Consequences of the failure to appoint apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in a congregation–Ephesians 4

Ephesians 4 – Paul speaking TO the Ephesians [FOR us today]–

Look at verse 14 [read verses 11-16] to see what happened if Jesus did not appoint apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in a congregation:

(Now that He ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts ofthe earth?

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

11 And He [Jesus] gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  [notice the wordsaints‘]

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

In verse 12 above, please note: “perfecting of the saints.”  Now see who most of the New Testament was written to:

Who is most of the New Testament written to? The answer may surprise you.

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