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.
King James Bible
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which 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:
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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But, speaking the truth in love - The truth recommended by the apostle is the whole system of Gospel doctrine; this they are to teach and preach, and this is opposed to the deceit mentioned above. This truth, as it is the doctrine of God's eternal love to mankind, must be preached in love. Scolding and abuse from the pulpit or press, in matters of religion, are truly monstrous. He who has the truth of God has no need of any means to defend or propagate it, but those which love to God and man provides.
Grow up into him - This is a continuance of the metaphor taken from the members of a human body receiving nourishment equally and growing up, each in its due proportion to other parts, and to the body in general. The truth of God should be so preached to all the members of the Church of God, that they may all receive an increase of grace and life; so that each, in whatever state he may be, may get forward in the way of truth and holiness. In the Church of Christ there are persons in various states: the careless, the penitent, the lukewarm, the tempted, the diffident, the little child, the young man, and the father. He who has got a talent for the edification of only one of those classes should not stay long in a place, else the whole body cannot grow up in all things under his ministry.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
speaking the truth. or, being sincere.
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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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.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,
In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
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,
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