2. The Functioning of the Gifts and the Growth
and Building Up of the Body of Christ
7 1But to each one of us 2agrace was given according to the 3bmeasure of the cgift of Christ.
8 Therefore the Scripture says, "Having aascended to the 1height, He led captive 2those taken captive and gave 3bgifts to men.''
9 (Now this, "He aascended,'' what is it except that He also descended into the 1blower parts of the earth?
10 He who descended, He is also the One who ascended afar above all the heavens that He might 1bfill all things.)
11 And He Himself gave 1some as aapostles and some as bprophets and some as cevangelists and some as 2shepherds and dteachers,
12 For the 1aperfecting of the saints 2unto the work of the 3bministry, 2unto the 4cbuilding up of the dBody of Christ,
13 Until we all 1arrive at the 2aoneness of the bfaith and of the full cknowledge of the 3dSon of God, at a 4efull-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the 5ffullness of 3Christ,
14 That we may be no longer 1alittle children tossed by 2waves and carried about by every 3wind of bteaching in the 4sleight of men, in ccraftiness with a view to a 5system of error,
15 But 1holding to truth in 2alove, we may 3bgrow up into Him in all things, who is the 4cHead, Christ,
16 1Out from whom aall the Body, being 2bjoined together and being 2knit together through every 3cjoint of 4the rich supply 5and through the 6operation in the dmeasure of 7each one part, 8causes the 9egrowth of the Body unto the fbuilding up of itself in 10glove.