What does Edification mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
οἰκοδομὴν (the act of) building 5
οἰκοδομῆς (the act of) building 2
οἰκοδομήν (the act of) building 1

Definitions Related to Edification

G3619


   1 (the act of) building, building up.
   2 metaph.
   edifying, Edification.
      2a the act of one who promotes another’s growth in Christian wisdom, piety, happiness, holiness.
   3 a building (i.e. the thing built, edifice).
   

Frequency of Edification (original languages)

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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words - Edification, Edify, Edifying
A — 1: οἰκοδομή (Strong's #3619 — Noun Feminine — oikodome — oy-kod-om-ay' ) denotes (a) "the act of building" (oikos, "a home," and demo, "to build"); this is used only figuratively in the NT, in the sense of edification, the promotion of spiritual growth (lit., "the things of building up"), Romans 14:19 ; 15:2 ; 1 Corinthians 14:3,5,12,26 , e.g.; (b) "a building, edifice," whether material, Matthew 24:1 , e.g., or figurative, of the future body of the believer, 2 Corinthians 5:1 , or of a local church, 1 Corinthians 3:9 , or the whole church, "the body of Christ," Ephesians 2:21 . See BUILDING.
B — 1: οἰκοδομέω (Strong's #3618 — Verb — oikodomeo — oy-kod-om-eh'-o ) lit., "to build a house" (see above), (a) usually signifies "to build," whether literally, or figuratively; the present participle, lit., "the (ones) building," is used as a noun, "the builders," in Matthew 21:42 ; Mark 12:10 ; Luke 20:17 ; Acts 4:11 (in some mss.; the most authentic have the noun oikodomos); 1 Peter 2:7 ; (b) is used metaphorically, in the sense of "edifying," promoting the spiritual growth and development of character of believers, by teaching or by example, suggesting such spiritual progress as the result of patient labor. It is said (1) of the effect of this upon local churches, Acts 9:31 ; 1 Corinthians 14:4 ; (2) of the individual action of believers towards each other, 1 Corinthians 8:1 ; 10:23 ; 14:17 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ; (3) of an individual in regard to himself, 1 Corinthians 14:4 . In 1 Corinthians 8:10 , where it is translated "emboldened," the Apostle uses it with pathetic irony, of the action of a brother in "building up" his brother who had a weak conscience, causing him to compromise his scruples; "strengthened," or "confirmed," would be suitable renderings. See BUILD , EMBOLDEN.
Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Edification
This word signifies a building up. Hence we call a building an edifice. Applied to spiritual things, it signifies the improving, adorning, and comforting the mind; and a Christian may be said to be edified when he is encouraged and animated in the ways and works, of the Lord. The means to promote our own edification are, prayer, self-examination, reading the Scriptures, hearing the Gospel, meditation, attendance on all appointed ordinances. To edify others there should be love, spiritual conversation, forbearance, faithfulness, benevolent exertions, and uniformity of conduct.
Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection - Edification: the Aim of Christian Speech
When Handel's oratorio of the 'Messiah' had won the admiration of many of the great, Lord Kinnoul took occasion to pay him some compliments on the noble entertainment which he had lately given the town. 'My lord,' said Handel, 'I should be sorry if I only entertained them; I wish to make them better.' It is to be feared that many speech- makers at public meetings could not say as much; and yet how dare any of us waste the time of our fellow immortals in mere amusing talk! If we have nothing to speak to edification, how much better to hold our tongue!
Holman Bible Dictionary - Edification
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 (1Corinthians 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 ).
Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Edification
The term (οἰκοδομή) means literally ‘building up.’ The figurative sense of building up spiritually has two applications in apostolic usage. (1) It signifies the spiritual advancement, in a general way, of the Church. (2) It is the special process or didactic means whereby the faith, knowledge, and experience of individuals were established and enlarged.
In Authorized Version οἰκοδομή and the cognate verb οἰκοδομέω, in the figurative sense, are translated ‘edification’ or ‘edify’19 times. The two meanings indicated above are more apparent in Revised Version , where ‘building up’ is often employed to express the more general idea, especially where, as in Ephesians 4:12, ‘the picturesqueness of the metaphor must be preserved’ (Armitage Robinson, Ephesians, 1903, p. 182), while ‘edification’ or ‘edify’ occurs 14 times. Half of these are found in 1 Corinthians 14, where they bear the special meaning.
