Paul’s Teaching

Paul’s Teaching

Grace given by Christ- Ephesians 4:4-13

EPHESIANS 4:4-13- THERE IS ONE BODY AND ONE HOLY SPIRIT- JUST AS YOU WERE CALLED TO THE ONE HOPE THAT BELONGS TO YOUR CALL- ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM, ONE GOD AND FATHER OF ALL, WHO. IS OVER ALL AND THROUGH ALL AND IN ALL.  BUT GRACE WAS GIVEN TO EACH ONE OF US ACCORDING TO THE MEASURE OF CHRIST’S GIFT.  THEREFORE IT SAYS, WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH HE LED A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO HUMANS.  (IN SAYING, HE ASCENDED, WHAT DOES IT MEAN BUT THAT HE HAD ALSO DESCENDED INTO THE LOWER REGIONS, THE EARTH?  HE WHO DESCENDED IS THE ONE WHO ALSO ASCENDED FAR ABOVE ALL THE HEAVENS, THAT HE MIGHT FILL ALL THINGS.)  AND HE GAVE THE APOSTLES, THE PROPHETS, THE EVANGELISTS, THE SHEPHERDS AND TEACHERS, TO EQUIP THE SAINTS FOR THE WORK OF MINISTRY, FOR BUILDING UP THE BODY OF CHRIST, UNTIL WE ALL ATTAIN TO THE UNITY OF FAITH AND OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD, TO MATURE HUMANHOOD, TO THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE OF THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST. 

We are one body with one Holy Spirit.  Grace has been given to us all according to the measure of Jesus.  We are the body of Christ.  We are building up by the Holy Spirit until we all attain the unity of faith with full knowledge of the Son of God and the fullness in Jesus.