Measuring to the stature of Christ

Measuring to the stature of Christ

Ephesians 4:11-16.

Key verse: Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

There’s an expectation of heaven over our lives that should always propel us to continue searching and actualizing the provided grace for the fulfillment of this expectation. We cannot fail, neither can we falter in reaching the heights that God has set for us because He has left for us an example and a pathway to follow- 1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. Christ did not give Himself wholly to any man, instead, he shared the gifts of His Spirit with individuals who would, in turn, impart such to others through varying human interactions and discipleship- 1 Corinthians 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. We must therefore cultivate and build on that which has been imparted to us and take on the responsibility of growing in the depths of the scriptures and knowledge of Christ- 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

The text states the three core principles guiding discipleship in the church of Christ namely: Saints’ perfection, ministry engagement, and continuous improvement in all spiritual ramifications- Ephesians 4:12 for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. If we can capture these elements of discipleship, we will raise a mighty Christian army strong enough to defeat the enemy’s wiles and contend in faith and verity. Saints’ perfection is essential to help newly saved souls gain roots and grow in the tenets of the scriptures while engaging in ministry tasks such as evangelism, visitations, and other acceptable and scriptural patterned services in the church. Then, there’s the supreme task of continuous improvement through consistent devotion and fellowship personally and communally where we receive more daily grace and revelation of the knowledge of Christ with prompt obedience and reverential fear. As we do all these, we become good examples of the life of Christ on earth and replicate these lives in others who become subjected to Christ through us and we are reckoned as true stewards of the Master- Philippians 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

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