From ????????? 'to build, to build up.' The same word is used for the building of the Temple at Jerusalem, Joh 2:20, and by the Lord when He said He would build His assembly. Mt 16:18. ???????? occurs often in the epistles with the exhortation that all things in the church should be done to edification. Ro 14:19; 15:2; 1Co 14:3-26; Eph 4:16,29. The gifts in the church were also for the edifying of the body of Christ, Eph 4:12; and when things were at their worst Christians were exhorted to be building up themselves on their most holy faith. Jude 1:20. As a building is increased and strengthened, so the body of Christ is built up by the ministry of the Spirit through the word until all come "unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." Eph 4:13.