So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church (1 Corinthians 14:12).
What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation Let all things be done for edification (1 Corinthians 14:26).
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear (Ephesians 4:29).
…love edifies (I Corinthians 8:1).
So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase (Acts 9:31).
The Greek word translated “edify” (oikodomeo) implies “building up.” As used in the writings of Paul and Luke, it simply means that we help each other grow spiritually in the things we say and do. This is not a mere suggestion, it is an imperative.
If I understand the above passages, in all of our interactions edification must be paramount. Whether it is an assembly, Bible class, business meeting, a potluck, a conversation over coffee, an encounter on the street, grocery store…wherever…the goal is to build up one another, to encourage spiritual growth.
We have lost sight of this in so many ways…to our detriment. Is edification the goal when we file into our assemblies? Do we file out edified? Too often we leave our assemblies having listened to an irrelevant sermon, sung to the backs of those in front of us and communed with no one in particular. It is even worse where the use of loud musical instruments makes singing to one another impossible. Could that be why we are commanded simply to sing (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16)?
Edification is an act of love. It gives grace, produces peace, respect for our God, peace and comfort. Churches where edification is paramount “increase.”
Edification is imperative. “Let all things be done for edification.” Those of us concerned with restoring primitive Christianity must add edification to the list.