Edification

We are commanded to encourage and exhort one another daily as we see that Day approaching.  Many seek to minister to other believers as they write their blogs, but we really need a godly view of this ministry in order for it to edify each other and exalt our merciful God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  His work of redemption was to prepare for Himself, His own special people zealous for good works.  Well, edifying one another certainly qualifies for a good work.  We must, however, take care that we are writing for God’s glory and not our own.

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.  15 Speak these things, exhort and rebuke with all authority.  Let no one despise you.  Titus 2:11-15

So what we write to encourage, exhort, and edify one another, must be centered on sober, righteous godliness.  It must have as its goal the glory of Jesus Christ and the drawing of our brethren to Him.  It must be firmly anchored in our only authority that we have, which is the Word of God.  Now some may say that these verses apply only to the leadership.  But is that so?  We must always rightly divide the Word of God to understand what He is saying to His beloved children, you and me.

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;  Ephesians 4:11-13

No, on the contrary, the purpose of those called and equipped by Jesus for places of leadership is to equip us to edify one another.  This work of the Body must have as its goal the building up of one another in our most holy faith and in our knowledge of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Where do we get the information necessary for this very essential holy work?

14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.  Ephesians 4:14-16 

We certainly do not get it from the words and works of fallen man.  Why do you think the visible church is in such disarray?  It is because they have forsaken the fountain of living waters and hewn for themselves broken cisterns that can hold no water.  That is the grievous effect of leaving God’s Word for the word of fallen man.  Only God’s Word, the Holy Bible is the truth.  Jesus prayed that to His Father in Heaven, our Father if we have repentant faith in Jesus, He prayed that His Word, God’s Word is truth.

13 “For my people have committed two evils; They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn for themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.  Jeremiah 2:13

17 Sanctify them by Your truth.  Your Word is truth.  John 17:17

So what is the result when we substitute our God’s truth with man’s perversions?  Look around you and what do you see?  This nation is full of sin broken people living sin destroying lives that is leading our nation into further apostasy and greater expectation of God’s just judgment.  When you write to exhort, comfort, encourage one another don’t quote false teachers.  Don’t go to the well-spring of apostasy to bring light to the beleaguered and lost.  What you are doing is spreading darkness which can only lead to great discouragement and apostasy.  You are trying to quench the thirst for truth with the sand of wicked lies.

As we seek to edify one another we must do so in love.  Love doesn’t hold back the truth but teaches it with the desire to see others corrected and consecrated to the Lord their God.  Those who speak the truth in love, desire to see others edified and Christ glorified as they turn to Him and trust in Him.  All edification must have as its sole goal greater faith in and conformity to Jesus Christ.  To write without this goal is to disperse foolishness rather than extending loving godliness.

We live in the desperate times of which Paul warned in 2 Timothy 3:1-9.  Deceitful workers full only of the flesh and its wicked works wreck destruction in the lives of those they influence.  We live in the desperate times further revealed in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 where unbelievers surround themselves with lying liars telling lies because that is what they want to hear.  We must be about our Savior’s business and write about His truth alone!  My God directed experiences may edify you or not, but God’s all powerful Word applied to the heart by the Holy Spirit will bring forth the fruit that glorifies God and edifies the recipient.

1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.  And from such turn away!  6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away with various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.   2 Timothy 3:1-9

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned aside to fables.  2 Timothy 4:3-4

We are commanded to exhort one another daily unless we become overpowered by the sinister deception of sin and then depart from the living God.  We must speak the truth, God’s Word, in love to help our brothers and sisters remain steadfast in their unwavering faith, adoring love, and productive laboring for our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ.  Please always make sure that what you write or read doesn’t further the pollution of the Body by the sinful flesh, but that it instead builds up one another on our most holy faith always only pointing to Jesus Christ Who alone is worthy.   This isn’t at all about us, but about each other and most importantly, our Great God and King, Jesus Christ.  Amen!

12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called, “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  14 For we have become partakes of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said:  “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”  Hebrews 3:12-15

Lord Jesus Christ we are weak and helpless without you.  Our flesh can quickly overpower our sincere desires to glorify You.  We need You to make us stand, and we need each other to exhort one another for Your glory.  May You work this out for Your praise.  Amen!

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13 Responses to Edification

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Good word there Eliza. And than Him for the edification that does happen on here.

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    • Eliza says:

      God’s word is good isn’t it Wally, especially when used for His glory and the building up of one another. Praise God for His work in all of His children for our salvation, His praise and love for one another. Amen!
      Thank you for your encouragement, Wally. I appreciate it. 🙂

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  2. Kristi Ann says:

    Amen Sister in Christ Jesus-Yeshua Eliza!!

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  3. The confusing thing these days is not just doctrinal differences in “believers” but different Christs. I’ve learned this the hard way. With most traditional denominations, it’s possible to reach for the over-arching spiritual truth and find some common ground but much of the new growth in the church isn’t based on the Bible at all or everything in the Bible has been re-defined. It makes for a lot of confusing conversations. Difficult days is kind of an understatement.

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  4. Apollo says:

    Hi Eliza – this excerpt from your quoted passage sounds like many of the people in my neighbourhood:

    “For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.” 2 Timothy 3:2-5

    Including a few of the ‘religious’ ones. There was a time in our nation, where people would go out of their way to help each other, particularly in times of financial depression and/or war time. Nowadays people go out of their way to avoid those in distress saying things like “I’m not going to get involved”, thus leaving them stranded on the side of the road of life.

    However, that does give God’s people a real opportunity to shine, in the doing of good works to the wider community. There are still many who appreciate any small act of kindness that a believer may do towards them, and the testimony of the Gospel advances that much more and is seen to have a positive and practical outworking..

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  5. Rich Kelley says:

    Ephesians 4:11-12 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

    “No, on the contrary, the purpose of those called and equipped by Jesus for places of leadership is to equip us to edify one another.”

    The term leadership is not found in the New Testament in any of the major translations. Leadership is something man has come up with that taints service in the Kingdom. Notice that the services listed are not numbered and they are not called ministries. The scripture tells us why those functions are given to the body, they are there for service, man makes them positions of leadership. Paul only mentions five kinds of service, I would submit that there are many that actually happen in the Ekklesia to build up the body. For the most part those services mentioned by Paul have become nouns instead of verbs and are paid vocations instead of service. When gifts are given to the body that service is to be given to the body. This giving is not done from a proclaimed position of leadership or a title. If someone is paid to do something it is no longer service but an obligation subject to the employer. People are equipped by the Holy Spirit not to be leaders but to be servants. Man equips for positions and power, but not so in the body of Christ. We need to see if we can out serve one another.

    servitude; the state of being a slave or completely subject to someone more powerful. Christ is now Lord of all and the one disciples are to be subject to.

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