But what does it mean, “he was raised,” if not that he was also brought down to the lower places of the earth. The one who brought him down is also the one who raised him above all the heavens. He raised him up so that everything might be fulfilled. And he appeared to the apostles and the prophets and the evangelists and the shepherds and the teachers. He appeared for two reasons: first, to equip the saints for the work of serving, and second so that through the service, they might build up the body of Christ. They build up the body until we all achieve unity of faith and unity of the knowledge of the Son of God. They build up the body until we all discover our best selves. The service of the saints builds us up until we can embody the most Christ like versions of ourselves.
And theirs and Christ’s work happened so that we might no longer be childish, tossed by breaking waves and blown about –by the craftiness of humanity, in trickery, by the scheming of deception– by the winds of “teaching.” No, let us grow by speaking the truth in love. In all ways, we grow into him. He is Christ the head. From him the whole body is constituted and fits together through every supporting ligament. All and are united by practice so that we measure each member’s growth in the body by how much he is building up others in love.