Ephesians 4:12
Good News Translation
He did this to prepare all God's people for the work of Christian service, in order to build up the body of Christ.

Contemporary English Version
so his people would learn to serve and his body would grow strong.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the perfecting of the saints, for the word of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

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For the perfecting of the saints, for the word of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

perfection.

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren.

John 21:15-17 When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. . . .

Acts 9:31 Now, the church had peace throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria: and was edified, walking in the fear of the Lord: and was filled with the consolation of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 11:23 Who, when he was come and had seen the grace of God, rejoiced. And he exhorted them all with purpose of heart to continue in the Lord.

Acts 14:22,23 Confirming the souls of the disciples and exhorting them to continue in the faith: and that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God. . . .

Acts 20:28 Take heed to yourselves and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops, to rule the Church of God which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Romans 15:14,29 And I myself also, my brethren, am assured of you that you also are full of love, replenished with all knowledge, so that you are able to admonish one another. . . .

1 Corinthians 12:7 And the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man unto profit.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God.

Philippians 1:25,26 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all, for your furtherance and joy of faith: . . .

Philippians 3:12-18 Not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect: but I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend, wherein I am also apprehended by Christ Jesus. . . .

Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:11-14 For which cause comfort one another and edify one another, as you also do. . . .

Hebrews 6:1 Wherefore, leaving the word of the beginning of Christ, let us go on to things more perfect: not laying again the foundation of penance from dead works and of faith towards God,

Hebrews 13:17 Obey your prelates and be subject to them. For they watch as being to render an account of your souls: that they may do this with joy and not with grief. For this is not expedient for you.

the work.

Acts 1:17,25 Who was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. . . .

Acts 20:24 But I fear none of these things, neither do I count my life more precious than myself, so that I may consummate my course and the ministry of the word which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Romans 12:7 Or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine;

1 Corinthians 4:1,2 Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ and the dispensers of the mysteries of God. . . .

2 Corinthians 3:8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather in glory?

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministration, according as we have obtained mercy, we faint not.

2 Corinthians 5:18 But all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Christ and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 6:3 Giving no offence to any man, that our ministry be not blamed.

Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus: Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

1 Timothy 1:12 I give him thanks who hath strengthened me, even to Christ Jesus our Lord, for that he hath counted me faithful, putting me in the ministry:

2 Timothy 4:5,11 But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry. Be sober. . . .

the edifying.

Ephesians 4:16,29 From whom the whole body, being compacted and fitly joined together, by what every joint supplieth, according to the operation in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, unto the edifying of itself in charity. . . .

Romans 14:19 Therefore, let us follow after the things that are of peace and keep the things that are of edification, one towards another.

Romans 15:2 Let every one of you Please his neighbour unto good, to edification.

1 Corinthians 14:4,5,12,14,26 He that speaketh in a tongue edifieth himself: but he that prophesieth, edifieth the church. . . .

2 Corinthians 12:19 Of old, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ: but all things, my dearly beloved, for your edification.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 For which cause comfort one another and edify one another, as you also do.

the body.

Ephesians 4:4 One body and one Spirit: as you are called in one hope of your calling.

Ephesians 1:23 Which is his body and the fulness of him who is filled all in all.

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body, which is the church:

Context
Unity in the Body
11And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and other some evangelists, and other some pastors and doctors: 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the word of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13Until we all meet into the unity of faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ:…
Cross References
Romans 12:5
So we, being many, are one body in Christ; and every one members one of another:

Romans 14:19
Therefore, let us follow after the things that are of peace and keep the things that are of edification, one towards another.

Romans 15:2
Let every one of you Please his neighbour unto good, to edification.

1 Corinthians 12:7
And the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man unto profit.

1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ and members of member.

2 Corinthians 13:9
For we rejoice that we are weak and you are strong. This also we pray for, your perfection.

2 Corinthians 13:11
For the rest, brethren, rejoice, be perfect, take exhortation, be of one mind, have peace. And the God of grace and of love shall be with you.

Ephesians 1:23
Which is his body and the fulness of him who is filled all in all.

2 Timothy 4:5
But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry. Be sober.

Additional Translations
to equip the saints for works of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,

toward the perfecting of the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ,

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ:

for the perfecting of the saints; with a view to [the] work of [the] ministry, with a view to the edifying of the body of Christ;

for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ:

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

in order fully to equip His people for the work of serving--for the building up of Christ's body--

for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ;

unto the perfecting of the saints, for a work of ministration, for a building up of the body of the Christ,
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