1. General.-The figurative use of the term οἰκοδομή for that which builds up generally the Church and the spiritual life of individuals within the Christian community is almost exclusively Pauline. The germ of the idea is probably to be found in the saying of Christ (Matthew 16:18) concerning the building of His Church (Lightfoot, Notes on Epistles of St. Paul, 1895, p. 191). But St. Paul frequently applies the metaphor of building to the structure and growth of the Christian life (1 Corinthians 3:9 f., Ephesians 2:20 f., Colossians 2:7; cf. 1 Corinthians 14:1-25). Edification is the promotion of this building up process by speech (Ephesians 4:29) or conduct (Romans 15:2). Three elements in the Church contribute to it-peace, both external (Acts 9:31) and internal (Romans 14:19); love (Ephesians 4:15 f.), in contrast especially with boasted knowledge (1 Corinthians 8:1) or self-seeking (1 Corinthians 10:23 f.); and service (διακονία) wherein each may share in the ministering of all (Ephesians 4:11 f., 1 Thessalonians 5:11).
2. Special.-In its specialized use, οἰκοδομή is a technical term for the exercise of ‘spiritual gifts’ (χαρίσματα) within the Christian congregation by its members, for the mutual ‘edification’ of individuals. St. Paul’s description of the variety and exercise of these endowments in Corinth (1 Corinthians 12, 14) is probably true of most places in which the Church was established. There were evidently meetings held almost exclusively for ‘edification,’ to which unbelievers were admitted (1 Corinthians 14:23 f.). It was not a formal service for Divine worship, but rather a fellowship meeting with the practical aim of affording members with a ‘gift’ an opportunity of using their supernaturally bestowed powers for the spiritual welfare of all present (1 Corinthians 12:6; cf. 1 Peter 4:10 f.). At such times the most notable contributions would be: (a) teaching (διδαχή), which included the ‘word of wisdom’ and the ‘word of knowledge’ (1 Corinthians 12:8); (b) prophecy (προφητεία) which dealt with future events (Acts 11:28) or revealed an insight into the needs of those present (1 Corinthians 14:3; 1 Corinthians 14:24 f.); (c) glossolalia or tongues (γένη γλωσσῶν), which were probably incomprehensible utterances expressive of prayer or praise (1 Corinthians 14:13).
Closely connected with prophecy was ‘discerning of spirits,’ and with glossolalia ‘the interpretation of tongues’ (1 Corinthians 12:10; 1 Corinthians 14:27 ff.). In addition there would be prayer, the reciting or singing of hymns, the reading of Scripture, and the ‘word of exhortation’ (1 Corinthians 14:26, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, Acts 13:15).
In order that genuine edification might result from such a variety of gifts, exercised often under stress of great excitement, two rules were laid down for the Corinthian Church: (1) the comparative value of χαρίσματα must be recognized-e.g. prophecy is superior to ‘tongues’ for purposes of edification (1 Peter 2:5); (2) there must be an observance of due order in the meetings (1 Corinthians 14:26-40).
Literature.-Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols) , articles ‘Church,’ ‘Edification’; H. Cremer, Bibl.-Theol. Lex. of NT Greek, s.vv. οἰκοδομέω, οἰκοδομή; O. Pfleiderer, paulinism, Eng. translation 2, 1891, i. 229-238; C. von Weizsacker, Apostolic Age, Eng. translation 2, ii. [1] 246-279; A. C. McGiffert, History of Christianity in the Apostolic Age, 1897, pp. 520-535; E. von Dobschütz, Christian Life in the primitive Church, Eng. translation , 1904, pp. 16-20; T. M. Lindsay, The Church and the Ministry in the Early Centuries3, 1907, pp. 41-50, 69-109.
M. Scott Fletcher.
Webster's Dictionary - Edification
(1):
(n.) A building or edifice.
(2):
(n.) The act of edifying, or the state of being edified; a building up, especially in a moral or spiritual sense; moral, intellectual, or spiritual improvement; instruction.
King James Dictionary - Edification
EDIFICA'TION, n. L. oedificatio. See Edify.
1. A building up, in a moral and religious sense instruction improvement and progress of the mind, in knowledge, in morals, or in faith and holiness. He that prophesieth, speaketh to men to edification. 1 Corinthians 14
2. Instruction improvement of the mind in any species of useful knowledge.
1910 New Catholic Dictionary - Edification
(Latin: ædifico, to build up)
Saint Paul's expression for the manner in which Christians, by giving good example to one another, should build up the mystical body of Christ, the Church.
