Ephesians 2:21
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New International Version
In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.

New Living Translation
We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.

English Standard Version
in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

New American Standard Bible
in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,

King James Bible
In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The whole building, being put together by Him, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord.

International Standard Version
In union with him the whole building is joined together and rises into a holy sanctuary for the Lord.

NET Bible
In him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the whole building is constructed by him and grows into a holy temple in THE LORD JEHOVAH,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In him all the parts of the building fit together and grow into a holy temple in the Lord.

Jubilee Bible 2000
in whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto a holy temple in the Lord,

King James 2000 Bible
In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto a holy temple in the Lord:

American King James Version
In whom all the building fitly framed together grows to an holy temple in the Lord:

American Standard Version
in whom each several building, fitly framed together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord;

Douay-Rheims Bible
In whom all the building, being framed together, groweth up into an holy temple in the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
in whom all [the] building fitted together increases to a holy temple in the Lord;

English Revised Version
in whom each several building, fitly framed together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord;

Webster's Bible Translation
In whom all the building fitly framed together, groweth to a holy temple in the Lord:

Weymouth New Testament
in union with whom the whole fabric, fitted and closely joined together, is growing so as to form a holy sanctuary in the Lord;

World English Bible
in whom the whole building, fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord;

Young's Literal Translation
in whom all the building fitly framed together doth increase to an holy sanctuary in the Lord,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:19-22 The church is compared to a city, and every converted sinner is free of it. It is also compared to a house, and every converted sinner is one of the family; a servant, and a child in God's house. The church is also compared to a building, founded on the doctrine of Christ; delivered by the prophets of the Old Testament, and the apostles of the New. God dwells in all believers now; they become the temple of God through the working of the blessed Spirit. Let us then ask if our hopes are fixed on Christ, according to the doctrine of his word? Have we devoted ourselves as holy temples to God through him? Are we habitations of God by the Spirit, are we spiritually-minded, and do we bring forth the fruits of the Spirit? Let us take heed not to grieve the holy Comforter. Let us desire his gracious presence, and his influences upon our hearts. Let us seek to discharge the duties allotted to us, to the glory of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - In whom all the building. Not even the figure of a building can keep the apostle from his favorite idea of vital fellowship with Christ as the soul of all Christianity - "in whom." Πᾶσα οἰκοδομὴ is rendered in R.V. "each several building." But surely the want of the article does not make imperative a rendering which is out of keeping with the apostle's object, viz. to illustrate the organic unity of believers, Jewish and Gentile, as one great body (comp. Ephesians 4:4, "There is one body"). If there had been many several or separate buildings in the apostle's view, why not a Jewish building and a Gentile building? Or how could the separate buildings have their lines directed by the one chief Cornerstone? In Acts 2:36 πᾶς οϊκος Ισραήλ is not "every house of Israel," but "all the house of Israel." Fitly framed together. There is a jointing and joining of the various parts to each other, forming a symmetrical, compact, well-ordered building. The Church has many members in one body, and all members have not the same office. It is a co-operative body, each aiding in his own way and with his own talent. The Church is not a collection of loose stones and timbers; its members are in vital union with Christ, and ought to be in living and loving and considerate fellowship with each other. Groweth into a holy temple in the Lord. Increase is an essential property of the Church; wherever there is life there is growth. But the growth of the Church is not mere increase of members or size; the growth is towards a temple, of which the character is holy, and it is in the Lord. The world-famed temple of Diana at Ephesus may have been in the apostle's mind - its symmetry, its glory, the relation of each several part to the rest and to the whole, as a suitable external emblem of the spiritual body which is being built up in Christ; but the Christian Church is a holy temple, dedicated to God, purified by his Spirit, entirely foreign to those defilements which disgraced the temple of Diana. The ἐν ω΅ι at the beginning of the verse is followed by ἐν Κυρίῳ at the end, as if the union of the Church to Christ could not be too often brought out. In him we are born into it; in him we grow in it; in him the whole temple grows towards the final consummation, when the topstone shall be brought out with shouts of "Grace, grace unto it."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

In whom all the building fitly framed together,.... This building is to be understood of all the saints, and people of God; of the whole universal church, which is God's building; and is a building of a spiritual nature, and will abide for ever: and this is fitly framed together; it consists of various parts, as a building does; some saints are comparable to beams, some to rafters, others to pillars, &c. and these are joined and united to one another, and are set in an exact symmetry and proportion, and in a proper subserviency to each other; and so as to make for the good, the strength, and beauty of the whole. And it all centres in Christ; he has a great concern in this building; he is the master builder, and the foundation and cornerstone; and it being knit together in him,

groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: it grows by an accession of new stones, or of souls called by grace, and added to it; for this building is not yet openly and visibly completed, as it will be; in order to which the ministry of the word, and administration of ordinances are continued; and this will be in the latter day, when the number of God's elect, among Jews and Gentiles, shall be gathered in: and this growth may be understood also of an increase of those, who are openly laid in the building; of their spiritual growth into their head, Christ; and of an, increase of grace in them; which the word and ordinances are means of, under a divine blessing: and this building grows unto an "holy temple", the Gospel church state, called a "temple", in allusion to the temple at Jerusalem; whose materials were stones made ready and hewn, before they were brought thither; and whose magnificence, beauty, and glory, were very great; and it was the place of public worship, and of the divine abode, and was a very significant emblem of the church of God; see 2 Corinthians 6:16, which is an "holy" one, set apart for holy uses, and internally sanctified by the Spirit of God; and which is discovered by external holiness of life, and conversation in the members of it: and this is said to be "in the Lord"; which phrase may refer to the word "groweth", and denotes that growth and increase, both of persons and grace, the church has in, and from the Lord Jesus Christ; or to the word "holy", and intimates, that the holiness of the church, and every member of it, is also in and from the Lord; or to the word "temple", which is built for him to dwell in.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. In whom—as holding together the whole.

fitly framed—so as exactly to fit together.

groweth—"is growing" continually. Here an additional thought is added to the image; the Church has the growth of a living organism, not the mere increase of a building. Compare 1Pe 2:5; "lively stones … built up a spiritual house." Compare Eph 4:16; Zec 6:12, "The Branch shall build the temple of the Lord," where similarly the growth of a branch, and the building of a temple, are joined.

holy—as being the "habitation of God" (Eph 2:22). So "in the Lord" (Christ) answers to "through the Spirit" (Eph 2:22; compare Eph 3:16, 17). "Christ is the inclusive Head of all the building, the element in which it has its being and now its growth" [Alford].

Ephesians 2:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Temple in the Lord
20having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 3:16
Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in your midst?

Ephesians 4:15
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Colossians 2:19
They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.

1 Timothy 3:15
if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
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all.

Ephesians 4:13-16 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge …

Ezekiel 40:1-42:20 In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning …

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are laborers together with God: you are God's husbandry, you …

Hebrews 3:3,4 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch …

fitly.

Exodus 26:1-37 Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine …

1 Kings 6:7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready …

an.

Psalm 93:5 Your testimonies are very sure: holiness becomes your house, O LORD, for ever.

Ezekiel 42:12 And according to the doors of the chambers that were toward the south …

1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the …

2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are …

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