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It always amazes me how I can read so many passages over and over and sometimes things just jump out at me that I never noticed before! This morning I have been reading in Ephesians 4 and when I read verse 7, I noticed something that I have never noticed before.
What is the Measure of Christ’s Gift?
Ephesians 4:7 says, “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” It was the phrase “according to Christ’s gift” that I had never paid attention to before.
Then verses 11-13 says, “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; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man and to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”
As I began to meditate on those verses, I began to think about the “measure of Christ’s gift” and then “to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.” Christ gave gifts of teaching, pastoring, propheting, and evangelizing. In 1 Corinthians it says, He also gave us gifts of wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, the effecting of miracles, tongues, interpreting tongues, and the distinguishing of spirits. In Acts 2:38, it says He gave “the gift of the Holy Spirit”.
So many different gifts! But as I sit here and think about that and meditate and ponder, I know that the greatest gift that He gave was the one that He gave on that “old rugged cross”. That was the one that gives each of us, who choose to accept it, eternal life. However, He chose to not only give us the gift of salvation but many other gifts to “the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ”. I ponder on the “fullness of Christ”.
What is the Fullness of Christ?
That takes me to Ephesians 1:17-23 “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you (another gift) a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance (another gift) in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power (another gift) toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which he brought about in Christ, when He raised him from the dead and seated Him at the right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. And he put all things in subjection under his feet, and (another gift) gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
My goodness! Richness! Goodness! Fullness! Power! Strength! The fullness of Him who fills all in all! It is just too much! “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it!” (Psalm 139:6) Just some of my ponderings for today.
Robin is the widow of James, mom of Sarah & Hannah, mom-in-love of Matthew (Sarah’s husband) and Grandma to Callie. She is a prayer warrior and lover of the Word of God. She is a creative mixed media artist and loves to do crafts of all kinds. She is a retired nurse and currently loving the retired life.