Ephesians 4:7-8 HCSB
Notice Paul’s question in the very next verse which leads to a deeper discernment concerning the meaning of the gifts and the mystery of Christ’s ascension:
9 But what does “He ascended” mean except that He descended to the lower parts of the earth?Ephesians 4:9 HCSB
Paul points to fulfilled prophecy and its divinely revealed meaning: The Truth contained in Christ’s body! Us.