Therefore He says:

(A)“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”

(B)(Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also [a]first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One (C)who ascended far above all the heavens, (D)that He might fill all things.)

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  1. Ephesians 4:9 NU omits first

18 (A)You have ascended on high,
(B)You have led captivity captive;
(C)You have received gifts among men,
Even from (D)the rebellious,
(E)That the Lord God might dwell there.

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16 For (A)the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with (B)the trumpet of God. (C)And the dead in Christ will rise first.

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The Risen Christ, Our Hope(A)

12 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, (B)then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because (C)we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. 16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; (D)you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have [a]fallen (E)asleep in Christ have perished. 19 (F)If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.

The Last Enemy Destroyed

20 But now (G)Christ is risen from the dead, and has become (H)the firstfruits of those who have [b]fallen asleep. 21 For (I)since by man came death, (J)by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall (K)be made alive. 23 But (L)each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers (M)the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.

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