Ephesians 4:7-10 (JDV)
Ephesians 4:7 Now favor was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Ephesians 4:8 For this reason it says: When he ascended on high, he took the captives captive; he gave gifts to humans.
Ephesians 4:9 But what does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower parts of the land?
Ephesians 4:10 The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the skies, to fill all things.
he also descended
Our Lord’s ascension was actually a return to where he was before. His descending was his incarnation. Only he was qualified to do both things. Salvation is Christ’s gift because only he could afford to purchase it for us. Our Lord’s enthronement in heaven was his return to where he rightfully belonged. It was his choice to descend to this planet that gave us all a chance at eternal life. His follow-through on that choice led to his dying on the cross to serve as the necessary sacrifice reconciling us with the Father. Because he was successful at that sacrifice, we can now walk both in freedom and a new empowerment.
He paid the price – we get the gifts.