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Ephesians 4:15

    Ephesians 4:15 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But saying true words in love, may come to full growth in him, who is the head, even Christ;

    Webster's Revision

    but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ;

    World English Bible

    but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, Christ;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    but speaking truth in love, may grow up in all things into him, which is the head, even Christ;

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 4:15

    But, speaking the truth in love - The truth recommended by the apostle is the whole system of Gospel doctrine; this they are to teach and preach, and this is opposed to the deceit mentioned above. This truth, as it is the doctrine of God's eternal love to mankind, must be preached in love. Scolding and abuse from the pulpit or press, in matters of religion, are truly monstrous. He who has the truth of God has no need of any means to defend or propagate it, but those which love to God and man provides.

    Grow up into him - This is a continuance of the metaphor taken from the members of a human body receiving nourishment equally and growing up, each in its due proportion to other parts, and to the body in general. The truth of God should be so preached to all the members of the Church of God, that they may all receive an increase of grace and life; so that each, in whatever state he may be, may get forward in the way of truth and holiness. In the Church of Christ there are persons in various states: the careless, the penitent, the lukewarm, the tempted, the diffident, the little child, the young man, and the father. He who has got a talent for the edification of only one of those classes should not stay long in a place, else the whole body cannot grow up in all things under his ministry.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 4:15

    But speaking the truth in love - Margin, "being sincere." The translation in the text is correct - literally, "truthing in love" - ἀληθεύοντες alētheuontes. Two things are here to be noted:

    (1) The truth is "to be spoken" - the simple, unvarnished truth. This is the way to avoid error, and this is the way to preserve others from error. In opposition to all trick, and art, and cunning, and fraud, and deception, Christians are to speak the simple truth, and nothing but the truth. Every statement which they make should be unvarnished truth; every promise which they make should be true; every representation which they make of the sentiments of others should he simple truth. "Truth is the representation of things as they are;" and there is no virtue that is more valuable in a Christian than the love of simple truth.

    (2) the second thing is, that the truth should be spoken "in love." There are other ways of speaking truth. It is sometimes spoken in a harsh, crabby, sour manner, which does nothing but disgust and offend When we state truth to others, it should he with love to their souls, and with a sincere desire to do them good. When we admonish a brother of his faults, it should not be in a harsh and unfeeling manner, but in love. Where a minister pronounces the awful truth of God about depravity, death, the judgment, and future woe, it should be in love. It should not be done in a harsh and repulsive manner; it should not he done as if he rejoiced that people were in danger of hell, or as if he would like to pass the final sentence; it should not be with indifference, or in a tone of superiority. And in like manner, if we go to convince one who is in error, we should approach him in love. We should not dogmatize, or denounce, or deal out anathemas. Such things only repel. "He has done about half his work in convincing another of error who has first convinced him that he loves him;" and if he does not do that, he may argue to the hour of his death and make no progress in convincing him.

    May grow up into him - Into Christ; that is, to the stature of a complete man in him.

    Which is the head - Ephesians 1:22 note; 1 Corinthians 11:3 note.

    Wesley's Notes on Ephesians 4:15

    4:15 Into him - Into his image and Spirit, and into a full union with him.