Ephesians 4:7–16 (ESV)
Unity in the Body of Christ
7 But grace
was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”
9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who
descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body
of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried
about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every
joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
It is easy to read verse 7 understand it as we do not all have the same measure
of faith, That there may be some with a stronger faith and some with a weaker faith. But let’s go back an read verse 7 again. Where does it actually say this? “7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure
of Christ’s gift.” Let’s look at it from a different perspective. Christ gives his grace to all Christians. It is not that some get less or some get more... but that we all have received God’s grace won by Christ.
Now read verse 7 and it is hard to interpret it the other way!
Verses 9-10 is speaking of Christ descent from Heaven to Earth. Christ trained the Apostles and the Apostles trained pastors and evangelist,
and so on... to teach and carry out the Lord’s ministry. This is important because without training, people will teach anything... all kinds of doctrine. Otherwise, we may “be tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every
wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” What is scarey is that I hear a lot of people say that they don’t care about doctrine... they just love the Lord. I love the Lord too, but the Bible speaks and
warns us about bad doctrine. One of those claiming not to be interested in doctrine, but just loving the Lord is Joel Osteen. His church has grown to over 50,000 members. This is scarey. Joel in his books talk about “visualizing”
which is not a scriptural term. He is good about talking about your “will” instead of God’s “will”. He has had to make several retractions because they were serious blunders. What would be great is if Joel
Osteen did care about doctrine and teach the Bible properly. That is my prayer.
I pray: O Lord, so many churches today are teaching things that are not Biblical, but they make it sound Biblical.
O Lord, renew a right spirit within the church at large, to hunger for your Word. Help us to teach your word in truth and purity. Help pastors all over the world to return back to your Word. Amen.