Ephesians 4:12
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New International Version
to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

New Living Translation
Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

English Standard Version
to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

Berean Study Bible
to equip the saints for works of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,

Berean Literal Bible
toward the perfecting of the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ,

New American Standard Bible
for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

King James Bible
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,

International Standard Version
to equip the saints, to do the work of ministry, and to build up the body of the Messiah

NET Bible
to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ,

New Heart English Bible
for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For the perfecting of The Holy Ones, for the work of the ministry, for the building up of the body of The Messiah,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Their purpose is to prepare God's people to serve and to build up the body of Christ.

New American Standard 1977
for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

Jubilee Bible 2000
for the perfecting of the saints in the work of the ministry, unto the edifying of the body of the Christ

King James 2000 Bible
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

American King James Version
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

American Standard Version
for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Darby Bible Translation
for the perfecting of the saints; with a view to [the] work of [the] ministry, with a view to the edifying of the body of Christ;

English Revised Version
for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ:

Webster's Bible Translation
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Weymouth New Testament
in order fully to equip His people for the work of serving--for the building up of Christ's body--

World English Bible
for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ;

Young's Literal Translation
unto the perfecting of the saints, for a work of ministration, for a building up of the body of the Christ,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:7-16 Unto every believer is given some gift of grace, for their mutual help. All is given as seems best to Christ to bestow upon every one. He received for them, that he might give to them, a large measure of gifts and graces; particularly the gift of the Holy Ghost. Not a mere head knowledge, or bare acknowledging Christ to be the Son of God, but such as brings trust and obedience. There is a fulness in Christ, and a measure of that fulness given in the counsel of God to every believer; but we never come to the perfect measure till we come to heaven. God's children are growing, as long as they are in this world; and the Christian's growth tends to the glory of Christ. The more a man finds himself drawn out to improve in his station, and according to his measure, all that he has received, to the spiritual good of others, he may the more certainly believe that he has the grace of sincere love and charity rooted in his heart.
Study Bible
Unity in the Body
11And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for works of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ.…
Cross References
Romans 12:5
so in Christ we who are many are one body, and each member belongs to one another.

Romans 14:19
So then, let us pursue what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Romans 15:2
Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

1 Corinthians 12:7
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a member of it.

2 Corinthians 13:9
In fact, we rejoice when we are weak but you are strong, and our prayer is for your perfection.

2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers, rejoice! Aim for perfect harmony, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

Ephesians 1:23
which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

2 Timothy 4:5
But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Treasury of Scripture

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

perfection.

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and when you …

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of …

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and …

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted …

Acts 14:22,23 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue …

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the …

Romans 15:14,29 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brothers, that you also …

1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit with.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

Philippians 1:25,26 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue …

Philippians 3:12-18 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: …

Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all …

1 Thessalonians 5:11-14 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do…

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us …

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for …

the work.

Acts 1:17,25 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry…

Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to …

Romans 12:7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching;

1 Corinthians 4:1,2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards …

2 Corinthians 3:8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus …

2 Corinthians 6:3 Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received …

1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, for that he …

2 Timothy 4:5,11 But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an …

the edifying.

Ephesians 4:16,29 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that …

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and …

Romans 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.

1 Corinthians 14:4,5,12,14,26 He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that …

2 Corinthians 12:19 Again, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? we speak before …

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do.

the body.

Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one …

Ephesians 1:23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which …

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