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Bible Dictionary: Define edifying, Definition of edifying

 

Bible Dictionary Definition of edifying:

3619 οικοδομη oikodome oy-kod-om-ay'

building up

Examples of edifying from KJV:

Matthew 24:1  And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings <3619> of the temple.  
Mark 13:1  And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith to him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings <3619> are here!  
Mark 13:2  And Jesus answering said to him, Seest thou these great buildings <3619>? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.  
Romans 14:19  Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify <3619> another.  
Romans 15:2  Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification <3619>.  
1 Corinthians 3:9  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building <3619>.  
1 Corinthians 14:3  But he that prophesieth speaketh to men to edification <3619>, and exhortation, and comfort.  
1 Corinthians 14:5  I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying <3619>.  
1 Corinthians 14:12  Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying <3619> of the church.  
1 Corinthians 14:26  How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done to edifying <3619>.  
2 Corinthians 5:1  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building <3619> of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  
2 Corinthians 10:8  For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification <3619>, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:  
2 Corinthians 12:19  Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves to you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying <3619>.  
2 Corinthians 13:10  Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification <3619>, and not to destruction.  
Ephesians 2:21  In whom all the building <3619> fitly framed together groweth to an holy temple in the Lord:  
Ephesians 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying <3619> of the body of Christ:  
Ephesians 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body to the edifying <3619> of itself in love.  
Ephesians 4:29  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying <3619>, that it may minister grace to the hearers.

1 Timothy 1:4  Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying <3620> which is in faith: so do.  

Only Christ can do any edifying.  In understanding Ephesians 4:12-16, you must go back to the main verb, edoken, in verse 11.  Christ gave the gifts.  He gave the office of apostle.  He gave the four ministries.  Those gifts are not the persons but the Christ in those persons, as another passage says, "Christ in us, the hope of glory."  The text cannot be read any other way than to understand that these gifts are performing all of this work as the gifts proceed from Christ.  Grace means, literally, free gift.  This is grace, and we know from Scripture that it is grace that does any work that is done.  In fact, God could give no greater gift, so He gave us of Himself.  He chooses to do it through apostles, ones sent.  He chooses to not use those who send themselves or who are sent by men.  It is plain from the Greek that it is not gifted people who do any of this work, but rather the Gift Himself does the work through the members.  This is true whether it is the apostle who is totally equipping and completing the member or the member who is now also moving in the power and authority of the same gift.  When any member comes into submission to the apostle, that person carries the same anointing and authority of the apostle just as long and to the extent that they are in submission.  They are not submitting to a man but to Christ Himself.  If you can discern the Body of Christ, you will see this.  If you see this, flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but your Father in Heaven has revealed it.  

You can go many places on the internet, on Christian radio, or in the religious world where you will find people twisting this Scripture.  They will twist "apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;" into "teacher/pastors" or some other misquote.  The Bible says what it says.  The Scripture cannot be broken.  Satan hates the Bible and he hates God's church and the orders of God's church.  If you see someone doing this, run, do not walk, away.

1 Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.  



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