January 20, 2019

The Authority To Edify – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

     The Authority To Edify

       Don R. Patton

“Because of this I am writing these things while absent, so that when I arrive I may not have to deal harshly with you by using my authority—the Lord gave it to me for building up, not for tearing down!” (II Cor.13:10 NET)

Paul is teaching the Corinthians about “building up” the church and about the different building tools used for accomplishing that end. He often spoke of “gentleness.” (II Tim. 2:25) In the above passage, He speaks of dealing harshly. God has given authority for both. Both are for edification.

He had just explained the reason for the possible need of harshness.

“For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances;…” (II Corinthians 12:20

Therefore, he warns, “…if I come again I will not spare anyone,” (II Corinthians 13:2) The reason, this conduct hinders the building of the church.

“For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. … And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” (James 3:16, 18)

The Greek word “οἰκοδομή” (translated “edification”) pictures the building of a house.

“1. process of building, building, construction

  1. a building as result of a construction process, building, edifice… The builders, the masons (after Ps 117:22) Matt 21:42″ BDAG

The same word is used in Matt. 21:42.

Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone…”

We still use the word edifice to describe an imposing structure. Paul specifically said there was divine “authority” to edify, here referring to harshness. Later he called himself a “wise master-builder.” Paul used the Greek word ἀρχιτέκτων. When transliterated we have “architektōn,” from which we get architect. Paul laid the foundation on which we are to build (I Corinthians 3:10).

“According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.” (I Corinthians 3:10)

When Jesus used the same word, “οἰκοδομή,” to depict those who would build their house on a rock (His Word) or the sand (the ideas of men), He was painting a picture, not only of initially coming to Christ, but also of building (edifying) the coming church (Luke 6:48-49). The various gifts of leadership are to be used to “perfect” the saints in the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12), using the living “stones” that will build the “spiritual house” of God (I Peter 2:5).

And like any good builder, the Christian carpenter has tools of the trade to assist the process. There are “things which make for peace” that must be employed (Romans 14:19). While our text refers to harshness, most certainly “love edifies.” (I Corinthians 8:1) It a major tool along with Godly communication that does not “corrupt” the building work.

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification” (Ephesians 4:29)

Paul commanded the church at Corinth to, “…Let all things be done for edification.” (I Corinthians 14:26) Luke reveals, “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord.” (Acts 9:31




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