Ah 1 such wastes as there are! Growth is gradual. Be larger than any class will ever let its members be. 1. These are as the strings of a vial, some sounding higher, others lower; yet altogether making a pleasing harmony. Therefore we say to those who would be like Jesus Christ, — be healthy and strong if you can be; cultivate your physique religiously, and understand your bodily system, that you may intelligently work out your Maker's plans.

He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train Christ’s followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ. Oneness of knowledge. Of the fulness of Christ - see the notes on Ephesians 1:23. unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: not of Christ's natural body, but of his mystical body the church, which will be his fulness when all the elect are gathered in; and when they are filled with his gifts and graces, and are grown up to their proportion in it, they will be come to the measure and stature of it: or it may be understood of every particular believer, who has Christ formed in him; who when the work of grace is finished in him, will be a perfect man in Christ, and all this will be true of him; till which time, and during this imperfect state, the Gospel ministry will be maintained: the phrase is taken from the Jews, who among the forms and degrees of prophecy which the prophets arrived to, and had in them the vision of God and angels, make שעור קומה, "the measure of the stature", a principal one; and is here used for the perfection of the heavenly state in the vision, and enjoyment of God and Christ. Every society hath its governors, and so the Church must have hers also. THE DIVERSITY OF GIFTS BESTOWED ON MINISTERS HATH A TENDENCY TO, AND IS DESIGNED FOR ADVANCING OF UNITY AMONG GOD'S ELECT PEOPLE, FOR UNITY IS THE CENTRE OF ALL THESE DIVERS GIFTS.

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So it is in the Church when it is under the entire governance of the Master, every man occupies his own place and does the work for which he is fitted by gifts and opportunity. So it is used both for the instrument that apprehends, and for the object that is apprehended.

The ministry is appointed of Christ, in some measure to supply the want of His bodily presence in the world. Helping together is the thought, every joint contributing its share so as to promote the general good of the whole body. Here may be given a double excellency to the gospel.

until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Day and night, summer and winter, in storm and calm, the principle is in operation. I use this truth as a matter of criticism, to ask you to discern between the true man and the current gentleman of life. This Spirit hath begun that union, and is still at the uniting work; and it consists not with the honour of God, not to perfect that which He hath begun.

- T.C. 3.

And the One who climbed down is the One who climbed back up, up to highest heaven. The union of Christians — and of Churches, for that matter — is to come from this characteristic spirit of love, or from nothing at all. I.

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That faith and knowledge are distinct from each other in nature, though they are inseparable in the experience of Christian men. The sacraments are to continue till then, and consequently a ministry by which they may be dispensed. The third element in manhood is STRENGTH OF WILL The manliest man, to our thinking, is the one who stands upright on his own feet, self-poised, not leaning on anyone else, thinking out his own thoughts, making up his own mind, adhering to his own purpose, master of himself, bending all his powers to his one aim, undismayed by difficulty, conquering opposition, resolute in suffering as vigorous in action, and so victorious in the end. "(2) But if me rather take it — for Christ in whom we have believed — we Shall all meet in the unity of those joys and comforts which we have faithfully expected. Your email address will not be published. Whereunto? 3. And blessed is the man, who gathers as he goes, symmetry, shapeliness, temper, quality, adaptation, so that when he issues from the further side he is a perfect man.

Seeking to become perfect men in Christ, full-grown men, to attain to the loftiest standard of perfection, both in strength and beauty, in the universe.

One more constituent of manly character is STRENGTH OF HEART. This growth is silent, and imperceptible. It is to continue till the Church shall have arrived at its completed unity. WHAT?

Christian men are not to be like children in weakness, credulity, waywardness, changeableness, and much else peculiar to childhood; but to be strong, robust, fixed, settled in their religious belief and manner of life, showing that their faith had so inwrought itself with the very fibre of their spiritual life as to impart moral stamina, enabling them to stand like men, and not be tossed about like feeble children.

They are the outworkings of natural laws which were made when man was made, and when the world was made. And the aggression of the Church on the world will be victorious only when a whole Christianity brings the whole human soul to bear upon the world in the power and plenitude of love. Growth in beneficence is the test in both cases. They arise from the necessary limitations of our nature. Teacheth us, that God hath ordained the ministry of the gospel to last to the end of the world. He taught that the spirit was to be master of the flesh. 1.

II. Beware of classes and "sets." Till we all come - Until all Christians arrive at a state of complete unity, and to entire perfection. The spread of Christianity is to be measured by the spread of its distinctive spirit. To bring Christians to the knowledge of Christ. As a vine, growing in a garden by the side of the road, does not confine all its flowers and clusters to the garden side, but hangs over the wall, and bears blossoms and clusters in the road; so a man, wherever he grows, should be larger than the thing he grows in. "Of the faith." Of the faith and knowledge of God's Son. How does it work out every interior fruit of the heart and life, only so that the stream of love pours on it! Ephesians 4:13.

The growth spoken of in the text is upward. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). There is but one way to know God, that is by Jesus Christ; and but one way to know Christ, and that is by the gospel. life man has occasion for pride of gentlemanliness whose manhood has nothing in it of religion. And woe be to the man that is burned, or that is crushed, and that comes out worthless, and goes into the rubbish heap of the universe!

until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ. until we're all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God's Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ. Is it not true that the One who climbed up also climbed down, down to the valley of earth?

Unto a perfect man - Εις ανδρα τελειον· One thoroughly instructed; the whole body of the Church being fully taught, justified, sanctified, and sealed. 2.

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It is more gracious and more glorious.Obs. We shall not here attain to it; but we shall reach it when we are at length set free from our imperfections and our infirmities.

I. O sweet music, where the symphony shall exceedingly delight us, without division, without frets!

Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift. He that was so obedient to law of every kind, saying: "It becometh us to fulfil all righteousness," — would faithfully observe the laws of health, as to food, air, exercise and rest — never guilty of any excess, never exposing Himself to needless injury.

He does not refer to the doctrine of “sinless perfection” - but to the state of manhood as compared with that of childhood - a state of strength, vigor, wisdom, when the full growth should be attained; see 1 Corinthians 14:20. 2.

Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift. Our Saviour cleansed and amplified the knowledge of spiritual truth, and carried that truth far higher than it had ever gone before. Men need mixing. It is not knowledge that is evidence that you are a Christian; it is not a sense of duty; it is not mere outward conduct of any sort; it is the benevolent tendency of the heart; it is the soul's sweetness and love power. We must increase our talents, enlarge our graces, shoot up in tallness, grow up to this stature.

Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift. Yet there are many that go about to know Him by other ways; they will know Him by traditions images, revelations, miracles, deceivable fables. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson.

The text for this is, He climbed the high mountain, He captured the enemy and seized the booty, He handed it all out in gifts to the people.