Ephesians 4:11-14 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,


 

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And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,(12)  to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, (13) until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, (14)  so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

A Long sentence, that instructs us on the Gifts, and why they were given. What is there goal, and why they are necessary for our growth and well being. That is, he gave them gifts by which they were qualified to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers and other assorted gifts,  who were given immediately to those called by Christ, and had their doctrine from him, and their commission to preach it; and were peculiarly and infallibly guided by the Spirit of God. When they received these gifts they were not to bury them like some earthen treasure. The gifts God give to man are necessary for the work of the ministry and to build up the body of Christ. The showier gifts are not to be desired,  for only God know our make-up and has gifted us according to His providence.  Do not resist you gift, but step out in faith, and trust God to work all things out to His honour and Glory. You will be the benefactor of the Blessing. When our gifts are used in accordance with God’s will, there are other ramifications. We will see the body of Christ and our personal walk mature, from child-like to manhood, in our knowledge of Christ. In order to properly function the gift giver and the gift receives must both summit to the will of God. When the gifts in each Church are utilized to the Glory of God we will no longer be tossed to and fro with every false doctrine that blows by. When we are properly instructed, in the doctrines by the gifts imparted by God we will readily recognize the schemes of crafty deceivers who seek the weak immature, and wounded among the sheep. WE need well ground men in the Church watch-tower, guarding the flock against the wolves. Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 1: 24,25) 

Gregory Lane