Ephesians 4:7-16

Note: this is part of a revision of a previous post. It takes the word “measure” as the key indicator of structure. The  train of thought I suggest is that the Holy Spirit outpouring that designated apostles etc (A) was for the purpose of the growth of the body of Christ – the ecclesia (A’). The goal is the mature man (B) in contrast to immature fascination with “new teachings (B’). The measure of maturity is the “fulness of Christ” i.e. Christ’s character  (C) 

A. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the 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 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:

B. 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man,

C. unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

B’ 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:

A’. 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.

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