Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, exhort you to live in a manner worthy of the calling with which you were called:
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, putting up with one another in love,
being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace;
one body and one Spirit (just as also you were called with 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 all.
Now to each one of us was given this grace, according to the measure of Christ's gift.
Therefore it says, "Ascending on high he led captivity captive; he gave gifts to men."
Now "he ascended," what is [it], except that he also descended to the lower regions of the earth?
The one who descended himself is also the one who ascended above all the heavens, in order that he might fill all [things].
And he himself gave some [as] apostles and some [as] prophets and some [as] evangelists and some [as] pastors and teachers
for the equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
until we all reach the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to a measure of the maturity of the fullness of Christ,
so that we may no longer be infants, tossed about by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of people, by craftiness with reference to the scheming of deceit.
But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow into him [with reference to] all [things], who is the head, Christ,
from whom the whole body, joined together and held together by every supporting ligament, according to the working by measure of each single part, the growth of the body makes for the building up of itself in love.