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13 These grace ministries will function until we all attain oneness into the faith, until we all experience the fullness of what it means to know the Son of God,[a] and finally we become one into a perfect man[b] with the full dimensions of spiritual maturity and fully developed into the abundance of Christ.

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Footnotes

  1. 4:13 The Greek literally means “until we have the full knowledge of the Son of God.”
  2. 4:13 The Hebrew and Aramaic word for “perfect” is gamar, and the word implies that perfection cannot come to the body of Christ without the example and teaching of these five ministries—apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. To ignore these five ministry gifts of the ascended Christ for today is to despise the gifts that God has given to the church.

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