How a Comma Brought About a Discipleship Coma
Punctuation is important! But a ‘coma?’
Look at the difference between these verses, one from the King James Version and another from the English Standard Version. First, the King James:
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Now the ESV (and most every other modern translation):
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Look at verse 12. God gave leaders in the church:
- For the perfecting of the saints
- for the work of the ministry
- For the edifying of the body of Christ.
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