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Edification
From οἰκοδομέω 'to build, to build up.' The same word is used for the building of the Temple at Jerusalem, John 2:20 , and by the Lord when He said He would build His assembly. Matthew 16:18 . Οἰκοδομή occurs often in the epistles with the exhortation that all things in the church should be done to edification. Romans 14:19 ; Romans 15:2 ; 1 Corinthians 14:3-26 ; Ephesians 4:16,29 . The gifts in the church were also for the edifying of the body of Christ, Ephesians 4:12 ; and when things were at their worst Christians were exhorted to be building up themselves on their most holy faith. Jude 20 . As a building is increased and strengthened, so the body of Christ is built up by the ministry of the Spirit through the word until all come "unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." Ephesians 4:13 .

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Edificatory - ) Tending to Edification
Edification - 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 ). Spiritual gifts are given for the Edification of the Church. All elements of Christian worship should contribute to Edification (1 Corinthians 14:26 ). 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 )
Olympas - The addition, "and all the saints which are with them," implies that each of the five, of whom Olympas is one, was a center round whom others gathered for prayer, Edification, and good works
Embolden - See BUILD , Edification
Edification - He that prophesieth, speaketh to men to Edification
Edification - ...
In Authorized Version οἰκοδομή and the cognate verb οἰκοδομέω, in the figurative sense, are translated ‘edification’ or ‘edify’19 times. 182), while ‘edification’ or ‘edify’ occurs 14 times. Edification is the promotion of this building up process by speech (Ephesians 4:29) or conduct (Romans 15:2). -In its specialized use, οἰκοδομή is a technical term for the exercise of ‘spiritual gifts’ (χαρίσματα) within the Christian congregation by its members, for the mutual ‘edification’ of individuals. There were evidently meetings held almost exclusively for ‘edification,’ to which unbelievers were admitted (1 Corinthians 14:23 f. ...
In order that genuine Edification might result from such a variety of gifts, exercised often under stress of great excitement, two rules were laid down for the Corinthian Church: (1) the comparative value of χαρίσματα must be recognized-e. prophecy is superior to ‘tongues’ for purposes of Edification (1 Corinthians 14:1-25); (2) there must be an observance of due order in the meetings (1 Corinthians 14:26-40). -Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols) , articles ‘Church,’ ‘Edification’; H
Edify - As Christians, we are to "let all things be done for Edification" (1 Corinthians 14:26)
Edification - The means to promote our own Edification are, prayer, self-examination, reading the Scriptures, hearing the Gospel, meditation, attendance on all appointed ordinances
Gifts, Spiritual - charismata), gifts supernaturally bestowed on the early Christians, each having his own proper gift or gifts for the Edification of the body of Christ
Edification: the Aim of Christian Speech - ' It is to be feared that many speech- makers at public meetings could not say as much; and yet how dare any of us waste the time of our fellow immortals in mere amusing talk! If we have nothing to speak to Edification, how much better to hold our tongue! ...
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Asmodaeus - It would seem that the Book of Tobit is really a Median folk-story, adapted for Edification by a Jew, with sundry uncomprehended features of the original left unchanged
Rites And Ceremonies - These when prescribed by lawful authority areinstrumental in promoting uniformity of worship and are conduciveto regularity and Edification
Eloi, Saint - He was a source of Edification at court, building and restoring several basilicas and monasteries, the most important of which was at Solignac, 632, where he introduced the Irish monastic rule
Eligius, Saint - He was a source of Edification at court, building and restoring several basilicas and monasteries, the most important of which was at Solignac, 632, where he introduced the Irish monastic rule
Maschil - Edification, spiritual "wisdom" (Colossians 3:16)
Edification - Οἰκοδομή occurs often in the epistles with the exhortation that all things in the church should be done to Edification
Idle - Unprofitable not tending to Edification
Build, Builder, Building - ...
