Why Does Christ Give Gifts?
We probably all like receiving gifts. Me? I love receiving gifts. In fact, gifts is my love language. It doesn’t take much. If my wife buys me a Reese’s Cup, I’m in hog heaven.
In today’s scripture, Paul tells us about God giving us gifts through Christ. He tells us from a broad view about the gift of God. He gives us a view of how Christ went about it. He describes some of those who receives gifts and why they were given their gifts.
In Ephesians 4:7, Paul writes that each of us is given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Paul had just written that about the unity of the Spirit, where there is one body and one Spirit. That does not mean that each gift is the same or that they are even dispersed evenly. Each of us are given grace, but Christ’s gift may be measured out differently for each of us.
Paul continues that Christ descended from His home to rescue us. Not only did He descend for us, but He ascended with us when He returned.
Next, Paul writes that He gave some as prophets, apostles, evangelists and pastors and teachers. For what purpose? For their work of service to the building up of the body of Christ until we attain the unity of the faith. Not only that, but also the knowledge of the Son of God to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. In other words, their purpose is to build us into who Christ intends us to be.]
Why does this happen? Because we are no longer to be children. Children are tossed here and there by waves and carried down by every wind of doctrine, or the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming. Instead, through the speaking of truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects in Him who is the head, Christ. From Him the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. In other words, Christ gives His gifts to the individual pieces of the body so that the body will grow and build itself up in love.