Ephesians 4:7

7 But 1grace was given 2to each one of us 3according to the measure of Christ's gift.

Ephesians 4:7 Meaning and Commentary

Ephesians 4:7

But unto everyone of us is given grace
Which may refer to the saints in common, and may be interpreted of justifying, pardoning, adopting, sanctifying, and persevering grace, bestowed upon them all, freely and liberally, not grudgingly, nor niggardly, and without motive and condition in them; or to the ministers of the Gospel, and so design gifts fitting for the ministry, which every one has, though differing one from another, and all of free grace:

according to the measure of the gift of Christ:
either according to the gift of grace to Christ before the world began, and the measure of it, which he communicates to them in time, even grace for grace; or according to that measure of gifts which Christ received from men at his ascension: it may be observed that every member of Christ, and minister of his, receive more or less grace and gifts from him; and that what they receive is all of free grace, and in measure; and though they may have gifts differing one from another, yet all are useful; so that there is no room for pride, envy, and contempt, which would break in upon the unity of the Spirit; for what is said from ( Ephesians 4:3 ) contains so many arguments to stir up the saints to endeavour to preserve that.

Ephesians 4:7 In-Context

5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
8 Therefore it says, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men."
9 (In saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth?

Cross References 3

  • 1. See Ephesians 3:2
  • 2. [Matthew 25:15; 1 Corinthians 12:7]
  • 3. Romans 12:3; [ver. 16]