kjv@Ephesians:4:6@ One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
kjv@Ephesians:4:7@ But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
kjv@Ephesians:4:8@ Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
kjv@Ephesians:4:9@ (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
kjv@Ephesians:4:10@ He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
kjv@Ephesians:4:11@ And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
kjv@Ephesians:4:12@ For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
kjv@Ephesians:4:13@ Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
kjv@Ephesians:4:14@ That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
kjv@Ephesians:4:15@ But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
kjv@Ephesians:4:16@ From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
kjv@Ephesians:4:17@ This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
kjv@Ephesians:4:18@ Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
kjv@Ephesians:4:19@ Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
We see the importance of the body of believers to our own personal growth process; it can not be escaped. Much of our development is in the striving for the unity of the Spirit, a most difficult but yet essential task. The bonds of peace, the unity of faith, the whole body fitly joined together, these are the works of the Holy Spirit and the directions given our pastors teachers and evangelists. When we give ourselves over to Christ this is what we give ourselves over to. Anything other is of our old corrupt selves.
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