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Ephesians 4:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— for the perfecting of the saints; with a view to [the] work of [the] ministry, with a view to the edifying of the body of Christ;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— With a view to the fitting of the saints for the work of ministering, for an upbuilding of the body of the Christ;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— unto the perfecting of the saints, for a work of ministration, for a building up of the body of the Christ,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For the perfecting of the saints, for the word of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For the perfecting of the Saints, for the worke of the ministerie, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edification of the (church of the) Meshiha,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— for perfecting the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edification of the body of the Messiah;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 4314
{4314} Prime
πρός
pros
{pros}
A strengthened form of G4253; a preposition of direction; forward to, that is, toward (with the genitive case the side of, that is, pertaining to; with the dative case by the side of, that is, near to; usually with the accusative case the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, that is, whither or for which it is predicated).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
perfecting 2677
{2677} Prime
καταρτισμός
katartismos
{kat-ar-tis-mos'}
From G2675; complete furnishing (objectively).
of the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
saints, 40
{0040} Prime
ἅγιος
hagios
{hag'-ee-os}
From ἅγος [[hagos]] (an awful thing) compare G0053, [H2282]; sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated).
for 1519
{1519} Prime
εἰς
eis
{ice}
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
the work 2041
{2041} Prime
ἔργον
ergon
{er'-gon}
From ἔργω [[ergo]] (a primary but obsolete word; to work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication an act.
of the ministry, 1248
{1248} Prime
διακονία
diakonia
{dee-ak-on-ee'-ah}
From G1249; attendance (as a servant, etc.); figuratively (eleemosynary) aid, (official) service (especially of the Christian teacher, or technically of the diaconate).
for 1519
{1519} Prime
εἰς
eis
{ice}
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
the edifying 3619
{3619} Prime
οἰκοδομή
oikodome
{oy-kod-om-ay'}
Feminine (abstraction) of a compound of G3624 and the base of G1430; architecture, that is, (concretely) a structure; figuratively confirmation.
of the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
body 4983
{4983} Prime
σῶμα
soma
{so'-mah}
From G4982; the body (as a sound whole), used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively.
of Christ: 5547
{5547} Prime
Χριστός
Christos
{khris-tos'}
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ephesians 4:12

_ _ Forwith a view to; the ultimate aim. “Unto.”

_ _ perfecting — The Greek implies correcting in all that is deficient, instructing and completing in number and all parts.

_ _ for — a different Greek word; the immediate object. Compare Romans 15:2, “Let every one ... please his neighbor for his good unto edification.”

_ _ the ministryGreek, “ministration”; without the article. The office of the ministry is stated in this verse. The good aimed at in respect to the Church (Ephesians 4:13). The way of growth (Ephesians 4:14-16).

_ _ edifying — that is, building up as the temple of the Holy Ghost.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ephesians 4:2-16.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ephesians 4:12

In this verse is noted the office of ministers; in Ephesians 4:13, the aim of the saints; in Ephesians 4:14-16, the way of growing in grace. And each of these has three parts, standing in the same order. For the perfecting the saints — The completing them both in number and their various gifts and graces. To the work of the ministry — The serving God and his church in their various ministrations. To the edifying of the body of Christ — The building up this his mystical body in faith, love, holiness.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Ephesians 4:12

(7) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the (p) body of Christ:

(7) He shows the aim of ecclesiastical functions, that is, that by the ministry of men all the saints may so grow up together, that they may make one mystical body of Christ.

(p) The Church.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
perfecting:

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. ... He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.
Acts 14:22-23 Confirming the souls of the disciples, [and] exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. ... And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Romans 15:14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
Romans 15:29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Philippians 1:25-26 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; ... That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.
Philippians 3:12-18 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. ... (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, [that they are] the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
1 Thessalonians 5:11-14 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. ... Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].
Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that [is] unprofitable for you.

the work:

Acts 1:17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
Acts 1:25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Romans 12:7 Or ministry, [let us wait] on [our] ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
1 Corinthians 4:1-2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. ... Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
2 Corinthians 3:8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
2 Corinthians 6:3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
2 Timothy 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
2 Timothy 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

the edifying:

Ephesians 4:16 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.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Romans 15:2 Let every one of us please [his] neighbour for [his] good to edification.
1 Corinthians 14:4-5 He that speaketh in an [unknown] tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. ... I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater [is] he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
1 Corinthians 14:12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual [gifts], seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
1 Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
1 Corinthians 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
2 Corinthians 12:19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but [we do] all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

the body:

Ephesians 4:4 [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Ephesians 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
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