God's Body Building Program
|Ephesians 4 (NKJV™)|
|7||But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.|
|8||Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men."|
|9||(Now this, "He ascended"--what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?|
|10||He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)|
|11||And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,|
|12||for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,|
|13||till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;|
|14||that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,|
|15||but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ--|
|16||from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.|
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The book of Ephesians exalts the new life we have in Christ—a life that produces a new relationship with God and with others. In this series, Pastor Skip Heitzig explains how "the unsearchable riches" (Ephesians 3:8) we have through Jesus affect the way we interact with other Christians, our families, and unbelievers as well as the way we fight the Enemy.
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