Literally “building up,” it approximates encouragement and consolation (1 Corinthians 14:3;
1 Thessalonians 5:11), though with edification focus falls on the goal, defined as being established in faith (Colossians 2:7) or attaining unity of faith and knowledge, maturity, and the full measure of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). Edification is the special responsibility of the various church leaders (Ephesians 4:11-12) and is the legitimate context for the exercise of their authority (2 Corinthians 10:8;
2 Corinthians 13:10). The work of building up is, however, the work of all Christians (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Spiritual gifts are given for the edification of the Church. Of these gifts, those which involve speaking are especially important (Acts 20:32;
1 Corinthians 14:1;
Ephesians 4:29). All elements of Christian worship should contribute to edification (1 Corinthians 14:26). Prophecy and instruction are especially important (1 Corinthians 14:3,1 Corinthians 14:18-19). Edification is not all talk, however, but involves demonstrating love (1 Corinthians 8:1) and consideration for those weak in faith (Romans 15:1-2).
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