“And he gave to the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors, and the teachers, in order to equip the saints for the work of the ministryfor the building up of the body of Christ, until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to the maturity of man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11). -13).
These New Testament Bible verses point to the gifts God has given to some, equipping them to build his church on earth, say religious leaders.
These “gifts” are for those listed in the above verses: the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.
First, what is the Epistle to the Ephesians and who wrote it?
Most scholars believe the apostle paul wrote Ephesians, according to Christianity.com.
“Paul, initially called Saul, was born a Jew and, in fact, persecuted many early Christians, thinking they were blaspheming God by exalting Jesus as the son of God,” the same site notes.
On the road to Damascus, however, Jesus appeared before Saul and revealed himself, and Saul “he became a believerand eventually changed his name to Paul,” that website also says.
Paul spent the rest of his life traveling and spreading the gospel, the site says.
Paul wrote the letter to the Ephesians to “early Christian believers in Ephesus, which at the time was a major commercial, political, and intellectual center in what is now modern Turkey,” Christianity.com continues.
“Most of the people in Ephesus at that time were pagans,” they note.
Paul “carried the gospel to Ephesus” and made the city “a evangelism center for a few years,” that website adds.
Scholars believe “given the time of writing and some textual references,” such as calling himself an “ambassador in chains” in Ephesians 6:20, that Paul was “in prison in Rome when he wrote this letter,” Christianity.com also notes.
A Chicago-area pastor said those ordained for service must understand that their given “command” is to “equip the saints for service.”
“That would involve mentoring,” Cristian Ionescu, senior pastor of the Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church and president of the Union of Romanian Pentecostal Churches in the US and Canada, told Fox News Digital by email.
“Therefore, we must spiritually feed the church with the Word of God and promote continuous growth,” said Ionescu, explaining that he fled communist Romania in search of religious freedom.
“Our goal is to see our more insightful and mature brothers and sisters in the faith.”
To achieve that, Ionescu said, “we must all live up to our standard of perfection, which is our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ionescu said that these examples of perfection include the principles of Christ and his commandments.
“And,” he said, “his life, an example of obedience to the will of God.”