?