The Measure Of Grace
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Ephesians 4:15 says, "But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ."  This growth is made possible because Christ gave grace to each member of His body.

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift (Ephesians 4:7).

Grace was measured to each one of us so that each member might be equipped "for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ" (4:12).

When all the members release the grace given them by doing the work of service (which means ministry one to another), then we, the body, attain to "a mature man" (4:13).  Literally, that means "full-grown", or in Thayer's words, "lacking nothing necessary to completeness."

This mature man, e.g., the body of Christ, fills "the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ" (4:13).  In other words, Christ supplies all the grace needed for the body to attain to the fulness of God by measuring out that grace and giving it to the individual members.

But for the growth to really occur, for the grace measured out to work it's full purpose, it is necessary that the individual members function properly and effectually.  For "that which every joint supplies", meaning the grace ministered by the member to the other members it touches, depends on "the proper [lit: in its measure] working of each individual part" (4:16).

But we all know that many members do not function properly and effectually.  They do not freely operate in all the grace measured to them by Jesus.  Rather, they are bound and limited, through sin, self, the world, and the devil.  This is the reason why Total Life Ministries is committed to Word Based Counseling--to free and release the individuals God directs to us, so that they can more fully know and function in the grace of God, and thus do their part in the body.

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