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The Pulpit Commentary - Ephesians 4:7-11

Christ's gifts to his Church. The grand object of the apostle in this section of his Epistle is to show the ample provision made by Christ for the welfare of his Church. The Church may sing as well as the individual, "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want." The particular object is to indicate that the gifts conferred by him on the members individually ( Ephesians 4:7-10 ), and especially the appointment of the several classes of office-bearers ( Ephesians 4:10 ), show the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ephesians 4:7-16

VARIETY OF GIFTS IN CONNECTION WITH UNITY ; USE TO BE MADE OF THEM . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ephesians 4:7-16

Redemptive influence the gift of Christ. "But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ephesians 4:11

And he gave some (to be) apostles. Coming back to the diversity of gifts ( Ephesians 4:7 ), He enumerates some of these, as Christ ( αὐτὸς , he , emphatic) bestowed them. The organization of the Church is not a mere human arrangement; its officers are of Divine appointment. The first gift is, his apostles. It is not meant that he gave to some the gifts needed to constitute them apostles, though that is true; but that, having qualified some to be apostles, he gave them to the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ephesians 4:11

The variety of the gifts. The Lord himself gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Provision is thus made for three great objects. I. THE FOUNDATION OF THE CHURCH . It needed a special order of inspired men to lay the foundations. Hence believers are said "to be built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets" ( Ephesians 2:20 ). The foundation, however, had only to be laid once for all, and these apostles and prophets passed away in the first age of... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Ephesians 4:11

And he gave some, apostles - He gave some to be apostles. The “object” here is to show that he has made ample provision for the extension and edification of his church On the meaning of the word “apostles,” and on their appointment by the Saviour, see the notes on Matthew 10:1.And some, prophets - He appointed some to be prophets; see the Romans 12:7, note; 1 Corinthians 12:28, note; 1 Corinthians 14:1, notes.And some, evangelists - see the notes on Acts 21:8; compare 2 Timothy 4:5. The word... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Ephesians 4:11

Ephesians 4:11. And Among other his free gifts; he gave some, apostles His chief ministers and special witnesses, as having seen him after his resurrection, and received their commission immediately from him. The office of an apostle was to declare, in an infallible manner, the whole gospel doctrine: to qualify them for which they were endowed with the plenary and most abundant inspiration of the Holy Spirit, imparting to them a perfect knowledge of all those truths and mysteries which... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Ephesians 4:1-16

4:1-6:24 THE DAILY LIFE OF THE CHURCH MEMBERSUnity in the church (4:1-16)God’s great purposes for his church should produce a new quality in the lives of the church members. The blessings that God gives should not lead the believers to pride. On the contrary, when they see that these blessings are an indication of the standard God expects, they will develop a new humility. When people or circumstances annoy them and try their patience, they will show love by being patient and helpful... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Ephesians 4:11

some. Add "indeed" (Greek. men) . apostles, prophets . App-189 . pastors = (as) shepherds. So every other occurance (seventeen in all). teachers . Greek. didaskalos. read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Ephesians 4:11

And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some pastors and teachers.This is a characteristic Pauline insertion, prompted by his mention a moment earlier of Christ "filling all things," which of necessity meant that he filled the church. How did Christ do such a thing? He did it in the manner in view here, through the faithful preaching of men in all generations who would declare the saving message.As Bruce observed, there are two pairs of offices in view... read more

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