“However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.” Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world. And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself. Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
After telling the Ephesian church to make every effort to maintain one spirit of unity between themselves because “There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all”,
(Ephesians 4:5-6) he explains that though we should be unified, we’ve been given different giftings with which to function within the Body of Christ (vs 7). Each has a role or a function! These gifts (listed in vs 11), arn’t just gifts given to certain members of the Body, buy they are also people given to lead His Church!
Here’s the giftings:
“the apostles”: Apostles are establishes. They might be called church planters. They get things going right from the start.
“the prophets”: these are guys that guide the church and who speak up when things are right and when they’re wrong. We see many examples of prophets in the old testament, and John the Baptist, whom some of these people knew personally, was a prophet. He told Israel Who Jesus was and why He came!
“the evangelists”: these are those people to who telling the story of Christ comes quite naturally.
“and the pastors and teachers.”: these are people who lead, guide and nurture the church and it’s members to maturity!
Each have a function, but each function is to be done in unity with Holy Spirit, to unify the Church.
Think about it!