And He gave some…

And He gave some…

And He (Jesus Christ) gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12 KJV)

As Christians, aren’t  we grateful for the “some” that God gave to! The Apostle Paul clearly states that Jesus gave some… for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…

Perfecting of the saints…I like the definition, “especially suitable,” having all the necessary or essential characteristics required for a given situation.  A Christian should be “especially suited” for his or her role as a believer in Christ Jesus in any given situation…How? By faith…Believing and knowing that there is a higher power, a divine purpose, and a bigger picture in all things…Those who help to “perfect” our walk in Christ help us to build up our faith.  The Bible says that,  “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17).  Those who preach and teach the Word of God help to “perfect” our faith!

For the work of the ministry…Of course, we know the word, “work” refers to labor…putting forth action and effort.  But what does “work” mean in this particular verse since we do NOT work for our salvation? (It is the gift of God…Romans 3) I believe it means the day-to-day “walk” of our Christian life that produces the Fruit of the Spirit:  Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, and Faith…”IF we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25 KJV).  The effectual “work of the ministry” requires the Fruit of the Spirit…We must “love” our brethren as well as our enemies. The “joy” of the Lord is our strength (Neh. 8:10) . “Peace” is identified as one of our spiritual garments to wear (Ephesians 6).  “Longsuffering” is a means to build patience (and patience builds hope).  “Gentleness” denotes the inward and outward manifestation of a Holy Spirit-filled life., “Goodness” denotes our inward thoughts, motives, attitude, and actions that honor Christ, and “Faith” is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen (Hebrews 11:1).  All of these,  perfecting, working, and edifying produce the “work of the ministry.”

“The edifying of the body of Christ“…The word “edify” means to build-up, to strengthen, and to encourage…The body of Christ is built up both physically and spiritually  when another “soul” is born into the kingdom.  The body of Christ is strengthened as we grow stronger and more knowledgable in the Word and work of the Lord. The body of Christ is encouraged as we “pray for one another” and “bear one another’s burden” that we may be filled and lacking no good thing.  Amen…

So, today, as Christians we are all accountable and responsible for the “SOME” to whom Jesus gave.  We should all be, “Workman that needeth not be ashamed…” ( II Timothy 2:15)

As a member of the Body of Christ, we each have a job and responsibility to do.  We need not “work” for our salvation for Christ paid it all and finished it all on Calvary. But, we must all “work” while the day is dawning for the “perfecting of the saints,” “for the work of the ministry,” and “for the edifying of the body.”  Won’t you be an effectual “laborer” today?  I know I am going to pray to do so…Amen…

Remember, God Loves You

Lin T Rollins, Author

copyright by Lin T Rollins…

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