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The building up and strengthening in the faith of believers and churches. Believers are strengthened by God and are urged, too, to build up one another. The church is edified through God’s word, through the Holy Spirit and the proper use of spiritual gifts, through the church’s appointed ministries and through the mutual love, support and encouragement of its members.

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God edifies his people by strengthening them

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The edification of believers

God builds up the community of faith

1 Peter 2:4–5 ESV
As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
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Believers are to build themselves up

Jude 20 ESV
But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
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Believers are to build one another up

Romans 15:2 ESV
Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
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The means of edification

God’s word

Acts 20:32 ESV
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
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The Holy Spirit

Ephesians 3:16 ESV
that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
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Spiritual gifts

1 Corinthians 14:26 ESV
What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
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Appointed ministries

Ephesians 4:11–12 ESV
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

Pastors are to build up the flock in their care:

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Paul’s apostolic commission includes strengthening the churches:

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The message from the Jerusalem apostles results in believers being strengthened.

Paul’s apostolic authority is for the building up of the church:


Love and encouragement

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Examples of those who edified others

Moses; Job; Isaiah; Simon Peter; Paul and Barnabas; Judas and Silas; Timothy; Philemon

The goal of edification

Ephesians 4:13 ESV
until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

Edification results in spiritual discernment:

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Edification results in right living.
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