B — 1: οἰκοδομή (Strong's #3619 — Noun Feminine — oikodome — oy-kod-om-ay' ) "a building, or Edification" (see A, No. See Edification , EDIFY
Worship of God - The directions of Paul, not to forsake the "assembling of ourselves together," to read his epistles "in all the churches," and to join in "psalms and hymns and spiritual songs," and his rules for securing the highest spiritual Edification of all when they came together in the church, all indicate the established law of Christianity
Conference - One hour in a week spent thus will contribute much to our Edification, provided we abstain from the disorders that have often disgraced, and sometimes destroyed, this excellent Christian practice
Edification, Edify, Edifying - A — 1: οἰκοδομή (Strong's #3619 — Noun Feminine — oikodome — oy-kod-om-ay' ) denotes (a) "the act of building" (oikos, "a home," and demo, "to build"); this is used only figuratively in the NT, in the sense of Edification, the promotion of spiritual growth (lit
Agapae - Attempts have been made of late years, to revive these feasts; but in a different manner from the primitive custom, and, perhaps, with little Edification
Quench, Unquenchable - "The peace, order, and Edification of the saints were evidence of the ministry of the Spirit among them, 1 Corinthians 14:26,32,33,40 , but if, through ignorance of His ways, or through failure to recognize, or refusal to submit to, them, or through impatience with the ignorance or self-will of others, the Spirit were quenched, these happy results would be absent
Tongue - 14 gives instruction concerning the use of the gift, the paramount object being the Edification of the church; unless the "tongue" was interpreted the speaker would speak "not unto men, but unto God," 1 Corinthians 14:2 ; he would edify himself alone, 1 Corinthians 14:4 , unless he interpreted, 1 Corinthians 14:5 , in which case his interpretation would be of the same value as the superior gift of prophesying, as he would edify the church, 1 Corinthians 14:4-6 ; he must pray that he may interpret, 1 Corinthians 14:13 ; if there were no interpreter, he must keep silence, 1 Corinthians 14:28 , for all things were to be done "unto edifying," 1 Corinthians 14:26 . The completion of the Holy Scriptures has provided the churches with all that is necessary for individual and collective guidance, instruction, and Edification
Lord's Prayer - Fordyce on Edification of Public Instruction, p
Exhortation - to Titus (2 Corinthians 8:17), to Timothy (1 Timothy 1:3), to Euodia and Syntyche (Philippians 4:2); or it was a message addressed to the congregations, generally in their meetings for Edification, either verbal (Acts 13:15; Acts 20:2, 1 Corinthians 14:3) or epistolary (Acts 15:31 m. The power of exhortation was regarded as one of the charismata, or ‘gifts’ bestowed by the Holy Spirit, for the Edification of believers (Romans 12:8, 1 Corinthians 14:3)
Spiritual Gifts - ...
( b ) The purpose of the gifts is the Edification and the service of the whole body . The more startling and apparently miraculous gifts are consistently treated as subordinate to gifts of character and Edification. , Romans 8:9 , 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ) and the practical tendency to Edification ( 1 Corinthians 14:1-40 )
Gaius - He was evidently a man of position and means (the greeting from him immediately precedes that from Erastus, ‘the treasurer of the city’), whether his hospitality took the form of keeping open house for Christians and Christian visitors like the Apostle at Corinth or of allowing the Christians to meet for common worship and Edification under his roof
Ministerial Call - None can so well judge what gifts are best suited to their spiritual Edification as Christians themselves
Stone - Revelation 18:21 (see MILLSTONE); (e) the "tables (or tablets)" of the Law, 2 Corinthians 3:7 ; (f) "idol images," Acts 17:29 ; (g) the "treasures" of commercial Babylon, Revelation 18:12,16 ; (II) metaphorically, of (a) Christ, Romans 9:33 ; 1 Peter 2:4,6,8 ; (b) believers, 1 Peter 2:5 ; (c) spiritual Edification by scriptural teaching, 1 Corinthians 3:12 ; (d) the adornment of the foundations of the wall of the spiritual and heavenly Jerusalem, Revelation 21:19 ; (e) the adornment of the seven angels in Revelation 15:6 , RV (so the best texts; some have linon, "linen," AV); (f) the adornment of religious Babylon, Revelation 17:4 ; (III) figuratively, of Christ, Revelation 4:3 ; 21:11 , where "light" stands for "Light-giver" (phoster)
Grace - Spiritual instruction, improvement and Edification
Corinthians - Violently as the contest was carried on, they still did not withdraw from the same place of assembly for instruction and mutual Edification; this, however, was even the cause of too many scandalous scenes and disorders. ...
Such was the state of things as to the interior discipline of the assemblies and Edification; but the exterior deportment, which the members of this society had maintained in civil life, soon disappeared also, Formerly, when differences arose among the believers, they were adjusted by the intervention of arbitrators from their own communion, and terminated quietly
Ezra - " "He is," says Professor Binnie, "the first well-defined example of an order of men who have never since ceased in the church; men of sacred erudition, who devote their lives to the study of the Holy Scriptures, in order that they may be in a condition to interpret them for the instruction and Edification of the church
Rapture Ecstasy - Paul claimed to possess this gift, but he placed it on a lower level than the work of instruction that tended to Edification
Worship - ) meetings for Edification; (ii. ’* ...
