In this part of his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul explained to the believers God’s plan to build the church.
He sent Jesus “down” so that he could raise us “up.” Jesus gave himself in service in order to raise us up with him.
It’s all part of the master plan of God to see each one of his children grow up into mature believers. He gives gifts to the body in order to raise the body to greater levels of maturity! The Big Idea says it like this: the gifting does the lifting.