The work of the ministry (Eph. 4:12)

“Thus,

God equips

The saints

For the work of ministry,

For building up

The body of Christ.”

πρὸς τὸν καταρτισμὸν τῶν ἁγίων εἰς ἔργον διακονίας, εἰς οἰκοδομὴν τοῦ σώματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ,

Paul said, “Thus, God equips or prepares (πρὸς τὸν καταρτισμὸν) the saints (τῶν ἁγίων) for the work of ministry (εἰς ἔργον διακονίας), for building up (εἰς οἰκοδομὴν) the body of Christ (τοῦ σώματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ).”  Only this Ephesian letter used this unique word καταρτισμὸν, that means preparing, equipping, or perfecting.  Paul explained that God equipped or prepared the holy Christian saint followers of Jesus Christ for their ministerial work with a variety of ministerial duties so that not everyone was doing the same.  The whole purpose was the building up of the body of Christ.  The Christian community church at Ephesus was the body of Christ that needed to be built up.  The aim of any Christian ministry was the building up of the whole community, the body of Christ.  Do you help build up the body of Christ, the local Christian community?

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