And to some, his ‘gift’ was that they should be apostles;
to some prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers;
to knit God’s holy people together for the work of service to build up the Body of Christ,
until we all reach unity in faith and knowledge of the Son of God
and form the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself.
If we live by the truth and in love, we shall grow completely into Christ,
who is the head by whom the whole Body is fitted and joined together,
every joint adding its own strength,
for each individual part to work according to its function.
So the body grows until it has built itself up in love.