Blogger was playing up again yesterday evening. I did manage to post on A Vision of Paradise, but by the time I had prepared this Bible passage Blogger was down again. So I am posting it the next morning. It seems that Blogger works in the morning here, perhaps because most Americans are still in bed, perhaps because the engineers who are playing about with it are in bed!
I chose this passage partly because I was working yesterday on a draft translation of Ephesians, and I had to look at some difficult issues in this passage.
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Ephesians 4:11-16 (TNIV©)