A Word on Edification
The dictionary definition for edification is “improvement, instruction, or enlightenment, especially when morally or spiritually uplifting.”
Edification, then, is similar to spiritual growth. It is that which moves us forward in knowledge of and obedience to God.
(2 Peter 1:5-8) says, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
In essence, Peter is talking about edification ….
As Christians, we are expected to grow spiritually. Our knowledge of God should be ever-increasing, and our obedience to Him should be continually perfected. Obedience is the key that unlocks the blessings and favor. The Christian life is about “improvement.” Not self-improvement or works-based improvement, but newness from God.
In Christ we are new creations and we are being made new (2 Corinthians 5:17); (Philippians 3:12). We have been declared righteous and are becoming righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21); (Philippians 1:6).
Christians are called to cooperate with God’s work in them. We should be intentional about our edification, seeking to know God and to obey Him. We are told to build one another up (1 Thessalonians 5:11); (Romans 14:19). We should seek to live at peace with others (Romans 12:8). We should monitor our thoughts and set our minds on things of God (Philippians 4:8).
And above all, we should seek God and submit to His work in us. Edification is for the glory of God and the good of His people ….
“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” (Romans 14:19)