4:14 was born in the knowledge that expressing thoughts often brings a clarity that is otherwise absent. If nothing else it can highlight a lack of clarity that could otherwise be disguised and force us into thinking some more. 4:14 allows me to think aloud, and I encourage others to join me.
I’ll be blogging primarily about theological issues, particularly those which have a relevance to Wales, where I live and minister. Particular theological hobby-horses of mine (which will no doubt show themselves over time ;-)) are Pneumatology (particularly in relation to revival and spiritual gifts) and the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. I describe myself as a reforming evangelical, which is my way of not forgetting the reformation principle of semper reformanda.
Ephesians 4:14 is part of a larger passage of scripture which says:
…It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fulness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
It should not come as a surprise that the Apostle Paul is concerned about the lack of spiritual maturity he sees. It is a concern that has been apparent in every generation, and it is no less a concern in this one. And though the solution is as difficult to accomplish as it is simple to explain, the rewards far outweigh the effort.
- Christ raises up Christian leaders.
- The church responds by more eagerly serving Christ, and so the church is built up.
- Maturity is accompanied by (or rather is defined by knowledge of Jesus). We grow in Him.
- Maturity shows itself through greater love, and a greater eagerness for truth.