It is biblically imperative that the Lord’s church be equipped
if it is to effectively minister.
The question we must answer, what does “equipped”
Searching the noun form of the root word (Equip)
leaves much to be desired.
By searching the verb form, however, we see an array
of uses of this word.
By understanding the
verb form of the root word (katarti) throughout the N.T.,
we can glean a broader sense of application of the word (Equipped)
as intended in Ephesians
REPAIRING OUR LIVES
The idea of “equipping” includes the imagery of mending.
Jesus came for the sick because they needed to be made
As Christians we need to be equipped (mended)
if we are to effectively serve one another.
RECONCILING WITH OTHER LIVES
Quarreling (division) with one another does not produce an
effective body of believers.
Unity does. 1
Christians promote peace and work toward unity. cp. Eph.
RESEMBLING OUR RABBI
The goal of our lives is to be made into the image of our
This happens when we – as disciples of Jesus – are
fully trained by Him. Lk.
That is the image of the mature “man.” Eph.
We now should have a well-rounded view of what being
Like our Rabbi.
can best serve as God desires when we’re fully equipped.
to God in the church by Christ Jesus
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