Lindsay has described in a graphic way the meeting for Edification in one of the Gentile churches founded by St. Then came the “instruction”-sober words for Edification, based on what had been read, and coming either from the gift, of “wisdom,” or from that intuitive power of seeing into the heart of spiritual things which the apostle calls “knowledge. They started forward, the gifted men, so eager to impart what had been given them, that sometimes two or more rose at once and spoke together;‡ and sometimes when one was speaking the message came to another, and he leapt to his feet,§ increasing the emotion and taking from the Edification. ’...
The Divine Office of a later age, which traces its roots to the simple congregational meetings for Edification, allied, as we have seen, to the Synagogue services, is based on the thought of the Perpetual Priesthood of Christ
Prophecy Prophet Prophetess - Paul mentions three functions of the prophet: ‘He that prophesieth speaketh unto men Edification, and comfort, and consolation’: in other words, he builds up the Christian character, utters ethical precepts and warnings, and gives the encouragement arising from personal testimony, example, and sympathy. The canon of Edification is conspicuous in the remarkable set of rules laid down in 1 Corinthians 14:26 f. Paul did not limit freedom of speech, but in urging that only two or three prophets should address a given meeting he aimed at securing not only spiritual Edification, but reverence and order in the assembly
Marriage - ...
Seeking her spiritual welfare, and every thing that shall promote her Edification and felicity
Candlestick - ...
The several churches are mutually independent as to external ceremonies and government (provided all things are done to Edification, and needless schisms are avoided), yet one in the unity of the Spirit and headship of Christ
Excommunication - It was not, however, till churchmen began to unite temporal with spiritual power, that any penal effects of a civil kind became consequent on their sentences of excommunication; and that this ghostly artillery was not less frequently employed for the purposes of lawless ambition and ecclesiastical domination, than for the just punishment of impenitent delinquents, and the general Edification of the faithful
Painting, Religious - Representations of dogmatic truth on the walls of the Catacombs show the close connection between religion and painting, and for centuries prior to the Renaissance the chief province of art was the decoration of churches and monasteries for the instruction and Edification of the faithful
Strong And Weak - Everything we do is to be done in love, for the purpose of mutual Edification and peace (Romans 14:19 )
Genealogies - The most fantastic doctrines were drawn, even from the names in the genealogical lists, in the interests of a supposed Edification
Religious Painting - Representations of dogmatic truth on the walls of the Catacombs show the close connection between religion and painting, and for centuries prior to the Renaissance the chief province of art was the decoration of churches and monasteries for the instruction and Edification of the faithful
Acts of the Apostles - This may be accounted for by the fact that the writer confined himself to a history of the planting of the church, and not to that of its training or Edification
Fruit - It may also include rich and fruitful work in which the Christian engages, such as soul winning, Christian Edification, missions and other ministries which flow from the hearts of those who are saved by grace
History, Church - With them church history served the purpose of Edification rather than of truth, and it was only with the appearance of humanism in the later Middle Ages that historical criticism came into honor
Greek Language - In particular, the president or the spiritual man, who read the Apostle's Greek letter to the Hebrews in their public assemblies, could without any hesitation render it into the Hebrew language, for the Edification of those who did not understand Greek
Version, the Authorised - Hugh Broughton, described as the greatest Hebrew scholar of the age, but who had not been invited to help in the work, declared he "would rather be torn in pieces by wild horses than impose such a version on the poor churches of England"! This is a verdict that has been annulled by the praise bestowed upon it by thousands of learned men ever since, who, without saying that the translation is perfect, have yet spoken in the highest terms of its excellence as a whole, and indeed this opinion is evidenced in that it has held its ground fornearly 400 years, and has been the means of carrying the gospel and God's revealed truth wherever in the world the English language is spoken, to the salvation of lost sinners, and to the comfort and Edification of believers
David - In introducing them into the temple service, David added an important and Edification to the former ritual
Formalism - ...
