WHAT DID PAUL MEAN? “When he ascended on high he led captivity captive, and he gave gifts to men.” (Eph. 4:8) Who ascended on high? Where is high? Who is “he” that led captivity captive? What are these gifts that “he” gave and to what “men”? Why is Paul’s citation of Psalm 68:18 different?
To confide in God’s will, the secret of all true greatness is to rise out of all our anxieties and plans and fears when we think of ourselves as the arbiters of our own fortunes, and so 'lean to our own understanding.' Not in acts of solemn worship or great crises only, but 'in all thy ways;' and then God will make the 'path' straight and even.