12 qto equip the saints for the work of ministry, for rbuilding up sthe body of Christ,
16 bfrom whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, cwhen each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
30 because nwe are members of his body.
18 And rhe is the head of the body, the church. He is sthe beginning, tthe firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
Paul’s Ministry to the Church
24 Now jI rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh kI am filling up lwhat is lacking in Christ’s afflictions mfor the sake of his body, that is, the church,
23 For cthe husband is the head of the wife even as dChrist is the head of the church, his body, and is ehimself its Savior.
27 Now qyou are the body of Christ and individually rmembers of it.