(b) Not only ritual or sacramental acts, but all observances which are labelled ‘religious,’ even those which are most directly designed for instruction and Edification, are exposed to the same danger
Teaching - -Instruction was often given collectively, in public or in private, ‘in the temple and at home’ (Acts 5:42), in the Christian congregation (Acts 11:26), and more generally in the meeting for Edification such as St. Paul to the Corinthians for the orderly conduct of their Edification meetings gave to teaching a growing importance in the process of spiritual upbuilding. While the preacher, as a herald (κῆρυξ), made his proclamation that Jesus was the Christ of God, and the Saviour of mankind, the teacher, in the meeting for Edification or to individual listeners, had to unfold and explain the deep truths involved in this momentous fact
Comfort - The detailed results of ‘prophesying’ are given in 1 Corinthians 14:3 as ‘edification and comfort and consolation’ (Revised Version )
Separation - ...
It would be a mistake to suppose that Christ meant to withhold from His disciples authority to exercise discipline in the case of grave offences against the laws of the Kingdom, discipline which they did, in point of fact, afterwards exercise (Acts 8:20-23, 1 Corinthians 5:3-5), but which had for its object the Edification, and not the destruction, of believers (2 Corinthians 10:8)
Abgar - Sylvester in Rome, where it is still exhibited for the Edification of the faithful
Preaching - Both travelled about, the former continuously in their missionary activities, the latter frequently settling down in one locality where their preaching would tend to Edification and exhortation. In these spiritual communities meetings for Edification were held, in which every one who had a ‘gift’-whether of prophecy or interpretation, or ‘tongues,’ or praise (1 Corinthians 14:26 f
Tongues, Gift of - ...
He who spoke (praying) in a tongue should pray that he might (be able to) interpret for Edification of the church (1 Corinthians 14:13; 1 Corinthians 14:26-27)
Jude, Epistle of - The unity of the Church is to be preserved by mutual Edification in Divine truth, by prayer through the indwelling Spirit, by keeping within the range of Divine love, and by watching for the day when Christ will come in mercy as Judge
Old Testament Quotations in the New Testament - ...
The Uses of Old Testament Quotations The New Testament writers used Old Testament quotations for at least four reasons: (1) to demonstrate that Jesus is the fulfillment of God's purposes and of the prophetic witness of the Old Testament Scriptures ( Romans 1:2 ; Matthew 4:14 ; Matthew 12:17-21 ; Matthew 21:4-5 ); (2) as a source for ethical instruction and Edification of the church ( Romans 13:8-10 ; 2 Corinthians 13:1 ); (3) to interpret contemporary events (Romans 9-11 ; Romans 15:8-12 ); (4) to prove a point on the assumption that the Scripture is God's Word (1 Corinthians 10:26 ; 1 Corinthians 14:21 ; 1 Corinthians 15:55 )
Offices of Christ - ‘Christ executeth the office of a prophet in His revealing to the Church in all ayes, by His Spirit and word, in divers ways of administration, the whole will of God, in all things concerning their Edification and salvation
Organization (2) - His race had learned in the Captivity and the Dispersion the value of some outward conformity, especially of holy seasons, holy books, and meetings for worship and Edification, all aiming at that unity expressed in Acts 4:32 ‘they had one heart and soul. Here were held gatherings for common prayer, for the breaking of bread, for Apostolic teaching and fellowship (Acts 2:42), and for the moral Edification of those present
Church - The visible church, while avoiding needless alterations, has power under God to modify her polity as shall tend most to Edification (Matthew 18:18; 1 Corinthians 12:28-30; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Ephesians 4:11-16)
Episcopacy - Some argue that the nature of the office which the apostles bore was such, that the Edification of the church would require they should have some successors in those ministrations which are not common to Gospel ministers
Goodness (Human) - The ‘good’ of the neighbour which is to be promoted according to Romans 15:2 is his ethical good (‘unto Edification’), but it is in part so called because it promotes his spiritual welfare
Corinthians, Epistles to the - ...
