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

King James 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;

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,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For the perfecting of the saints - For the complete instruction, purification, and union of all who have believed in Christ Jesus, both Jews and Gentiles. For the meaning of καταρτισμος, perfecting, see the note on 2 Corinthians 13:9.

For the work of the ministry - All these various officers, and the gifts and graces conferred upon them, were judged necessary, by the great Head of the Church, for its full instruction in the important doctrines of Christianity. The same officers and gifts are still necessary, and God gives them; but they do not know their places. In most Christian Churches there appears to be but one office, that of preacher; and one gift, that by which he professes to preach. The apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, are all compounded in the class preachers; and many, to whom God has given nothing but the gift of exhortation, take texts to explain them; and thus lose their time, and mar their ministry.

Edifying of the body - The body of Christ is his Church, see Ephesians 2:20, etc.; and its edification consists in its thorough instruction in Divine things, and its being filled with faith and holiness.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

perfection.

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and when you are converted, strengthen your brothers.

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me more than these? He said to him, Yes...

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord...

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

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

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers...

Romans 15:14,29 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brothers, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge...

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 from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit...

Philippians 1:25,26 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith...

Philippians 3:12-18 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after...

Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

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 go on to perfection...

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account...

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 myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry...

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 of the mysteries of God...

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 Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

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 in the Lord, that you fulfill it.

1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

2 Timothy 4:5,11 But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry...

the edifying.

Ephesians 4:16,29 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies...

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things with which one may edify another.

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 prophesies edifies the church...

2 Corinthians 12:19 Again, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved...

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 hope of your calling;

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 is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake...

Library
January 14. "Unto the Measure of the Stature of the Fulness of Christ" (Eph. Iv. 13).
"Unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" (Eph. iv. 13). God loves us so well that He will not suffer us to take less than His highest will. Some day we shall bless our faithful teacher, who kept the standard inflexibly rigid, and then gave us the strength and grace to reach it, and would not excuse us until we had accomplished all His glorious will. Let us be inexorable with ourselves. Let us mean exactly what God means, and have no discounts upon His promises or commandments. Let
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

The End of Religion
EPHESIANS iv. 23, 24. Be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and put ye on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. This text is exceedingly valuable to us for it tells us the end and aim of all religion. It tells us why we are to pray, whether at home or in church; why we are to read our Bibles and good books; why we are to be what is commonly called religious. It tells us, I say, the end and aim of all religion; namely, that we may put on 'the new man, which
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons

Grieving the Spirit
'Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.'--Eph. iv. 30. The miracle of Christianity is the Incarnation. It is not a link in a chain, but a new beginning, the entrance into the cosmic order of a Divine Power. The sequel of Bethlehem and Calvary and Olivet is the upper room and the Pentecost. There is the issue of the whole mission and work of Christ--the planting in the heart of humanity of a new and divine life. All Christendom is professing to commemorate
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John

The Threefold Unity
'One Lord, one faith, one baptism.'--Eph. iv. 5. The thought of the unity of the Church is very prominent in this epistle. It is difficult for us, amidst our present divisions, to realise how strange and wonderful it then was that a bond should have been found which drew together men of all nations, ranks, and characters. Pharisee and philosopher, high-born women and slaves, Roman patricians and gladiators, Asiatic Greeks and Syrian Jews forgot their feuds and sat together as one in Christ. It is
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John

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.

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