Ephesians 4:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 4:13, NIV: "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."

Ephesians 4:13, ESV: "until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,"

Ephesians 4:13, KJV: "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:"

Ephesians 4:13, NASB: "until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ."

Ephesians 4:13, NLT: "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."

Ephesians 4:13, CSB: "until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God's Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ's fullness."

What does Ephesians 4:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Church leaders are to equip believers to serve, in order to build up the community of believers (Ephesians 4:12). This verse adds three additional reasons. First, Paul wants believers to live in unity. This unity is based on the essentials of our faith. It does not imply compromising necessary beliefs, or a lack of beliefs.

Second, believers are to grow in "knowledge of the Son of God." The focus of church leaders is preparing Christians to serve others, in practical ways. And yet, knowledge is a critically important part of effective service.

Third, Paul wants every believer to grow in maturity. Obviously, Paul is not referring to biology. Instead, he means spiritual growth, which includes increases in the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23) and our love for both God and others (Matthew 22:37–40). The end goal is to be "full" of Christ or the "fullness of Christ" (also Ephesians 1:23: 3:19). Paul often wrote of the importance of maturity for believers (1 Corinthians 2:6; 14:20; Philippians 3:15; Colossians 1:28; 4:12). Hebrews 5:14 adds that "solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil."