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“And not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.

 

“and knit together”

“Knit together” means to cause to coalesce, to join or knit together, to bring together, to unite, to combine.  It is often translated as “teach” or “instruct.”  It means to bring several ideas together to conclude. 

Eph. 4:15,16, “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.” 

This is a parallel passage to our verse.  The “joints and ligaments” here are men given by Christ for equipping the saints for the work of the ministry.  Gifted men such as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastor-teachers equip the saints for ministry.

PRINCIPLE:

The church functions best when gifted men communicate the nourishment of truth to the church.

APPLICATION:

The church coalesces when gifted men nourish the church with the truth.  Are you in a healthy church where the gifts edify the body of Christ? 

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