1 Corinthians 14 : Here we get the practical working of the organisation of chapter 12 when actually in assembly, love being the spring, and the Edification of the saints the result
Sabbath - 16:2-3; Apion, 1:20, 2:18) declare the earliest Jewish traditions state the object of the sabbath to be to furnish means for spiritual Edification (Leviticus 10:11; Deuteronomy 33:10)
Quakers - "As we dare not encourage any ministry but that which we believe to spring from the influence of the Holy Spirit, so neither dare we attempt to restrain this influence to persons of any condition in life, or to the male sex alone; but, as male and female are one in Christ, we allow such of the female sex as we believe to be endued with a right qualification for the ministry, to exercise their gifts for the general Edification of the church; and this liberty we esteem a peculiar mark of the Gospel dispensation, as foretold by the prophet Joel, Joel 2:28-29 . The body followed by the relations and friends, is sometimes, previously to interment, carried to a meeting; and at the grave a pause is generally made: on both which occasions it frequently falls out that one or more friends present have somewhat to express for the Edification of those who attend; but no religious rite is considered as an essential part of burial
John, Epistles of - In both the Apostle writes for Edification, but in the Gospel the foundations of Christian faith and doctrine are shown to lie in history; in the Epistle the effects of belief are traced out in practice. Paul’s personal letter to Philemon, is not without use for general Edification
the Angel of the Church in Pergamos - Whether the minister of Pergamos found all that heathen environment as full of delight and Edification to himself, and to his proselyte people, in his day as it is to us in our day, is another matter
Marriage - As Christ loved the church, so husbands are to love their wives; as Christ "gave himself," his life, "for the church," Ephesians 5:25 , so are they to hazard life for their wives; as Christ saves his church, so is it the bounden duty of husbands to endeavour, by ever possible means, to promote the religious Edification and salvation of their wives
Prayer - ...
These meetings should be attended with regularity; those who engage should study simplicity, brevity, Scripture language, seriousness of spirit, and every thing that has a tendency to Edification. I am persuaded, however, that if young Christians did not give themselves up to a loose and negligent habit of speaking every thing that comes uppermost, but attempted to learn this holy skill by a recollection of the several parts of prayer, and properly disposing their thoughts, there would be great numbers in our churches that would arrive at a good degree of the gift of prayer, and that to the great Edification of our churches, as well as of their own families
Heaven - Some think that there shall; and that, as persons of all nations and tongues shall make up that blessed society, so they shall praise God in the same language which they before used when on earth; and that this worship may be performed with the greatest harmony, and to mutual Edification, all the saints shall, by the immediate power and providence of God, be able to understand and make use of every one of those different languages, as well as their own
Infancy - The historical basis, that is to say, is treated in subservience to Edification and the expression of a Messianic faith
Jonah - ...
It does not seem possible to pronounce a decided verdict in favour of any one of these hypotheses to the exclusion of the others, though it may he allowed that (3) contains more of difficulty than (1) or (2); and whilst of these latter (2) is perhaps the more attractive, (1) can certainly be held without belittling our Lord’s Divinity or detracting from His authority as a moral and religions Teacher, and without weakening the force of the lessons for all generations derivable from the use He made of the story of Jonah for the Edification and warning of the men of His own day
the Mother of Zebedee's Children - '...
It was our Lord's continual way to make Scriptures out of His disciples, and to have those Scriptures written and preserved for our Edification
Reprobation - Their state is fixed, their afflictions in this life will not in any instance be overruled for ends of Edification and salvation; they are left under a necessity of sinning in every condition; and a future life presents no compensation, but a fearful looking for of fiery and quenchless indignation
Presence - The NT, indeed, enforces and illustrates the truth that the presence of God is often most vividly apprehended when a community of disciples, whether they be few or many, meet in His name for fellowship, praise, and Edification
Shimei - The deathbed sayings of God's saints have a special interest and a delightful Edification to us; but David's last words to Solomon about Shimei-we would pass them by if we could
the Man Who Found Treasure Hid in a Field - As also his ever sleepless labours for their understanding and Edification
Seceders - It was also said that this act was extremely prejudicial to the honour and interest of the church, as well as to the Edification of the people; and, in fine, that it was directly contrary to the appointment of Jesus Christ, and the practice of the apostles, when they filled up the first vacancy in the apostolic college, and appointed the election of deacons and elders in the primitive church
Gifts - By their fruits they were known; and the χάρισμα, which, however admirable in itself, was not associated with personal worth and holy influence, could not in the nature of things be recognized as making for Edification and order in the Church life
Beda, Historian - After his ordination he devoted himself to selecting from the Fathers passages suitable for illustration and Edification, and, as he says modestly, added contributions of his own after the pattern of their comments
