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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 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Edification'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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