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,

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,

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.

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,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - In order to the perfecting of the saints. The ultimate end for which the gifts bestowed (comp. Hebrews 12:1). A work of completion is in hand, which must be fulfilled (see ver. 13): the saints, now compassed about with infirmity, have to be freed from all stain (Ephesians 5:26, 27), and as instruments towards this end, the ministers of the Church are given by Christ; they are not mere promoters of civilization, men of culture planted among the rude, but instruments for advancing men to complete holiness. For the work of the ministry. The preposition is changed from πρὸς to εἰς πρὸς denoting the ultimate end, εἰς the immediate object (comp. Romans 15:2); the office of the Church officers is not lords, but διακονοί, servants, as Christ himself was (Matthew 20:28). For the building up of the body of Christ. Bringing bone to its bone and sinew to its sinew, increasing the number of believers, and promoting the spiritual life of each; carrying on all their work as Christ's servants and with a definite eye to the promotion of the great work which he undertook when he came to seek and to save the lost.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the perfecting of the saints, The chosen ones, whom God has sanctified or set apart for himself in eternal election: the ministry of the word is designed for the completing the number of these in the effectual calling; and for the perfecting of the whole body of the church, by gathering in all that belong to it, and of every particular saint, who is regenerated and sanctified by the Spirit of God: for the best of saints are imperfect; for though there is a perfection in them, as that designs sincerity, in opposition to hypocrisy, and as it may be taken comparatively with respect to what others are, or they themselves were; and though there is a perfection of parts of the new man in them, yet not of degrees; and though there is a complete perfection in Christ, yet not in themselves, their sanctification is imperfect, as their faith, knowledge, love, &c. sin is in them, and committed by them, and they continually want supplies of grace; and the best of them are sensible of their imperfection, and own it: now the ministration of the word is a means of carrying on the work of grace in them unto perfection, or "for the restoring or joining in of the saints"; the elect of God were disjointed in Adam's fall, and scattered abroad, who were representatively gathered together in one head, even in Christ, in redemption; and the word is the means of the visible and open jointing of them into Christ, and into his churches, and also of restoring them after backslidings:

for the work of the ministry; gifts are given unto men by Christ to qualify them for it: the preaching of the Gospel is a work, and a laborious one, and what no man is sufficient for of himself; it requires faithfulness, and is a good work, and when well performed, those concerned in it are worthy of respect, esteem, and honour; and it is a ministering work, a service and not dominion:

for the edifying the body of Christ; not his natural body the Father prepared for him; nor his sacramental body in the supper; but his mystical body the church; and gifts are bestowed to fit them for the preaching of the Gospel, that hereby the church, which is compared to an edifice, might be built up; and that the several societies of Christians and particular believers might have spiritual edification, and walk in the fear of the Lord, and in the comforts of the Holy Ghost, and their numbers be increased, and their graces be in lively exercise.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. For—with a view to; the ultimate aim. "Unto."

perfecting—The Greek implies correcting in all that is deficient, instructing and completing in number and all parts.

for—a different Greek word; the immediate object. Compare Ro 15:2, "Let every one … please his neighbor for his good unto edification."

the ministry—Greek, "ministration"; without the article. The office of the ministry is stated in this verse. The good aimed at in respect to the Church (Eph 4:13). The way of growth (Eph 4:14-16).

edifying—that is, building up as the temple of the Holy Ghost.

Ephesians 4:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Unity in the Body
11And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.…
Cross References
Romans 12:5
so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Romans 14:19
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Romans 15:2
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them 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 one of you is a part of it.

2 Corinthians 13:9
We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored.

2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, 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 everything in every way.

2 Timothy 4:5
But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of 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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