Paul's Blamelessness as a Minister - For Paul so magnified his ministry; he so gave himself up to his ministry; he so laboured in season and out of season in his ministry; and above all he so pleased all men in all things for their good to Edification; he so went about doing good and giving none offence that he lifted both his ministry and himself clear up above all the fault-finding of all fair-minded men
Philippians, Epistle to - Paul’s Epistles used widely for Edification by all the Churches
Talmud - Although the Haggadic element plays a much less Important rôle than the Halakhic, still the former is well represented, and is often employed for purposes of Edification and rebuke, as well as for instruction
Church - The Church is thus not a voluntary association of justified persons for purposes of mutual Edification and common worship, but the body in which the individual believer normally realizes his redemption
Solomon - But I must say it is both a relief and an Edification to my mind that the greatest castaway in the Bible may not have been the original and real and only author of one of the greatest and best prayers in the Bible
Miracles - The record of the standing still of the sun in Gibeon is obviously a prosaic misinterpretation of a poetic phrase ( Joshua 10:12-14 ); behind the record of the bringing back of the shadow on the dial of Ahaz ( 2 Kings 20:11 ) we may assume some unusual atmospheric phenomenon, refracting the rays of the sun; the speech of Balaam’s ass ( Numbers 22:27 ) may be regarded as an objectifying by the seer of his own scruples, doubts, and fears; the Book of Jonah is now interpreted not literally, but figuratively; the Book of Daniel is not now generally taken as history, but rather as the embellishment of history for the purposes of Edification
Church - " The church is a society founded upon faith, and united by mutual love, for the personal Edification of its members in holiness, and for the religious benefit of the world
Transfiguration (2) - In the Epistles the aim of the writers is not historical statement, but doctrinal elucidation and practical Edification—an aim which calls for but slight advertence to the outward facts of Christ’s earthly life
Canon - There is good reason to think that, if God saw it needful, and for the Edification of the church, that such books should be written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, by his providence he would have taken care to preserve them from destruction
Prophecy - 6: ver 7; and whoever speaketh unto men to Edification, and exhortation, and comfort, is by St
Grace - This is true of the list of gifts in Ephesians 4:3-11 corporately to the church and the gifts given to individuals within the church for its Edification ( Romans 12:4-8 ;
Paul the Apostle - The reasons given are that the 13 writings in question are not really epistles intended for definite readers, but are books written in the form of epistles for Edification; that there is no trace of the impression which, if genuine, they must have made on those addressed; that St
Elijah - Elisha, when getting his choice, asked not for gains, honors, or pleasures, but for spiritual gifts, with a view, not to his own glory, but to the glory of God and the Edification of the church
Ignatius - For they comprise faith and endurance and every kind of Edification, which pertaineth unto out Lord
Moravians - He had taught some of them to read, and had left a Dutch Bible with them, which they used to read together, for their Edification
Science (2) - Thus the literary and legal ‘science’ of the scribes had all the defects of the ‘scientific’ temper of the Jews—the criterion of truth was not descriptive accuracy, but Edification, the method was inventive and metaphysical, there was an absence of generalizing and systematizing power, and an over-emphasis of the particular and concrete
Gospels (Apocryphal) - no Gospels were reckoned as authoritative except those now in the Canon, the Apocryphal Gospels continued to be read for purposes of Edification, both in public and in private
John Epistles of - -If the analysis given of the teaching of the First Epistle is correct, it follows that Edification and exhortation rather than controversy are the writer’s primary objects
Polycarp - For they comprise faith and endurance and every kind of Edification, which pertaineth unto our Lord’ (xiii
Paul - Inevitably, therefore, they had Edification in view; and some of them are little different from sermons
John, Gospel of (ii. Contents) - Moral Edification and gnosis were the only objects for which it was at all worth while to trouble about the records of the past
Ambrosius of Milan - The sacred books, for which he had a profound reverence, were to him—what pastoral and didactic theology has always tended to make them—verbal materials for Edification, which was to be extracted from them by any and every kind of interpretation to which their letter could be subjected
Hermas, Known as the Shepherd - ...
It is disappointing to have to add that an ordinary Christian of to-day would find in the book neither much interest nor Edification, and that the historical student finds in it much less help than he might expect
Worship - By this his church confesses his name before the world; by this the public teaching of his word is associated with acts calculated to affect the mind with that solemnity which is the best preparation for hearing it to Edification
Neology - To this is added, that a certain coldness appears to prevail in the common mode of treating these subjects, especially in the practical topics of theology; these being set forth as theoretical propositions, so that scarcely any life or any religious influence finds its way into the minds of readers; and the Edification of mind, (though it should be the principal object in sacred theology,) derived from them is very slight
Pelagianism And Pelagius - He refused to decide upon the merits of the case until the accusers appeared before him, whilst he informed the African bishops that he had admonished Coelestius and his followers to abstain from these nice and curious questions which did not tend to Edification