We Need Edification
We need edification if we are to please God.
John 5:14: Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
John 8:11: . . . Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Edifying is what Christians do for one another. The vast majority of mentions of the word in the Bible occur in connection with churches. If you are not regularly attending a Biblical church, you are not being edified. The word means: to build, the act of building, build up, building up, to instruct so as to promote intellectual or especially moral improvement. If you are not regularly attending a church and associating with other believers, you are not being improved morally. You will continue in and tolerate immoral behavior (sin) in yourself and others. The main reason individuals avoid church is to continue in sin. Avoiding the most Biblical church we can find and avoiding other believers WILL CAUSE us to sin. Biblical churches will teach us how to do what is right instead of sinning and provide examples of Godly behavior. One of God*s main purposes for the Bible is to reprove us of our sin and correct us.
2 Timothy 3:16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Psalms 119:11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Romans 14:19: Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
1 Corinthians 10:23: All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. 12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. 26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
2 Corinthians 10:8: For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed: 12:19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. 13:10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.
Ephesians 4:12: For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. :29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
1 Thessalonians 5:11: Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
1 Timothy 1:4: Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.