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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CommentaryClarke'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.
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LibraryJanuary 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 …
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so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
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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