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 1.     The meaning and purpose of edification

  • The perfecting of the saints and the building of the body of Christ is the scriptural meaning of edification (Notice the connection of edification to these things)

 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Eph. 4:11-12

Edification is the speaking of truth in love  (Notice how the scriptures connect speaking the truth in love to edification)

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 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. Eph. 4:15-6

For Discussion: Are we really interested in building the body and perfecting it or are we more interested in perfecting ourselves?

Edification’s purpose is that we, the body, can grow in Christ

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 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. Eph. 4:15-16

 

  1. 2.    What edification is not

 It is not for destruction of the body of Christ

 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed: 2 Cor. 10:8

It is not the ministering of questions and the giving heed of fables

 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. 1 Tim. 1:4

For Discussion: What are things we do that subtly destroy the body and minister questions?

 

3.    The right results of edification:

An edified church has “rest” and “walks in the fear of the Lord” and in his “comfort”

 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 9:31

A fitly joined body that effectually works and edifies itself in love

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 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. Eph. 4:15-16

4.    What are some “things wherewith one may edify another”?

 Things which make for peace

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.Rom. 14:19

For Discussion: What are some things that make for peace with brothers that we can practice?

  • Charity and love

Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. 1 Cor. 8:1

  • Ministering grace to brethren

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. Eph 4:29

Discussion: How do we minister grace?

Comforting yourselves with the Lord and the word of God

 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thess. 5:11

Edifying in faith

 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. 1 Tim. 1:4

It is doing all things with edification in mind

 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. 2 Cor. 12:19

September 25th, 2011 at 7:34 pm