And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 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 4:11-13)

Are you not conscious, believers, that you are being built up unto a divinely glorious form, after a high and noble model? It does not yet appear what we shall be, but you must be conscious that course upon course of precious stones has been built upon the foundation of your faith in Christ.

Since you have know the Lord, you have made a distinct advance. At times you are afraid you have only grown downwards, but you have grown; there is something about you now that was not there ten years ago.

I am distinctly conscious, somehow, that twenty years ago I was not what I now am. I want the life in me to be developed and set free. Do you never feel the same? Have you not felt as if you yourself were big with a fat more glorious nature and longed for deliverance from flesh and frailty?

These groanings, aspirations, hopes, and desires are all seals of salvation; you will never find the ungodly thus moved. Those pangs are peculiar to life. You are not a finished structure, but a house in process of erection, and you may be sure that one of these days the top stone shall be brought forth with shoutings of “Grace, grace upon it.” ((Charles SpurgeonAt the Master’s Feet [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005], May 31.))

Charles Spurgeon

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