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 4:11

  • Ronald Friesen for verse 11
    I believe that we are all called to be evangelist even without the special gifting or title "you are my witnesses " and if we are a witness to Christ love and his Salvation for us we are to share this good news with others all not just the two or 10 that might engage in conversation and seeking to lead people to Christ. Too many people excuse themselves to say they don 't have the gift but we all have the calling from the Lord to share the good news
  • I think that 4 9, and 10, are also intrinsically related to this verse as well, as it states that, "What is it, but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth,? " Then verse 10 goes on to say, "He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things. " This seems to indicate that he went to the deepest place to save, and then to the highest to give praise unto God, for his great and awesome mercy and kindness in doing so. He gave these ministries to demonstrate just that as well,regarding those called to those ministries, as well as those to whom they will serve.
  • Prophet-Leonard Barrett for verse 11
    I like this but you cannot remove a part of the foundation and except it to stand, JESUS the chief corner stone.will not please.Do you know what is a foundation if you know you will never try to removed it. Why do you think that JESUS be the chief corner stone? You must go my corner stone to step on the foundation and no one can. Matthew chapter 16 verses 18. I like this Ephesians 2 20. I like this Ben Weaver ' comment.
  • Theresa for verse 11
    I believe the Apostles were called of God for the establishment of the church The church began with Peter and the disciples After the church was established there was no need for the title of Apostle God s church has been established the churches now are just building made by hand to give us a place to worship But God has told us that he does not dwell in temples made by hand We as Christian became the church The prophet proclaimed God s word for the future
  • my comment is a question how do you know when you have been called. and then what is the process God wants you to follow to become a pastor.
  • God called Prophets anciently both during the time of Christ's mortal mission and long before (Moses, Noah etc.). God is the same yesterday, today and forever. God continues to call Prophets today for which I am grateful.

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