The challenge of maintaining the unity of the Spirit (vs. 3) is monumental if we are honest. Attempting to live out the “ones” of vs. 4-6 at times will seem impossible given the selfishness and pride that continue to haunt us, even as we attempt to follow Christ authentically. What is to be done?
Paul is ready with the answer! Christ, the triumphant, risen Head of the Church has given gifts to the church. It is through the proper working of these gifts that truth and love more and more become powerful elements in the church, which allows for the maturing of the Body in the mission of Christ. What are these gifts? While there are many “grace gifts” the church receives, here he centers in on those who occupy positions of leadership and instruction.