2. THE THREE-FOLD OBJECTIVE OF THE CHRISTIAN
"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," verse 13. This is an enlargement of verse 12.
A. The work of the ministry continues until that fulness of faith and knowledge. Not until the glorification of the elect and the fulness of united faith will the ministry end. The restitution of all things and the final damnation of the wicked will end the ministry, Acts 3:21; Rev 21:5-8. When faith will give way to seeing and full knowledge, 1 Cor 13:12; 2 Cor 3:18; 1 John 3:2; Rev 22:4.
B. The precise unity referred to. We are being brought on to perfection by the Word of God. When God finished the creation of man, He was perfect. When the work of the gospel ministry is finished with us we shall be perfect, Jude 24; Eph 5:27. So Paul laboured, 2 Cor 11:2.
C. When this perfection will be reached. When the mystical body of Christ has reached full stature. The word fulness refers to a ship being ladened until full.