Now, for some interesting verses that are often overlooked, ignored, skipped, etc.
All believers have received a measure of God’s grace.
To what does that refer?
Does it mean that it takes more of God’s grace to save some?
I think the next verse brings some clarity.
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Therefore it says,
“WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,
HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,
AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”
Note the Word “therefore”.
Therefore it says…then a quote from the Old Testament.
How do I know?
When all caps, it means quote from Old Testament.
This passage is from Psalm 68.
The Psalm declares the great works of God.
Read it from two translations.
See anything interesting?
You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives;
You have received gifts among men,
Even among the rebellious also, that the LORD God may dwell there.
Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
It is always interesting to see how the Spirit led the writers of the New Testament to use and interpret the Old Testament.
What the Spirit is saying through Paul to us is this.
The Lord ascended on high (this will be clarified in next verses) after His death.
The Lord led captive a host of captives…I believe this is a reference to the Lord bringing forth those in the Bosom of Abraham…those who believed unto righteousness in anticipation of Messiah yet to come…He took them to His Presence.
The Lord then gave gifts to men.
This is in reference to spiritual gifts that He gives believers.
He ascended on high.
He led forth the captive.
He gave gifts.
Did you see the difference in the Psalm 68 translations? “Received gifts among men” in NASB
“Received gifts for men” in KJV
When the Lord ascended, He received gifts for men…gifts of the Spirit…which He gave to each according to His grace via the Spirit.
You have what He has given.
Live in it.