Ephesians 4:11

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he gaue some, Apostles: and some, Prophets: and some, Euangelists: and some, Pastors, and teachers:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And He gave some {as} apostles, and some {as} prophets, and some {as} evangelists, and some {as} pastors and teachers,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he gave some `to be' apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he gave some as Apostles, and some, prophets; and some, preachers of the good news; and some to give care and teaching;
- Basic English Bible

and *he* has given some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some shepherds and teachers,
- Darby Bible

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
- Webster's Bible

And He Himself appointed some to be Apostles, some to be Prophets, some to be evangelists, some to be pastors and teachers,
- Weymouth Bible

He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers;
- World English Bible

And he yaf summe apostlis, summe prophetis, othere euangelistis, othere scheepherdis and techeris,
- Wycliffe Bible

and He gave some [as] apostles, and some [as] prophets, and some [as] proclaimers of good news, and some [as] shepherds and teachers,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 4:11


4:11 And, among other his free gifts, he gave some apostles - His chief ministers and special witnesses, as having seen him after his resurrection, and received their commission immediately from him. And same prophets, and some evangelists - A prophet testifies of things to come; an evangelist of things past: and that chiefly by preaching the gospel before or after any of the apostles. All these were extraordinary officers. The ordinary were. Some pastors - Watching over their several flocks. And some teachers - Whether of the same or a lower order, to assist them, as occasion might require.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 4:11


Eph 4:11 And he gave. It has just been shown that Christ "gave gifts to men" (Eph 4:7,8). Of these gifts were various offices. The object of all these offices was to promote "the unity of the faith" (Eph 4:13). Christ has appointed the offices, and gives the men in the church who are fitted for these offices. In the matter of those offices that continue, it is the duty of the church to recognize and call out the men who meet the conditions Christ has given. Some, apostles. The apostles were all chosen by Christ. All had to be witnesses of his resurrection (Ac 1:22). They, therefore, could have no successors, but their own office continues. They still remain teachers and in authority by their writings and example. And some, prophets. An inspired office, essential in the church for its teaching until the New Testament was completed. And some, evangelists. Such as Philip (Ac 8:4-12 21:8), Timothy (2Ti 4:2), Titus (Tit 2:1,15), etc. This office is to preach the gospel, and will be necessary as long as the church continues on earth. As this office did not require extraordinary gifts, it is permanent. And some, pastors and teachers. These were not distinct offices. Bishops, or elders, and especially those "who labored in word and doctrine" (1Ti 5:17), came under this head. A pastor should always be an elder, but it is not certain that a teacher was always an elder. These offices were all given for the purposes indicated in Eph 4:12.

Discussion for Ephesians 4

  • Wayne
    Ivy, Acts 3:19, after repentance our sins are blotted out in the sight of God. Not to be remembered. Paul writes that he forgot those that were behind and was pressing on to the mark of the prize of the high calling of God.
  • Doreen
    - we are One Body, One Spirit, same Essence, Ability and Power as Christ. Amen.
  • Bja
    9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Kim, Ephesians 4 3:6 gives us the context; one spirit, one body of Christ (his church) is in unity, with a high calling of hope and peace. We are to be in unity of God's law. Contending for the faith.
  • Lu2677
    Hello Ivy, you wrote that sometimes in order to forgive, we have to forgive ourselves too. Can you give me the scripture that tells us this is true? Because I just read Ephesians 4, I searched this site for the word "forgive" and "forgiveness" I do not see where God commands or even suggests to us to forgive ourselves. We are commanded to repent of our sins. I am trying to help you with love.
  • Ivy
    Showing forgiveness sometimes is being kind to those who hurt you. Showing that you love them and your over it no matter what however sometimes in order to forgive sometimes we have to forgive ourselves to. God wants us to forgive not just others but ourselves for the mistakes God is still working on us.

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