Christ Gives All Gifts (7-10)
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Therefore it says,
“WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,
HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,
AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”
(Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?
He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,
so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;
In 1 Corinthians 12:8–10, 28:
• Word of wisdom
• Word of knowledge
• Prophecy and prophets
• Interpretation of tongues
• Deeds of power
• Forms of assistance
• Forms of leadership
In Romans 12:6–8:
• Showing mercy
In Ephesians 4:11:
You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives;
You have received gifts among men,
Even among the rebellious also, that the LORD God may dwell there.
Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.
having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,
“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
What Happens As A Result?
We grow up.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.
We speak truth in love.
but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,
The body grows.
from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.