Eph 4:12 For(INTO THE FELLOWSHIP) the perfecting of the saints( mended, repaired, furnished and equipped) for(INTO) the work of the ministry,(INTO THE MINISTRY AS PERTAINING TO GIFTINGS, MINISTRIES AND CALLINGS) for the edifying of the body of Christ:
He gave the five-fold ministry as gifts. To bring all of the members of the church to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ so that we may come into the unity of the faith.
Through them all of the members should be made capable of performing their several parts in order that the whole church may be built up in its completeness.
This is for the purpose of furnishing every believer for their particular service and their particular contribution in building up Christ’s body.
It is the view to the full equipping of the saints.
Only then can the fullness of the glory of God be brought.
Perfecting: to mend as mending the holes in a fisherman’s net.
Matthew 4:21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
To outfit, equip, repair.
The equipping is to put every believer into the particular work of his or her office or ministry.
It is the endowment of believers in any local assembly with all that they spiritually require to become fully equipped and successfully carry out their ministries and callings.
Believers must be mended, repaired, furnished and equipped, and then be raised up so that they can bring forth the glory of the Lord through their ministries, whether in their local assembly, or in the mission field. This is the function of any local body.
This is why I say that the church should operate much more as a school, and much less as a place where pew sitters come to hear a sermon.
This believer now, who has been equipped for his or her particular ministry can now in turn supply their specific contribution to the building up of the body of Christ.
Eph 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 fulness of Christ:
In verse thirteen the Greek word “unity” is defined as unanimity. This refers to harmony that has been created through agreement on spiritual issues.
For us to achieve practical unity as believers upon on earth, we must reach a point of spiritual unanimity. This is an issue of the spirit. We must become one in spirit. I believe that unanimity of the faith can be only achieved through believers that have allowed the cross of Christ to touch and transform every part of their lives. As the cross of Christ kills off what is of the old nature, the Lord Jesus is revealed and created in the believer.
Unanimity or unity comes about because there is the “One and Same Man Christ Jesus” created in all of us. Unity among believers is really unity into the revelation of the same Person Jesus Christ dwelling in each of us.
“unto ( or into) a perfect man.” This is why is says that the church is man. Who is this perfect man? This man is no one else than Christ Jesus Himself. The word perfect describes a fully-grown man. Unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ is the description of what makes this man perfect.
The measure of the height or stature of the perfections of Christ is this perfect man. The church, made up of believers must represent this perfect man. Until we arrive at, or attain to. All members must come to their proper unity and maturity.
Participation and peak efficiency in ministry brings us into a mutual vision and understanding of our faith in Christ or the particulars of our walk with Christ. Our comprehension and oneness in the particulars of our walk with Christ brings us into an oneness of revelation of the Christ.
The glory of God is displayed through the efficiency and activity of each members, obedience and ministry before God.
The person of Christ is revealed in the local body and this brings us into a and accurate knowledge of the son of God
The fullness of the knowledge of the Son fills that body with all of His fullness.
As the fullness of Christ is revealed and we come to know and understand, we all grow up into the maturity of God. A perfect man is a full-grown man. The church as a full-grown man can fully bring forth the glory of God and subsequent revival.
Five fold ministry in action. Praying for a very sick girl in the bush in Simba Kenya