Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers

Ephesians 4:11–16 (MEV): He gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, for the equipping of the saints, for the work of service, and for the building up of the body of Christ, until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, into a complete man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so we may no longer be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the trickery of men, by craftiness with deceitful scheming. But, speaking the truth in love, we may grow up in all things into Him, who is the head, Christ Himself, from whom the whole body is joined together and connected by every joint and ligament, as every part effectively does its work and grows, building itself up in love.

There are many today who think some of these gifts to people are expired. I know I’ve heard people say there are no more apostles. But for the building up of the body, I think there are. These are the ones who are sent to establish local bodies of believers we call churches. These are the ones sent out for that purpose.

In much the same point… Others opine that there are no more prophets. There is a need for those who forthtell truth plainly. A prophet doesn’t necessarily predict the future. The church body still has a need for truth, as offensive as it may be to all of us.

Many readily take on the last three titles, evangelists, pastors and teachers. There is little controversy here.

Do note what Paul writes clearly; these (all) are for the equipping of saints, for the work of service and for the building up of the body of Christ until we all come into the unity of faith and the full knowledge of the Son of God. Have all of us have achieved such things?

The usage of the word ‘and’ indicates that these are all given to different people to work together, there is no ‘or.’ One doesn’t work his gifts without the need of others.

When it comes to the giftings of the Holy Spirit written of here, do you know which is yours?

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