Ephesians 4:15
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.

English Standard Version
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

New American Standard Bible
but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,

King James Bible
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head--Christ.

International Standard Version
Instead, by speaking the truth in love, we will grow up completely and become one with the head, that is, one with the Messiah,

NET Bible
But practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we have been firm in our love that all our affairs may increase in The Messiah, who is The Head,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Instead, as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but following the truth in charity, let us grow up into him in all things, who is the head, the Christ:

King James 2000 Bible
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, who is the head, even Christ:

American King James Version
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

American Standard Version
but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But doing the truth in charity, we may in all things grow up in him who is the head, even Christ:

Darby Bible Translation
but, holding the truth in love, we may grow up to him in all things, who is the head, the Christ:

English Revised Version
but speaking truth in love, may grow up in all things into him, which is the head, even Christ;

Webster's Bible Translation
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, who is the head, even Christ:

Weymouth New Testament
But we shall lovingly hold to the truth, and shall in all respects grow up into union with Him who is our Head, even Christ.

World English Bible
but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, Christ;

Young's Literal Translation
and, being true in love, we may increase to Him in all things, who is the head -- the Christ;
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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 15. - But speaking the truth in love. Ἀληθεύοντες is hardly translatable in English it implies being true as well as speaking the truth and following the truth. Truth is the element in which we are to live, move, and have our being; fidelity to truth is the backbone of the Christian ministry. But truth must be inseparably married to love; good tidings spoken harshly are no good tidings; the charm of the message is destroyed by the discordant spirit of the messenger. The more painful the first impression which a truth is fitted to produce (e.g., Ephesians 2:1-3), the more need is there for dealing with it in love - a much-needed and much-neglected exhortation. May grow up into him in all things who is the Head, namely, Christ. Growing up into Christ is like baptizing into the Name of the Father, etc.; it implies that the growth tends to a closer union to Christ, as, on the other hand, union to Christ causes the growth: the two act and react on each other. This growth is to be "in all things" - in the whole man - in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, in all the communicable properties of Christ. How great the work of growth is that should be sought in the case of every living believer is evident from the enormous gulf there is between his spiritual and moral state and that of Christ. Yet such growth is reasonable, considering the relation of the body to him, its Head. The fact of this relation should encourage us to seek and expect the growth, and encourage ministers to labor hopefully towards promoting it.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But speaking the truth in love,.... Either Christ himself, who is the truth, and is to be preached, and always spoken of with strong affection and love; or the Gospel, the word of truth, so called in opposition to that which is false and fictitious; and also to the law, which is shadowish; and on account of its author, the God of truth, and its subject matter, Christ, and the several doctrines of grace; and because the spirit of truth has dictated it, and does direct to it, and owns and blesses it: this, with respect to the ministers of the Gospel, should be spoken openly, honestly, and sincerely, and in love to the souls of men, and in a way consistent with love, in opposition to the secret, ensnaring, and pernicious ways of false teachers; and with respect to private Christians, as they are to receive it in love, so to speak of it to one another from a principle of love, and an affectionate concern for each other's welfare, to the end that they

may grow up into him in all things which is the head, even "Christ": the work of grace upon the soul is a gradual work, and an increase of this in the exercise of faith, hope, love, and spiritual knowledge, is a growth; and this is a growth in all things, in all grace, as in those mentioned, so in others, as humility, patience, self-denial, resignation of the will to the will of God, and especially the knowledge of Christ; for it is a growing into him, from whom souls receive all their grace and increase of it; for he is the head of influence to supply them, as well as the head of eminence to protect them; see Ephesians 1:22 and now the preaching of the Gospel, or the sincere speaking of the truth, is the instrumental means of such growth.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. speaking the truth—Translate, "holding the truth"; "following the truth"; opposed to "error" or "deceit" (Eph 4:14).

in love—"Truth" is never to be sacrificed to so-called "charity"; yet it is to be maintained in charity. Truth in word and act, love in manner and spirit, are the Christian's rule (compare Eph 4:21, 24).

grow up—from the state of "children" to that of "full-grown men." There is growth only in the spiritually alive, not in the dead.

into him—so as to be more and more incorporated with Him, and become one with Him.

the head—(Eph 1:22).

Ephesians 4:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Unity in the Body
14As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 11:3
But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

Ephesians 1:4
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

Ephesians 1:22
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,

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

Ephesians 4:25
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
Treasury of Scripture

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

But.

Ephesians 4:25 Why putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: …

Zechariah 8:16 These are the things that you shall do; Speak you every man the truth …

2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in …

2 Corinthians 8:8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of …

speaking the truth. or, being sincere.

Judges 16:15 And she said to him, How can you say, I love you, when your heart …

Psalm 32:2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD imputes not iniquity, and in …

John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, Behold an Israelite …

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

James 2:15,16 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food…

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but …

may.

Ephesians 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together grows to an holy temple …

Hosea 14:5-7 I will be as the dew to Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast …

Malachi 4:2 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise …

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may …

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus …

which.

Ephesians 1:22 And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head …

Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head …

Colossians 1:18,19 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, …

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