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11And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.
12His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body (the church),
13[That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [[b]full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ's own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him.
14So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of [c]unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.
15Rather, let our lives lovingly [d]express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
16For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.
What a wonderful passage of scripture, it is just packed with so much for the believer to be gloriously happy about.
First and foremost, we are part of the greatest and most unique group that the world has ever seen and that is the Body of Christ.
Do we realize who we represent? We represent Jesus and are his ambassadors to the world today. 2 Corinthians 5:21
God has placed people in unique positions, within this body. These are people, who have in their hands, the five fold ministry, of teaching and helping the church reach its full potential.
As individual believers, we have to be thankful for such people and we have to give them our full support as they serve the Lord in this capacity. We must not pull them down, but support them in prayer, in sharing and encouraging them as they fulfil this exacting role within the Body of Christ.
Have you encouraged or blessed your Pastor? Tell Him/her, how much they are valued and loved
Verse 12; tell us why they are there.
To perfect the saints- that is to bring each and every believer to maturity, to help them be like the Lord.
To do the work of the ministry- To fulfil their calling as shepherd's and to lead the flock of God on the correct road.
To edifying the Body- To share with the body of Christ, things that will build it up.
This ministry has an outflow, and these are outlined in verses 13-15:
The first one of these is Unity. The greatest wish of our Lord and the greatest wish of every believer should be that each and everyone are walking in unity, one with another. When the Holy Spirit falls in revival power, he is not going to worry, if you are Baptist or Methodist, what matters is that you are open to him, so he can flow through you.
The second is that we come to the full knowledge of Jesus. Isn't that awesome? We have to continue to grow daily to the fulness of Knowing Him.
This is what Paul said in Philippians 3, if he was seeking to grow into this, shouldn't we?
The third is that we are strong and steadfast, knowing the word and being able to discern things that are wrong. The only answer to the devil and to false teachers is to know the Word of God, no just in our heads, but in our hearts. It must penetrate our deepest being, and dwell in us richly Colossians 3:16 and Psalm 119
The fourth is that we speak and act out of love to our brethren. When the five fold ministry is sure within a church, there is love coupled with godly rebuke.
The leaders and teachers are respected and they are able to rebuke, as the members, truly look at their pastors and leaders in the true light.
Verse 16 is just totally awesome. This is when the whole body is working together. Living as it should, loving as nothing else can and being the greatest force in the world, because the Holy Spirit's power is seen through its life and witness.
The deepest wish of the Lord is to see his church, all of it, living and walking in Unity. But it is also the deepest fear of the devil that is why he tries and sometimes succeeds in bringing strife, within a church.
The church needs to focus on the main task, of reaching the world, and growing the believers into maturity, anything that diverts the church from that task, is a tactic of the devil, and we as believers, need to be wise to his tactics.
Division, strife and discord, within the church, never comes from God, it is always the tactic of the devil.
Isn't it time, we stopped giving him help? It is time to put aside our petty squabbles and stand together as verse 16 says
God bless you
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